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DC Internationals Co-Sponsors "Refugees Celebrate with Alternative Inaugural Ball" Jan. 17 2017

Washington, D.C. (January 17, 2017)

Please help support the Refugee Ball by donating at https://goo.gl/zFYYzW

While the third week of January offers no shortage of festivities this year, a group of nonprofit service providers, immigration attorneys, and immigrant rights advocates have come together to organize the first ever “Refugee Ball” as an alternative inauguration week event. This event is slated to bring together individuals from more than 30 countries as attendees celebrate America’s legacy of diversity and inclusion.

An international city by design, the Washington D.C. metro area now ranks as the 7th largest concentration of immigrants in the U.S. with a total of 1.2 million foreign-born residents (U.S. Census, 2010) Drawn to the region’s diversity, the DC Metro area is also home to tens of thousands of refugees and individuals seeking asylum (U.S.
Citizenship and Immigration Services, 2016).  While refugees, asylum seekers, and their families may be facing uncertain times ahead, the event’s organizers remain committed to welcoming, supporting, and upholding the rights and protections afforded by domestic and international law to individuals fleeing persecution.

The Refugee Inaugural Ball will take place on Tuesday, January 17, 2017 at the Sixth and I Historic Synagogue located at 600 I St NW, Washington, D.C. 20001.  Refugee and asylee vendors will provide food, music, and art.  “Know Your Rights” workshops and free legal consultations will be presented by immigration attorneys beginning at 5:00 PM. Other activities will begin at 6:00 PM. This is a free event open to the public; however, tickets are sold out.

For more information, contact Jason Dzubow at JDzubow@DzubowLaw.com

The purpose of the ball is to demonstrate solidarity with our refugee and immigrant neighbors and to show them that they are not alone. Also, we want to help educate the wider community on the positive aspects and contributions that refugees and immigrants make to our society. We will have food, music, art, and free legal services.

Tuesday, January 10, 2017