About World Refugee Day
Please support us as we honor and celebrate the strength and perseverance of refugees in Houston on World Refugee Day!
Since 1978, refugees have been rebuilding their lives in Houston and contributing to our city in many ways; economically, culturally, and socially. Houston prides itself in that we welcome thousands of refugees, some of the world's most vulnerable people, to our city each year.
The Houston Refugee Consortium has honored refugees at the annual World Refugee Day event since 2003. The event is hosted in partnership with the City of Houston, UNHCR, and many community partners. The Houston Refugee Consortium is a partnership of six organizations serving refugees in Houston; the Alliance for Multicultural Community Services, Bilingual Education Institute, Catholic Charities of Galveston-Houston, Interfaith Ministries, Refugee Services of Texas and YMCA International Services.
World Refugee Day was established in 2001 by the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) to honor the courage, strength and determination of women, men and children forced to flee their homes under the threat of persecution, conflict and violence.