Conversations With America: Refugee Assistance -- The Human Face of Foreign Policy

Posted by Rainy Young
June 11, 2013
Conversations With America: Refugee Assistance, the Human Face of Foreign Policy

Anne C. Richard, Assistant Secretary of State for the Bureau of Population, Refugees, and Migration, will be interviewed by Cheryl Benton, Deputy Assistant Secretary of State for Public Affairs, June 18 to discuss "Refugee Assistance, the Human Face of Foreign Policy" in recognition of  World Refugee Day, which is on June 20. The conversation will highlight refugee assistance, U.S. refugee assistance policies, and the concept of humanitarian diplomacy. The discussion will be made available for on-demand viewing on YouTube and www.state.gov.

You are invited to participate by submitting questions, some of which will be selected for response during the taping. Submit your questions below on DipNote and join the ongoing discussion via Twitter using the hashtag #RefugeeDay2013. Please submit questions via DipNote and Twitter as soon as possible for consideration.

The mission of the Bureau of Population, Refugees, and Migration (PRM) is to provide protection, ease suffering, and resolve the plight of persecuted and uprooted people around the world on behalf of the American people by providing life-sustaining assistance, working through multilateral systems to build global partnerships, promoting best practices in humanitarian response, and ensuring that humanitarian principles are thoroughly integrated into U.S. foreign and national security policy.

View other Conversations With America here and by accessing the Conversations with America video podcasts on iTunes.

About the Author: Rainy Young serves as Director of Public Liaison at the U.S. Department of State.

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Mohammad M.
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Iran
June 14, 2013
hi i think creating biger access about some kind of tools which are suitable for these people around the world could be more effective i think it is better to change ; choice some subject about their problems directly . you know some time choice same kind of solutions for same problems would give you warranty that it would continue in different size . make some machine and let they work with their nature for you for refugees and for world . no one in the world is not enough to end it . no groups or organizations could not be enough for end it . a machine with all for all . in one thing there is no problem the thing that the the mankind accept at all of history . GOD bless america .İN HOLY NAME OF JESUS
Robert L.
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Canada
June 13, 2013
First I would like to say well done on using this tool for these purposes, a very effective method, no?,so, My quaere? is, Is the USA adapting its follow up methods for tracking and assisting refugee,s and gathering data from that, to enhance means and methods for future refugee,s and their families?,..In the past, most have been given a short period of "orientation" and then cut loose, some don't even get that[Canada too btw],, and It seems to me that a lot of the problems down the road, grow from lack of knowledge and support, after the refugee[an in particular their children] are in a safe position. They are so! often exploited by criminals after the fact, mainly due to this weakness,, not being critical here,, I wonder about new methods etc,..
Lisa B.
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United States
June 13, 2013
Are there any special considerations you take in terms of policy and programs when it comes to women and children who are particularly vulnerable during conflict and crisis? Lisa in Virginia
Helen B.
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United States
June 13, 2013
Please have someone edit these posts. They are not well - worded and do not easily explain what the purpose of these sessions are.
Jason C.
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United States
June 13, 2013
Hi. Jason in Palmdale CA. Obviously refugee resettlement takes a lot of coordination. How do you work with NGOs and State governments here in the U.S. to manage resettlement programs?
Steve S.
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United States
June 14, 2013
We should help refugees but why does America turn its back on its own people I consider us a poor country the government needs to hit the cancel button on welfare I watch people on welfare getting into their hummers,Lexus and so on everyday when I have to spend $70 a week for a family of 5 it's not fair and I'm always hungry and work over 42 hr a week
Diane A.
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United States
June 14, 2013
Palestinians are the largest refugee population in the world, 5 million, made refugees by Israeli ethnic cleansing in 1948. Israel agreed to Palestinian refugees' right of return when joining the UN. Shouldn't Israel have to implement it? What will the US do to ensure Palestinian right of return?
Nora C.
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United States
June 14, 2013
The situation in Syria has resulted in many refugees fleeing to neighboring countries. How does the State Department help support those countries with that burden? Nora Crawford Richmond, VA
Maura Y.
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United States
June 14, 2013
I am concerned about decades of misguided US foreign policy being the cause for millions of refugees (support of Arab dictators, occupation of Palestine by Israel, US invasion in Iraq, etc) How does Obama intend to deal with our responsibility as a military and corporate empire, guilty of causing millions of refugees to be displaced from their homes?
Kenny W.
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United States
June 14, 2013
For over 65 years, Palestinians have been living abroad and within the West Bank as refugees without citizenship or nationality. The UNRWA estimates over 5 million Palestinian refugees worldwide. Due to our commitment to the "Peace Process" and the Israeli State, does the US also feel an obligation to implement the right of return for Palestinians recognized through the United Nations General Assembly Resolution 194?
Virginia F.
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United States
June 17, 2013

Dear Ms.. Richard,

As you discuss and make policy around "Refugee Assistance, the Human Face of Foreign Policy" in recognition of World Refugee Day, we have this question for you:

Palestinians are largest refugee population in the world: What will U.S. do to ensure their right of return?

Regards,

Drs. George & Virginia Feldman

Mary H.
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United States
June 17, 2013
What is the US going to do in order to ensure that Israel give back confiscated land in the Occupied Territories and allow Palestinian refugees to return to their homes?
Richard L.
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Australia
June 15, 2013
The biggest refugee population today is that of the Palestinians. Their land is occupied by Israel which is doing its best to remove them from their homes eg the illegal Israeli settlements. The tactics of the IDF are reminiscent of Nazi Germany in Poland against Jews. The US has major influence on Israel. Please do your utmost to stop the atrocities commited by Israel in occupied Palestine and work towards the displaced Palestinians returning home. This may need UN, NATO & US forces in occupied Palestine.
June F.
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United States
June 16, 2013
Palestinian refugees are not being helped to return to their homes. I've seen estimates as high as 11 million worldwide, and about 5 million in the area surrounding Israel. Israel won't allow them the same right of return that Israel gives freely to Jews. Will the State Dept. support the Palestinian Right of Return? Many Jews support this in the organization "Jews for Palestinian Right of Return". Why doesn't the State Dept. follow suit?
Florence S.
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United States
June 16, 2013
My comment is the same as Diane's. What will the U.S. do to ensure that Palestinians who were made refugees by Israel in 1948 can exercise their Right of Return -- UN Resoluion 194? Since the U.S. is the biggest supporter of Israel, why doesn't the U.S insist that Israel be held accountable for implementing UN Res. 194?
Alison G.
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United States
June 18, 2013
Israel agreed to Palestinian refugees' right of return when joining UN. Shouldn't Israel have to implement it?

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