17th Annual New York Circle: Act for Refugees
Nov
14
12:00 PM12:00

17th Annual New York Circle: Act for Refugees

The 17th Annual New York Circle takes place at a critical time as more than 70.8 million people have been forced to flee their homelands due to conflict, persecution, and extreme climate-related disasters.

Refugees International’s New York Circle brings together over 300 people to honor individuals who have demonstrated extraordinary leadership and commitment protecting the rights and well-being of refugees and others who have been forcibly displaced around the world.

Each year, Refugees International presents the Exceptional Service Award to honor the notable work of journalists, activists, and others whose service has an indelible impact on the lives of the most vulnerable women, men, and children around the world – the very people for whom Refugees International advocates. 

2019 EXCEPTIONAL SERVICE
AWARD HONOREE
Zeid Raad Al Hussein

 
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Featuring a special performance of
Gallim Dance’s “Boat”
inspired by the Syrian Refugee Crisis

 
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Refugees International 40th Anniversary Dinner
Apr
30
6:15 PM18:15

Refugees International 40th Anniversary Dinner

Refugees International’s annual Anniversary Dinner is an awards ceremony and celebration honoring individuals who have demonstrated extraordinary leadership and commitment to humanitarian action. More than 500 people attend this event each year.

MCCALL-PIERPAOLI AWARD

This year’s McCall-Pierpaoli Award, RI’s highest humanitarian award, will be presented to the Honourable Louise Arbour, C.C., G.O.Q., Senior Counsel at Bordon Ladner Gervais LLP and Former Special Representative of the United Nations Secretary-General for International Migration. 

In bestowing RI’s McCall-Pierpoli Humanitarian Award, RI is recognizing Ms. Arbour’s lifetime of work in the pursuit of justice and human rights. Ms. Arbour has achieved the highest levels of leadership whether it be at the UN, as a jurist, or at a leading advocacy organizations. What characterizes her leadership is her willingness in these roles to take on the most difficult challenges, to push the international community to do better, and the vision and drive to bring about systemic, transformational change in the pursuit of justice and human rights.

From March 2017 to December 2018, Louise Arbour served as the United Nations Special Representative for International Migration, where she leads advocacy efforts on international migration, provided policy advice and coordinated the engagement of United Nations entities on migration issues. She previously served as United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights and as Chief Prosecutor of the International Criminal Tribunals for the Former Yugoslavia and Rwanda. She is a former justice of the Supreme Court of Canada and of the Court of Appeals for Ontario. From 2009 to 2014, Ms. Arbour was President and CEO of the International Crisis Group. Madam Arbour formerly sat as an ad hoc judge in the International Court of Justice, and as a member of the Advisory Panel to the Minister of Defence on Canada’s Defence Policy Review.

She has received numerous honorary doctorates and awards. Most noteworthy, she has been a Companion of the Order of Canada since 2007 and a Grand Officer of the Ordre national du Québec since 2009, as well as a Commander of the Légion d’honneur, and has been decorated by Spain, Colombia and Belgium. She was named laureate of the 2016 Tang Prize in the Rule of Law category.

The McCall-Pierpaoli Humanitarian Award will also be awarded to President Jorge Fernando Branco de Sampaio and Dr. Vartan Gregorian for their philanthropic work with the Global Platform for Syrian Students and the Carnegie Corporation of New York. In bestowing this award to President Sampaio and Dr. Gregorian, RI is recognizing their dedication to public service and lifetime of leadership in the international community.

As a lawyer, President Jorge Fernando Branco Sampaio took numerous cases to the courts of the dictatorship, defending political prisoners and exposing the abuses of the police. He defended, on a pro bono basis, several victims of state repression. He also defended human rights as a member of the European Human Rights Commission of the Council of Europe.

During his presidency, Mr. Sampaio did much to communicate a democratic and modern image of Portugal and for its international recognition. During his two presidential terms, he participated in almost all debates related to challenges currently facing the international community, including HIV-AIDS, drugs, human rights, children’s rights, and other issues.

Mr. Sampaio also held the position of UN Secretary-General’s first Special Envoy to Stop Tuberculosis from 2006 to 2012 and the UN High Representative for the Alliance of Civilizations from 2007 to 2013.

Most recently he has been involved in two main fields of action: as a member of the Global Commission on Drugs Policy, he has been advocating for major reforms of drug policy; he has also launched the Global Platform for Syrian Students, a multi-stakeholder initiative aimed at providing emergency scholarships to Syrian students that allow them to resume their university studies.

His new project aims at setting up a Rapid Response Mechanism for Higher Education in Emergencies (RRM) that will allow to create a fast track entry point in the Humanitarian agenda to provide more, better and faster academic assistance to students in crisis situations.

Vartan Gregorian is the twelfth president of Carnegie Corporation of New York, a grant-making institution founded by Andrew Carnegie in 1911. He assumed his current position in 1997. Previously, he served as president of Brown University and as president of The New York Public Library.

He was born in Tabriz, Iran, of Armenian parents, receiving his elementary education in Iran and his secondary education in Lebanon. He was founding dean of the Faculty of Arts and Sciences at the University of Pennsylvania in 1974 and later became its twenty-third provost. He is the recipient of numerous fellowships, honorary degrees and awards including the Ellis Island Medal of Honor, the American Academy of the Institute of Arts and Letters’ Gold Medal for Service to the Arts, the National Humanities Medal, and the Medal of Freedom, the nation’s highest civil award. In 2009, President Barack Obama appointed him to serve on the President’s Commission on White House Fellowships.

RICHARD C. HOLBROOKE AWARD

Taller Salud, an inspirational humanitarian aid group in Puerto Rico, will be honored with the Richard C. Holbrooke Award for providing critical services and unwavering support in the wake of Hurricanes Irma and María. 

CONGRESSIONAL LEADERSHIP AWARD

U.S. Representative Will Hurd of Texas will receive Refugees International’s 2019 Congressional Leadership Award for his commitment to public service, recognition that principles of humanitarianism and humanity must inform policy making toward those who have been forced to flee their homes, and commitment to the resolution of challenging migration issues through civil discourse based on facts and not fear.

EXCEPTIONAL SERVICE AWARD

Mayor Wilmot Collins of Helena, Montana will receive Refugees International’s Exceptional Service Award for his extraordinary advocacy on behalf of refugees not only in Helena, Montana but throughout the United States. He has highlighted the stories of refugees and displaced persons, including his own compelling personal story as a resettled refugee and has effectively championed the importance of the U.S. refugee resettlement program while reminding the public about the enormous positive contributions of refugees to our society.

SPECIAL MUSICAL PERFORMANCE

Mariela Shaker, refugee, advocate, and classical violinist will also perform at the event.

DISTINGUISHED CHAIRS

Darya and Vali Nasr will serve as the evening’s Benefit Chairs, and Sarah Bovim, Vice President of Government Affairs at the Whirlpool Corporation and Jodi Bond, Executive Vice President of Global Government & Industry Affairs at Chubb, will co-chair the Global Partnership Initiative. 

Ambassador to the United States from Costa Rica, Fernando Llorca Castro and Evelyn Cermeño, will serve as the evenings Honorary Chairs.

2019 Corporate Sponsors

Changemaker

Gilead Sciences

Visionary

Chubb • Repsol Oil & Gas USA, LLC

Benefactor

Caterpillar

Leader

Akin Gump Strauss Hauer & Feld LLP • Blackstone Charitable Foundation • Citigroup • Discovery, Inc. • Dow • LigaDATA

Advisor

Ridgewells

For more information about sponsorships and tickets, click here.

To learn more about RI’s 39th Anniversary Dinner, click here.

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39th Anniversary Dinner
Apr
24
6:15 PM18:15

39th Anniversary Dinner

Refugees International’s annual Anniversary Dinner is an awards ceremony and celebration honoring individuals who have demonstrated extraordinary leadership and commitment to humanitarian action. More than 500 people attend this event each year. This year’s McCall-Pierpaoli Award, RI’s highest humanitarian award, will be presented to Chobani founder and CEO, Hamdi Ulukaya, who has done so much to create opportunities for refugees at Chobani and has founded the Tent Alliance to encourage other global corporations to do the same.

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38th Anniversary Dinner
Apr
25
6:15 PM18:15

38th Anniversary Dinner

Refugees International’s annual Anniversary Dinner is an awards ceremony and celebration honoring individuals who have demonstrated extraordinary leadership and commitment to humanitarian action. More than 500 people attend this event each year. This year’s McCall-Pierpaoli Award, RI’s highest humanitarian award, will be presented to the White Helmets, a volunteer rescue group responsible for saving more than 78,000 lives during the Syrian civil war.

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14th Annual New York Circle
Nov
1
6:30 PM18:30

14th Annual New York Circle

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As international crises worsen, the United Nations Refugee Agency reports the number of individuals displaced globally as more than 65 million, surpassing last year's number and unprecedented since the Second World War.

Please join us to meet RI advocates and other courageous individuals working to resolve these crises and reverse the trend of increasing displacement. We hope you will be able to be with us for another evening of animated and thoughtful discussion.

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May
16
to Jun 12

Fundraiser at Ankara Restaurant

10% of Sales from Ankara's First Anniversary to go to Refugees International

We are pleased to announce that Ankara Restaurant, a Turkish restaurant in Washington, D.C., celebrates their one year anniversary this month and its founders – the Aslanturk family – plan to mark this special anniversary by donating 10% of sales for the next month to Refugees International.

The fundraiser will run from May 11 to June 12, and applies to all meals. Stop in for lunch, happy hour, dinner, or brunch, and 10% of your bill will go to support Refugees International’s lifesaving advocacy. Ankara Restaurant is conveniently located at 1320 19th St NW, Washington, DC, right by the southern entrance for the Dupont Circle Metro station.

For more information about Ankara Restaurant, including their menus, or to make a reservation, please visit www.ankaradc.net

We would like to thank everyone at Ankara Restaurant for this generous gesture, and hope that you will support them and Refugees International this month!

 

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36th Annual Anniversary Dinner
Apr
28
to Apr 29

36th Annual Anniversary Dinner

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On April 28, 2015, RI celebrated 36 years or work. The McCall-Pierpaoli Award was presented to journalist Maureen Orth. Senator Chris Coons (D-DE) was presented with the Congressional Leadership Award for his commitment to humanitarian issues in the Senate. The Richard C. Holbrooke Award was awarded to Rohingya human rights advocate and president of the Burmese Rohingya Organisation UK, Tun Khin. 

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35th Annual Anniversary Dinner
Apr
30
to May 2

35th Annual Anniversary Dinner

  • Andrew W. Mellon Auditorium (map)
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On April 30, 2014, RI celebrated 35 years or work. The McCall-Pierpaoli Award was presented to world-renowned chef José Andrés and Oscar-winning actor Forest Whitaker. Congressman Ed Royce (R-CA) received RI's Congressional Leadership Award for his humanitarian work in Congress. The Richard C. Holbrooke Award went to Dr. Seri Bakkar for his outstanding work to provide medical aid to Syrian IDPs and refugees.

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34th Annual Anniversary Dinner
May
2
to May 3

34th Annual Anniversary Dinner

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On May 2, 2013, RI celebrated our 34th year of lifesaving work. The McCall-Pierpaoli Award was presented to Nobel Peace Laureate Mr. José Ramos-Horta. Congresswoman Donna Edwards (D-MD) received RI's Congressional Leadership Award for her work on behalf of Afghan women. Dr. Jacques Sebisaho, founder of Amani Global Works and a medical doctor in the Democratic Republic of the Congo, was awarded the Richard C. Holbrooke Award.

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33rd Annual Anniversary Dinner
May
10
to May 11

33rd Annual Anniversary Dinner

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On May 10, 2012, RI celebrated 33 years of lifesaving advocacy. The 2012 McCall-Pierpaoli Award was presented to Lauren Bush Lauren for her outstanding initiatives to fight hunger and malnutrition worldwide. RI honored Congressman Donald Payne (posthumously) and Congressman Chris Smith for their leadership of the Africa, Global Health and Human Rights Subcommittee. Colette Lespinasse, a formidable advocate for displaced Haitians, was awarded the Richard C. Holbrooke Award.

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32nd Annual Anniversary Dinner
May
5
to May 6

32nd Annual Anniversary Dinner

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On May 5, 2011, RI celebrated our 32nd anniversary. RI paid tribute to the impressive contribution of Governor Bill Richardson, RI’s 2011 McCall-Pierpaoli Humanitarian Award recipient. Senator Patrick Leahy also received our 2011 Congressional Leadership Award and Amina Ali received the RI’s first Richard C. Holbrooke Leadership Award. The evening also included an on-stage performance by Sudanese musician and former child soldier, Emmanuel Jal.

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31st Annual Anniverary Dinner
May
6
to May 7

31st Annual Anniverary Dinner

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On May 6, 2010, RI celebrated our 31st anniversary and our first-ever green gala. RI paid tribute to the impressive contributions of Former Senate Majority Leader and physician Bill Frist, RIs 2010 McCall-Pierpaoli Humanitarian Award recipient. The evening also included a touching tribute to RI's former president Ken Bacon.

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