DCF Celebrates World Refugee Day

For Immediate Release:
June 19, 2015

DCF Celebrates World Refugee Day

TALLAHASSEE – The Florida Department of Children and Families (DCF) will join communities, refugees and their families and supporters throughout Florida in celebration of World Refugee Day, held every year on June 20.

“They are fellow human beings in search of a better life, and they are heroes,” Secretary Carroll said. “Their contributions and success enrich and inspire all our lives with their optimism and resolve, for that is what built this country and what keeps it strong.”

Sponsored by the Office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees, World Refugee Day honors the courage, strength and determination of men, women and children forced to flee their homelands under threat of persecution, conflict or violence and the network of providers, resettlement agencies and community partners that serve refugees. This year’s theme is “With Courage Let Us All Combine.”

World Refugee Day events this year include naturalization ceremonies in Miami, Jacksonville, Broward County, Palm Beach County and Naples. Refugees in Florida come from 97 different countries, and DCF’s Office of Refugee Services assists about 28,000 refugees every year in obtaining employment, learning English, acquiring job skills and overcoming legal or medical difficulties.

Contact: Michelle Glady, DCF Press Secretary, (850) 717-4450