DCF Joins Miami-Dade County for World Refugee Day Celebration

For Immediate Release:
June 11, 2015

Contact:
Ana Valdes
DCF Southern Region Communications Director
(786) 257-5056
Ana.Valdes2@myflfamilies.com

DCF Joins Miami-Dade County for World Refugee Day Celebration

MIAMI – The Florida Department of Children and Families (DCF) will participate in Miami-Dade County’s World Refugee Day Celebration on Friday, June 12, from 10 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. at the Stephen P. Clark Government Center, 111 N.W. 1st St. DCF Secretary Mike Carroll will give the welcoming remarks.

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.

World Refugee Day celebrates 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. The Miami-Dade County event is a collaboration among the Refugee Task Force, the Office of Miami-Dade County Commission Chairman Jean Monestime, the Office of Community Advocacy and the Board of County Commissioners. This year’s World Refugee Day theme is “With courage let us all combine.”

Prior to the World Refugee Day Celebration, 50 new citizens from 17 countries will be administered the Oath of Allegiance at a U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services Naturalization Ceremony, scheduled from 9:30 a.m.-10:15 a.m. in Commission Chambers. Secretary Carroll will be the keynote speaker.

The World Refugee Day Celebration is free and open to the public.

WHO: Florida Department of Children and Miami-Dade County

WHAT: World Refugee Day Celebration

WHEN: Friday, June 12, 10 a.m.-12:30 p.m. Media are invited to attend.

WHERE: Stephen P. Clark Government Center, 111 N.W. 1st St., Miami

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