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On March 25, Institute Co-Director Jaya Ramji-Nogales and Temple Law student Lilah Thompson (2L) hosted “Between Borders: A Refugee Simulation” at the National Constitution Center. More than 50 individuals participated in a workshop that simulates the life of a refugee throughout all stages of the refugee process from life in a refugee camp to resettlement in the United States.

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Each participant received a refugee identity and spent time in a refugee camp in either Jordan or Cote d’Ivoire. Zaye Tete from Liberia shared her real-life experiences living in a refugee camp in Cote d’Ivoire, while Sandi Hamouz from the Nationality Service Center discussed her work in the Zaatari Refugee Camp in Jordan.

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Once participants were “resettled” to the United States, they were then required to attend ESL classes, seek employment, and face similar challenges that thousands of resettled refugees face on a daily basis. To add an educational component to the simulation, Women Against Abuse, a Philadelphia-based service organization for survivors of domestic violence, helped to counsel female refugees about their rights in the United States.  The simulation concluded with a U.S. Citizenship ceremony and a performance by the Liberian Women’s Chorus.

The event was sponsored by Temple Law School’s Law & Public Policy Program.

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