On June 12, a distinguished group of former government officials, refugee rights leaders, and supporters of refugee protection gathered at the Jimmy Carter Presidential Library & Museum in Atlanta for a celebration of the Refugee Act of 1980.
The recent Jews for Refugees Assembly in Salt Lake City helped people to learn more about refugee issues in their local area and to raise their voice together as part of the broader American Jewish movement for refugees.
The Jimmy Carter Presidential Library and HIAS celebrate the Refugee Act of 1980—passed unanimously by the Senate and signed into law by President Jimmy Carter. This signature achievement of the Carter administration established an annual ceiling for refugees and created a process of review to address refugee emergencies through annual consultation between Congress and the President. There will be panel discussions on the events leading up to the Refugee Act, the Implementation of the Act and the significance of the Act today.
Lucy was reunited with her husband and children in Maryland, thanks to HIAS and a new partnership with Miles4Migrants, an organization that uses donated airline reward miles to help relocate and reunite families of refugees and asylum seekers.