The Montgomery County Council marked World Refugee Day with a proclamation recognizing the “rights, needs and dreams of refugees” and the contributions of a coalition of organizations helping refugees in Montgomery County find hope and opportunities. Identity is proud to be part of this effort, and Executive Director Diego Uriburu accepted the honor on behalf of all the refugee families Identity works with.

“In the past two years, we have helped nearly 2,000 refugees and their families. From finding emergency housing, clothing and food to working with them to connect to school, jobs and community, our Identity team is grateful for the opportunity to assist newcomers and appreciates being recognized as part of this coalition of support organizations,” said Fresia Guzman, Program Director.

The proclamation notes that by the end of 2022, more than 100 million people were forcibly displaced around the world and, “For millions of refugees forcibly displaced each year, fleeing is the first step in a long and difficult journey to finding safety. . .we recognize the people of all ages who have had to leave their native home, community, and their possessions, fleeing to Montgomery County in search of a safe haven, also deserve protection and have the right to be safe.”

During the presentation, Diego praised the County’s leaders, saying, “working with refugees is not easy, but the Montgomery County Council and the County Executive do make it a lot easier. . .your belief that refugees can become tremendous assets to the county makes all the difference.”

Councilmember Kate Stewart presented the proclamation with Councilmember Will Jawando on June 20th. Other support organizations being recognized included the African Immigrant Caucus and CASA.

Watch the full ceremony below.