In February 2016, the Maine Humanities Council held Seeking Refuge: Understanding the Refugee and Asylum Process, a free, public, panel discussion that broke down the process here in Maine. Discussion touched on the screening that determines who can come to the U.S., the policies and laws supporting the process, and the everyday logistics of refugees and asylum seekers arriving in Portland as they begin new lives.
Seeking Refuge: Understanding the Refugee and Asylum Process was offered in partnership with the Maine Historical Society and Portland Public Library and included panelists Sally Blauvelt, Portland Field Office Director for U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services; Tarlan Ahmadov, Program Director of Catholic Charities Maine, Refugee & Immigration Services & Language Partners; and Barbara Taylor, Esq., Senior Staff Attorney of the Immigrant Legal Advocacy Project.
Photos by Dan D’Ippolito
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