On June 21st, to celebrate World Refugee Day, the International Rescue Committee (IRC) held its Refugee Artvocacy event that showcased various works of art from refugee artists in the Seattle area. To start the event, the U.S. Citizenship & Immigration Services held a naturalization ceremony where six former refugees took an oath and completed their process of becoming American citizens. The ceremony featured one of our IRC clients who was grateful that our citizenship tutoring program was able to help him succeed in the citizenship interview. I hope that we are able to continue these naturalization ceremonies at events in the future, not only for the clients themselves, but also for the crowds who attend these events and may not realize the significance of this moment for many refugees and immigrants in the US.
Pictures from the event can be found on the IRC Seattle’s Facebook page at http://www.facebook.com/media/set/?set=a.10150877409196595.395530.24343101594&type=3.