A young couple detained in Libya
A young couple detained in Libya in September 2018 were held separately and only allowed to meet through a window.

Libya 2018 © Sara Creta/MSF
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Turned Away: No Refuge for People Forced From Home

June 19 2019, 12:30pm ET

Turned Away: No Refuge for People Forced From Home

Wednesday, June 19, 2019 - 12:30 PM

Located in the Knight Studio at the Newseum

Please use the Group Entrance, located at the rear of the building on C Street.

Join Doctors Without Borders/Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF) for an urgent panel discussion on the mounting obstacles confronting people forced from home. In the United States, across Europe, and around the world, refugee protections are increasingly ignored. This is the alarming new normal: millions of vulnerable people are stranded with no place to turn. Safe and legal routes are closed off. Refugees, asylum seekers, and migrants are turned away by governments, and even sent back into danger. People seeking safety are being treated like criminals—and so are individuals and organizations providing lifesaving humanitarian aid. 

From Mexico to the Mediterranean and beyond, MSF teams witness the impact of harsh deterrence policies on people’s medical and mental health. 

The discussion will be moderated by Sarah Stillman, staff writer for The New Yorker and director of the Global Migration Project at Columbia Journalism School, and will feature Omar Jadwat, director of the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) Immigrants’ Rights Project; Dr. Craig Spencer, member of MSF-USA’s board of directors and director of global health in emergency medicine at Columbia University Medical Center; and María Hernández Matas, project coordinator for MSF's migrants project in Mexico; and Bianca Benvenuti, MSF-Italy advocacy officer and migration policy specialist, and a research fellow for the Istanbul Policy Centre. This timely conversation, on the eve of World Refugee Day, will examine what it means to deny security to those who most need it, and how we can develop a more humanitarian response to this humanitarian crisis.

Can't make this in person? Register to view the webcast.

Please note: you do not need a Newseum admission ticket to attend this event. Attending this free event does not include admission to the Newseum exhibits.

Seating i​s available on a first-come, first-served basis, so please check in at least five minutes before the start of the event. Doors will open at 11:30 AM. Light refreshments will be served.

Turned Away: No Refuge for People Forced From Home

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Washington, DC 20001
United States