Washington, DC – (Wednesday, August 15, 2007)  Congresswoman Eddie Bernice Johnson today announced that she will host a Refugee Day Workshop, the first of its kind in North Texas, on Saturday, August 18th . "In the last few years, the Dallas area has taken in an increasing number of refugees from around the world. Families and individuals fleeing persecution in their native lands have relocated to our area seeking a sense of normalcy."

"With the help of outstanding organizations in North Texas, I am organizinga Dallas Refugee Day Workshop. It is my hope that through education and an increased dialogue, we can create better conditions for refugees to lead productive and dignified lives." said Congresswoman Johnson.

Information regarding low-cost legal services, vocational training, languageclasses, job placement and low-cost health services will be available. Translators for Amharic, Arabic, Somali, Swahili, Italian, Kikuyu, and Spanish will also be available. There is no cost to attend. For further information please contact Congresswoman Johnson's Dallas office at 214-922-8885 , and ask for Julie Newman.

WHAT: Dallas Refugee Day Workshop

WHEN: Saturday, August 18, 2007 from 11:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m.

WHERE:  Reverchon Park Recreation Center 3505 Maple Ave. Dallas 75219

WHO: Additional hosts and/or participants of the workshop include:

Department of Health and Human Services

Dallas Independent School District

Center for Survivors of Torture

Mosaic Family Services

Human Rights Initiative

Foundation for Pluralism

Catholic Charities of Dallas

El Centro Community College

Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services

International Rescue Committee

Area Agency on Aging

Legal Aid of Catholic Charities of Dallas

Outreach Health Services of Dallas

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