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Celebrating World Refugee Day

SIOUX FALLS, SD — June 20, 2023 is World Refugee Day. Join LSS for a free panel conversation at the Coliseum (515 North Main Avenue) from Noon-1 pm to learn more about the refugee resettlement process and resettlement in South Dakota. Hear directly from former refugees about their experiences. The event will include a panel moderated by Valeria Wicker, Program Supervisor for the Multi-Cultural Center and feature Tim Jurgens (State Refugee Coordinator), Monira Almas, Adane Redda, Felicité Kabwali, and Maryna Golovko.  


World Refugee Day is an international day designated by the United Nations to honor refugees around the globe. It celebrates the strength and courage of people who have been forced to flee their home country to escape conflict or persecution.


This year, World Refugee Day focuses on the power of inclusion and solutions for refugees.


Hope away from Home. A world where refugees are always included.


Including refugees in the communities where they have found safety after fleeing conflict and persecution is the most effective way to support them in restarting their lives and enable them to contribute to the countries hosting them. It’s also the best way to prepare them to return home and rebuild their countries, when conditions allow them to do so safely and voluntarily, or to thrive if they are resettled to another country.


Doors open at the Coliseum at 11:30 am. The food truck Sabores 502 will be available in front of the Coliseum. 


About LSS of South Dakota, LSS responds to changing needs in South Dakota communities. Our vision is that all people in South Dakota will be healthy, safe, and accepted. LSS is one of the largest private non-profit human service agencies in South Dakota serving people of all ages, faiths, races, and economic statuses with professional, confidential, and affordable services statewide.