The Center Attends Albany Rally for State Legislation on Refugee Resettlement

The Center attends Albany Rally for State Legislation on Refugee Resettlement

On March 27th The Center attended the Albany Rally for State Legislation on Refugee Resettlement. Our team was represented by Kathy DeLacy (Associate Director of Resettlement), Mahdi Jawad (Afghan PC Case Worker), Bazhena Baggetta (PC UHP Gap Services) and Maribel Morales (Program Coordinator Community Navigator Program). The rally was held in support of a bill before the New York State Senate Committee - Investigations And Government Operations - S.6070A.69. The legislation codifies New York State’s commitment to USRAP, introduced by NYS Senator Andrew Gounardes and Assembly Member Nader Sayegh.  


In meetings with legislators, The Center team shared personal stories about their own resettlement journeys' and provided informational background about the importance of supporting refugee resettlement in New York. We encouraged the legislators to support S.6070A.69 and advocate for a floor vote on the bill. 


Special thanks to:

State Senator Gounardes

Assembly Member Nader Sayegh

Senator James Skoufis and Legislative Aide Isabella

Assemblymember Maryanne Buttenschon and Legislative Aide Willmary Febo

Dalia: Legislative Aide to Assemblymember Monica Wallace

Assemblymember MaryJane Shimsky and Legislative Aide David Gilbert

Tina-Marie Lopez, Executive Director for New York and New Jersey International Rescue Committee – RAI Resettlement, Asylum, and Integration

Genevieve Kessler, Director, State Advocacy International Rescue Committee