U.N. Officer and U.S. State Dept. Official to Speak on Immigration Crisis for Refugees From Middle East

WASHINGTON, D.C., Feb. 13, 2013 — Iraqi citizens who have aided the United States in Iraq are granted special immigrant visas to enter the U.S. for their service to the U.S. government; however, the bureaucratic and technical requirements for processing these visas have deprived some asylum applicants who seek protection. A panel on Feb. 21 will discuss how the U.S. mission in Iraq and Afghanistan has created problems for the Special Immigrant Visa Program and asylum applicants.

The panel discussion, sponsored by the _ Section of Individual Rights and Responsibilities, titled “The Middle East and the Immigration Crisis,” will examine U.S. refugee programs, immigration laws and national security policies. The panel will also explore issues from neighboring regions such as Iran and Syria.

Members of the panel include Kelly Gauger, the deputy director for the Office of Refugee Admissions of the U.S. Department of State’s Bureau of Population, Refugees and Migration, and Larry Yungk, senior resettlement officer for the U.S. and the Caribbean regional office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees.

The Middle East and the Immigration Crisis

Thursday, February 21, 2013
Noon – 1:30 p.m.

The _
740 15th Street, NW
John Marshall Conference Room
Washington, DC 20005

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