Nao Kabashima - Karen Organization of San Diego
Ruth Tadesse - UC San Diego, Center for Community Health-Refugee Health Unit
Etleva Bejko - Survivors of Torture, International
This session will share the vital work being done in San Diego to support refugees and immigrants and their unique needs. We will explore the impactful work of the San Diego Refugee Communities Coalition (SDRCC), a collective of ethnic-based community organizations that provides essential services to refugee families and addresses the structural inequities they face. Learn about their unique operational model, community-led initiatives, advocacy efforts, and youth engagement programs. Discover how cooperation over competition has amplified their impact and improved the lives of over 14,000 community members. Survivors of Torture, International (SURVIVORS) provides holistic, individualized care through mental health services, medical support, and social services. SURVIVORS connects individuals and families with community partners in various sectors, allowing them to rebuild their lives and thrive in San Diego. Join us in supporting and empowering these resilient communities and learn how you can help create a welcoming San Diego.
1. Learn the unique needs of refugee, immigrant and survivors of torture communities.
2. Learn how you can help these communities thrive
3. Understand the importance of listening first, then adjusting to the needs shared by the communities one works with.
4. Discover how established local partnerships navigate shared responsibilities.
111 W Harbor Dr
San Diego, CA 92101