World Refugee Day is celebrated globally on June 20th. CSS was proud to celebrate World Refugee Week from June 19 through June 26, and we thank everyone who joined us in celebration.

Whether you participated in our virtual community conversations, donated items and handmade cards to welcome new families, contacted your elected officials to express support for refugee resettlement in Alaska, or simply shared our social media posts, we appreciate your support in welcoming refugees here in Alaska, and we invite you to join us again in 2021!

Until then, consider using the resources below to continue learning about the refugee resettlement process, the positive impact of refugee families in the U.S., and how we can all continue the legacy of welcoming refugees in Alaska and beyond.

Recorded Webinars from World Refugee Day 2020

We encourage you to explore and enjoy the recordings of our virtual celebrations during World Refugee Day 2020.

40 Years of Refugee Resettlement in the US

With RAIS Director Issa Spatrisano and CEO of CSS Lisa Aquino

Catholic Social Teachings and Refugee Resettlement

With Archbishop Andrew E. Bellisario

Welcoming Anchorage

With Mara Kimmel, First Lady of Anchorage & Welcoming Anchorage Lead, Rachel Peric, Executive Director, Welcoming America, Hayat Khalaf, Education & Employment Specialist, CSS RAIS, Bruce Bustamante, President, Anchorage Chamber of Commerce, Shannon Kuhn, Special Assistant to the Mayor