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December 2021

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International Human Rights Day 14 Days of Advocacy, Day 4

Wednesday, December 1, 2021

Day 4: Contact your representatives in Congress and urge them to support bills working against human trafficking using the link below! In FY21, we provided services to over 370 survivors of trafficking and victims of crime. These numbers are staggering and it’s important to get involved to help change them.

International Human Rights Day 14 Days of Advocacy, Day 5

Thursday, December 2, 2021

Day 5: Let’s be real, we all know searching for a job can be tough (especially with new cultural norms and expectations). You can make that experience better for a newly arrived refugee by helping them update their resume! Contact our Employer Relations Coordinators to get started.

Austin: jstreeck@rstx.org

Dallas: pseymour@rstx.org

INTERNATIONAL HUMAN RIGHTS DAY 14 DAYS OF ADVOCACY, DAY 6

Friday, December 3, 2021

Day 6: One way to show your support is by purchasing from refugee-owned businesses. Check our social media on 12/3 for a list of shops and restaurants!

International Human Rights Day 14 Days of Advocacy, Day 7

Saturday, December 4, 2021

Day 7: We encourage you to try a new recipe from our forthcoming cookbook, Plated Stories. Featuring recipes and stories from refugees, trafficking survivors, and asylum seekers, "Plated Stories: Legacies from Home to Table" is a book that builds bridges, place, time and humanity through story. Check our social media on 12/4 for the recipe!

December Saturday Book Club: The Ungrateful Refugee

Saturday, December 4, 2021
3:00 pm4:30 pm

Join us on Saturday, December 4th at 10:00AM CST for our Saturday Book Club featuring The Ungrateful Refugee with author Dina Nayeri.

"Aged eight, Dina Nayeri fled Iran along with her mother and brother, and lived in the crumbling shell of an Italian hotel-turned–refugee camp. Eventually she was granted asylum in America. She settled in Oklahoma, then made her way to Princeton. In this book, Nayeri weaves together her own vivid story with the stories of other refugees and asylum seekers in recent years, bringing us inside their daily lives and taking us through the different stages of their journeys, from escape to asylum to resettlement.

...With surprising and provocative questions, The Ungrateful Refugee recalibrates the conversation around the refugee experience. Here are the real human stories of what it is like to be forced to flee your home, and to journey across borders in the hope of starting afresh."

We'll start our Saturday Book Club with a Q&A with Dina Nayeri, lead by RST's Development Director Ashley Faye, and break into smaller community groups after to dive into a deeper discussion about The Ungrateful Refugee.

International Human Rights Day 14 Days of Advocacy, Day 8

Sunday, December 5, 2021

Day 8: Life is sweeter with connection... Welcome an incoming refugee family with a letter - mail them to your nearest RST office and we’ll deliver them to clients!

International Human Rights Day 14 Days of Advocacy, Day 9

Monday, December 6, 2021

Day 9: On this day, we encourage you to learn about the differences between a refugee, asylum seeker, and asylee. Check our social media for more info and reflect on how these experiences may be similar or different.

International Human Rights Day 14 Days of Advocacy: Day 10

Tuesday, December 7, 2021

Day 10: Again, education and understanding are key to advocacy. On this day we will walk you through five facts about the refugee experience so you can get the conversation started with your friends and family. Check back on 12/7!

International Human Rights Day 14 Days of Advocacy, Day 11

Wednesday, December 8, 2021

Day 11: PHOTO CONTEST! Submit your photos to krudnik@rstx.org by 12/7 (winner will be announced 12/8). Photos can be of volunteers, apartment setups, or of you participating in advocacy activities! Consent must be given from those photographed.

International Human Rights Day 14 Days of Advocacy, Day 12

Thursday, December 9, 2021

Day 12: we encourage you get involved in the effort to resettle Afghan evacuees, whether that’s contacting Congress, donating to our Afghan Placement and Assistance (APA) program, or joining us on 12/10 at noon for a Facebook Live conversation with SIV Ambassador Najeeb Aminyar… or all three!

International Human Rights Day 14 Days of Advocacy, Day 13

Friday, December 10, 2021

Day 13: Join RST 12/10 at noon as we speak with an SIV entrant to the United States about his experience and how YOU can get involved! We’ll be going live on our Facebook page, Refugee Services of Texas, Inc.

International Human Rights Day 14 Days of Advocacy, Day 14

Saturday, December 11, 2021

Day 14: As we bring our International Human Rights Day 14 Days of Advocacy to a close, we thank you for your participation and encourage you to take some time to reflect, rest, and enjoy two fabulous art exhibits.

1) "The Invisible Beauty" art pop up by artist Goran Maric, with Afghan food, music, and wine.
Artstillery
723 Fort Worth Ave, Dallas, TX 75208
12/11 from 7:30 pm - 10 pm

2) 8th annual Islamic Arts Festival
16700 Old Louetta Rd.
Spring, TX 77379
OR IslamicArtsSociety.org
12/11 and 12/12 from 10:30 am - 5 pm

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