Understanding the Refugee and Asylum Process

February 9, 5:30 pm, in Rines Auditorium at Portland Public Library

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A free program offered in partnership with the Maine Historical Society and the Portland Public Library

In this contentious election year, the refugee and asylum seeker process has been a hot topic in the news—and prey to plenty of misperceptions. Join us at Seeking Refuge: Understanding the Refugee and Asylum Process, a free panel discussion that breaks down the process here in Maine: the screening that determines who can come to the U.S., the policies and laws supporting the process, and the everyday logistics when the refugee or asylum seeker arrives in Portland to begin a new life. 

Seeking Refuge: Understanding the Refugee and Asylum Process is offered in partnership with the Maine Historical Society and the Portland Public Library.

Panelists

Sally Blauvelt, Portland Field Office Director, U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services

Barbara Taylor, Esq., Senior Staff Attorney, Immigrant Legal Advocacy Project

Tarlan Ahmadov, Program Director, Catholic Charities Maine, Refugee & Immigration Services & Language Partners