The Refugee Crisis: Past and Present

The Refugee Crisis: Past and Present
Thu, 09/15/2016 - 6:30pm - 8:30pm

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The Refugee Crisis:  Past and Present 

Thursday, September 15, 2016

 6:30 - 8:30PM
Reception and Program
Lycée Français de New York  
505 East 75th Street
New York City  


Please join us as Academy Award winning filmmaker ChrisTashima presents Visas and Virtue, the film inspired by the true story of Holocaust rescuer Chiune Sugihara, known as "The Japanese Schindler," and winner of the 1998 Oscar for Best Live Action Short Film. Mr. Tashima will share personal remarks on his film and take questions from the audience.




Following the screening will be a panel discussion featuring two of the leading experts on the current global refugee situation, as well as first-person testimony from a young woman displaced from her country, the Democratic Republic of the Congo, who found refuge in the US.


Becca Heller, Co-Founder and Director of IRAP, the International Refugee Assistance Program, and Visiting Clinical Lecturer at Yale Law School.


Jennifer Prestholdt, Deputy Director and Director of the International Justice Program at The Advocates for Human Rights.


Esperance Gikundiro, a courageous woman from the Democratic Republic of the Congo forced to flee her country at a very young age, who found refuge in the US through the help of UNHCR and Heshima Kenya, an NGO that empowers refugee women and girls.



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This event is co-sponsored by:  
The Association of Asian American Yale Alumni 
Yale Alumni Association of New York
Yale Black Alumni Association
Yale Alumni Nonprofit Alliance



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