UNHCR Refugee Congress Washington D.C.

In August 2011 UNHCR hosted the first Refugee Congress in Washington D.C. The Congress included one resettled refugee from every state and several high-profile refugees. I strategically implemented a local and national media relations campaign and secured media for South Sudanese supermodel Alek Wek.  We were able to secure over 35 articles and broadcast pieces.  Following a one-day workshop, the Refugee Congress delegates spent a day on the Hill advocating with their members and staffers on refugee issues.  The Refugee Congress was an opportunity for the local office to support refugee delegates in becoming involved in the political process that affects them.

Additionally, I wrote and produced a short documentary featuring one resettled refugee from the last six decades.  This video has since been used multiple times including for fundraising purposes.


About Charity Tooze

Charity Tooze is a producer, journalist, project manager and entrepreneur. She holds a joint master's degree in international affairs and journalism and a bachelor's degree in women's studies and multi-media. She has consulted for the United Nations, Human Rights Watch, AOL and various non-profits. Her work has been published on CNN, PBS, Huffington Post and the UNHCR. View all posts by Charity Tooze

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