Diversity Commission has refugee forum Oct. 12

Oct 09, 2016

A Vietnam refugee who survived the fall of Saigon in 1975 and went on to become a champion for refugees and immigrants in Western Washington will share her story at an Immigrant and Refugee Forum at the Edmonds Library on Wednesday, Oct. 12.

The forum is sponsored by Edmonds Diversity Commission as part of its overall program that includes outreach and engagement of the community on key issues related to diversity, inclusion and/or discrimination experiences.

Van Dinh-Kuno, Executive Director of Refugee and Immigrant Services Northwest, based out of Everett Community College and serving the immigrant community across five counties in Washington, will be the keynote speaker at this event.

Dinh-Kuno fled her native Vietnam, together with her family in April 1975 during the fall of Saigon. After several months in a resettlement camp at Fort Chaffee, Arkansas, she and her family resettled in Minnesota before moving to the Everett area.

Since that time, Dinh-Kuno has become instrumental in aiding the immigrant and refugee community in the Puget Sound area.

“We are delighted that Ms. Dinh-Kuno has agreed to headline our upcoming community forum on the immigrant and refugee experience,” said Edmonds Economic Development and Community Services Director Patrick Doherty.

“The immigrant experience is key to the fabric of who we are as Americans, yet there is still much we can learn from the struggles and successes of more recent immigrants. This forum is intended to provide a background for further discussion and learning in our community.”

Set for the Plaza Room atop the Edmonds Public Library, located at 650 Main St., from 6-7:30 p.m., the Immigrant and Refugee Forum is intended to provide first-hand testimony of the immigrant experience as a springboard for questions, answers and general discussion on the topic.

Members of the community are encouraged to attend this forum to hear first-hand about the immigrant experience as well as share their experiences, concerns, challenges and triumphs.

For more information, contact Patrick Doherty at 425-771-0251 or patrick.doherty@edmondswa.gov.


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