Samaritas to Honor World Refugee Awareness Day with Expert Panel About Needs and Services

DETROIT, June 15, 2023 /PRNewswire/ — Samaritas is hosting a dynamic panel discussion to explore the best ways to keep refugees safe upon arrival to the United States. In observance of World Refugee Day, this event will feature some of the country’s top experts at 11 a.m. on Tues., June 20. Pre-registration at for this free event is required.

“The recent activity at the Southern Border has re-energized the immigration policy debate and our country’s responsibility to help these desperate people, many of whom are women and children, running from really dangerous situations,” said Mihaela Mitrofan, Director of New American Programs for Samaritas. “We have the expertise and infrastructure in place to care for these people, but it’s getting tough to service this growing population without additional financial support from our communities.”

Helping refugees thrive in communities throughout Michigan can have a positive economic and cultural impact on local communities. According to the office of Global Michigan, 84,000+ Michiganders are employed by Latino and Asian-owned businesses; $11.6 billion in sales and receipts are generated by Latino and Asian-owned businesses, and $544 million in state tax revenue is generated by Arab Americans each year. 

New worldwide conflicts and climate events are spurring influxes of new refugees fleeing to the United States for safety. Samaritas has been at the forefront of this work for nearly 100 years and is now determining the best course of action for Michigan’s newest refugees from Ukraine and Central America. A donation can help Samaritas care for all the refugees seeking safety. Just visit to help.

Emmy-winning journalist Cynthia Canty will lead the 2023 Refugee Roundtable discussion to address myths, issues around exploitation, and why refugees and other immigrants are good for Michigan. Demetrius Starling of MDHHS and Ben Cabanaw of Global Michigan & the Michigan Department of Labor, will offer updates about oversight programs to help young minors and other refugees. Visit to register.

Samaritas will also celebrate the creativity of the young refugees in its care with an online art show titled “Colorful Journeys /Viajes de Colores.” The 2023 collection will be unveiled online at during World Refugee Awareness Week.

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