Saturday, February 24th, 2018

The Role of Policy and Advocacy in Refugee, Immigration, and Torture Treatment Services

In recent years, the need for education and advocacy with policymakers has become increasingly important. Individuals involved with refugee, immigration, and torture treatment services can add a critical perspective to public policy debates and decisions. As part of these efforts, advocates can share personal and professional experiences, policy recommendations, and research findings and data, with their national, state, and local policymakers, the media, their colleagues in related fields, and their local community representatives who can be effective partners in this work.

This presentation will highlight the ways in which participants can utilize their experience to inform and influence the public policy process. Specifically, this session will include presentations about the value of public advocacy with illustrations from past and recent history related to torture treatment and offer guidelines and tools that participants can use to help raise awareness about the need for services for refugees and immigrants, including those with experiences of torture. Participants will also be encouraged to share their own experiences with policymakers and community building and raise questions for group discussion.

Learning Objectives:

  1. Identify federal initiatives with important policy implications for refugee, immigrant, and torture survivor programs
  2. Cite key examples illustrating the value of policy and advocacy work for refugee, immigrant, and torture survivor programs
  3. Describe guidelines and tools that can be used to educate and inform the policy-making process
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