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Secretary Kerry to Host World Refugee Day Event

Notice to the Press
Office of the Spokesperson
Washington, DC
June 17, 2013


On June 20, 2013, Secretary of State John F. Kerry will host a special event in recognition of World Refugee Day, highlighting the challenges refugees face around the world and honoring their bravery and resilience in working to overcome them.

The event will take place at 10:00 a.m. in the Benjamin Franklin Room at the Department of State.

The program will include remarks by Secretary of State Kerry, Assistant Secretary for Population, Refugees, and Migration Anne C. Richard, and UN High Commissioner for Refugees Antonio Guterres via video link from Za’atri Camp, Jordan.

Musicians Cheick Hamala Diabate and Diamond White will also perform. During the event, actress and the “Voice” of the International Refugee Committee, Sarah Wayne Callies will read an excerpt from her blog “My Travel Journal.”

The musical performances and remarks will begin at 9:30 a.m. and will be open to the press. Pre-set for cameras: 8:45 a.m. from the 23rd Street entrance lobby. Final access for writers and still photographers: 9:30 a.m. from the 23rd Street entrance lobby.

Media representatives may attend this event upon presentation of one of the following: (1) A U.S. Government-issued identification card (Department of State, White House, Congress, Department of Defense or Foreign Press Center), (2) a media-issued photo identification card, or (3) a letter from their employer on letterhead verifying their employment as a journalist, accompanied by an official photo identification card (driver's license, passport).

@StatePRM will be live tweeting from the event. #RefugeeDay2013


Deb Sisbarro, Bureau of Population, Refugees, and Migration
U.S. Department of State, (202) 453-9339

Office of Press Relations
U.S. Department of State, (202) 647-2492
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PRN: 2013/0748

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