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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

Thursday, November 17, 2011 - 2:00pm
B-318 Rayburn House Office Building


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

Hosted by:

James P. McGovern, Co-Chair 


Opening Remarks


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


  • Marc Hanson, Government Relations Senior Advocate, Refugees International


112th Congress