The Refugee Crisis: Past and Present

Please join us as Academy Award winning filmmaker Chris Tashima presents Visas and Virtue, the film inspired by the true story of Holocaust rescuer Chiune Sugihara, known as “The Japanese Schindler,” and winner of the 1998 Oscar for Best Live Action Short Film. Mr. Tashima will share personal remarks on his film and take questions from the audience.

Following the screening will be a panel discussion featuring two of the leading experts on the current global refugee situation, as well as first-person testimony from a young woman displaced from her country, the Democratic Republic of the Congo, who found refuge in the US.

  • Becca Heller, Co-Founder and Director of IRAP, the International Refugee Assistance Program, and Visiting Clinical Lecturer at Yale Law School.
  • Jennifer Prestholdt, Deputy Director and Director of the International Justice Program at The Advocates for Human Rights.
  • Esperance Gikundiro, a courageous woman from the Democratic Republic of the Congo forced to flee her country at a very young age, who found refuge in the US through the help of UNHCR and Heshima Kenya, an NGO that empowers refugee women and girls.

Event Registration Fee:

  • $25:  General Admission – Open to the public
  • Free Admission – All current students
  • $10:  YANA Supporting Members who have renewed their membership in 2016

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Also, please consider making a donation to the three nonprofit organizations represented on the panel. Each is directly involved in assisting displaced global citizens seeking refuge:

Heshima Kenya
International Refugee Assistance Program
The Advocates for Human Rights

This event is co-sponsored by:

  • Association of Asian American Yale Alumni
  • Yale Alumni Association of New York
  • Yale Black Alumni Association
  • Yale Alumni Nonprofit Alliance
  • YaleWomen

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