AsylumConnect on Capitol Hill

AsylumConnect on Capitol Hill

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On Thursday, March 8th, 2018, Katie Sgarro, AsylumConnect Co-Founder & President, traveled to Washington, D.C. to represent AsylumConnect on Capitol Hill. In honor of International Women's Day, Katie was invited to be a moderator for a unique panel discussion on female survivors of sexual violence seeking asylum in the U.S. The event, presented by the Refugee Alliance Network and supported by All Souls Church, took place at the Rayburn House Office Building, U.S. House of Representatives on Capitol Hill. 

 Katie Sgarro, AsylumConnect Co-Founder & President (far left), moderating the panel. Photo Credit: Refugee Alliance Network. 

Katie Sgarro, AsylumConnect Co-Founder & President (far left), moderating the panel. Photo Credit: Refugee Alliance Network. 

Every year, thousands of female survivors of sexual violence seek asylum in the U.S. This panel explained how and when sexual abuse constitutes grounds for asylum in the U.S. Panelists included an asylum attorney, an Advocacy and Outreach Program Manager who works to influence policies to combat torture and human rights abuses, and the Director of Media and Communications for a foundation providing funding for services aiding women in the Congo.

As the Trump administration looks to drastically downsize the U.S. refugee program, this conversation is more important than ever. What does the future hold for America? Under the Trump administration, can the U.S. remain a much-needed beacon of hope for female survivors of sexual violence worldwide? The panel showcased why a woman - regardless of where she is coming from, the color of her skin or her sexual orientation  - deserves equal protection under the law in her pursuit to seek safety in a new country.

AsylumConnect thanks the Refugee Alliance Network for its support and invitation to contribute to such a needed conversation. 

 Event presenters and attendees. Photo Credit: Refugee Alliance Network.

Event presenters and attendees. Photo Credit: Refugee Alliance Network.

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