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“All human beings are born free and equal

in dignity and rights.”

- Universal Declaration of Human Rights

Environmental Refugees and Displaced Persons-Protecting the Vulnerable

Date: 
Thursday, November 17, 2011 - 2:00pm
Location: 
B-318 Rayburn HOB

Announcement

Please join us for an important briefing on refugees and displaced persons who are forced to flee because of natural disasters and changes in the environment. The briefing will focus on the challenges governments and private organizations face when assisting populations who have been driven from their homes due to floods, famines, and other similar situations. Discussion will not focus on the underlying causes of these disasters, but will instead discuss the need to provide these populations with protection and care, regardless of cause.

For more contact information, please contact Molly Hofsommer (TLHRC) at (202) 225-3599 or tlhrc@mail.house.gov

Hosted by:

James P. McGovern, Member of Congress, Co-Chair, TLHRC

Participants

Panelists

  • Vincent Cochetel, Regional Representative, United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees
  • Richard E. Scott, Chief of Mission, International Organization for Migration
  • Alice Thomas, Climate Displacement Program Manager, Refugees International
  • Susan Martin, Executive Director, Institute for the Study of International Migration, Edmund A. Walsh School of Foreign Service, Georgetown University

Moderator

  • Marc Hanson, Government Relations Senior Advocate, Refugees International

Opening Remarks

  • Rep. James P. McGovern, Co-Chair, Tom Lantos Human Rights Commission 

Vincent Cochetel: Environmental Refugees and Displaced Persons-Protecting the Vulnerable [PDF] 
Richard E. Scott: Environmental Refugees and Displaced Persons-Protecting the Vulnerable [PDF] 
Alice Thomas: Environmental Refugees and Displaced Persons-Protecting the Vulnerable [PDF] 
Susan Martin: Environmental Refugees and Displaced Persons-Protecting the Vulnerable [PDF] 
Rep. James McGovern, Co-Chair (opening remarks): Environmental Refugees and Displaced Persons-Protecting the Vulnerable [PDF] 

112th Congress