Resettling refugees: The inside story

Wednesday, July 12, 2017 - 3:00pmSnyder Center for the Visual Arts

Talk by Amila Merdzanovic and Ashraf Alamatouri

Amila Merdzanovic came to Vermont in 1995 as a refugee from Bosnia and Herzegovina and is the first former refugee leading the US Committee for Refugees and Immigrants Vermont field office. Part of the Refugees in the USA Today speaker series, Amila and her USCRI colleague Ashraf Alamatouri will discuss the process and challenges of resettling refugees in this country. She brings over 10 years of experience working in refugee resettlement providing direct services, program management, and advocacy on behalf of refugees and asylees in Vermont. Most recently, she graduated from the Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy at Tufts University with a Master of Arts in Law and Diplomacy. Her interests span across disciplines including forced migration, human rights, and conflict resolution. Ashraf Alamatouri is English Language Learner coordinator for USCRI's Vermont Refugee Resettlement Program in Colchester, Vermont. He taught English at Kalamoon University and conducted teacher training courses in multiple regions in Syria. Previous to joining USCRI, he was the director of the language department at the International Center for Human Construction. Ashraf is a Fulbright alumnus and holds two master's degrees in teaching English. He is currently a PhD candidate in educational leadership at UVM. This event is free and open to the public, but please register online if you plan to attend. Suggested donation of $15, or $50 for the whole series of five speakers.

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