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Refugee and Immigrant Day at the Capitol: February 16

Join us in Frankfort at Kentucky’s State Capitol on Thursday, February 16, 2017, to stand alongside refugees and immigrants. Even if you can’t make it to Frankfort with us, there are many ways to get involved leading up to the event and afterwards. Read on to learn more.


This event is the fourth annual day at the Capitol to advocate for refugees and immigrants. This year, the event is organized by a coalition of the following agencies: Catholic Charities Migration and Refugee Services, Americana World Community Center, International Center of Kentucky, and Kentucky Refugee Ministries.

Overview of the Day at the Capitol
  • General Gathering: 1:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m.
  • Press Conference: 1:30 p.m.
  • Legislative Sessions: 2:00 p.m.

Legislator meetings will be scheduled for a select number of former refugees and community advocates in the morning from 9:00 am – 1:00 p.m. If you are interested in attending one of these meetings, please RSVP below and indicate this in your RSVP by February 8.

Community members are encouraged to join us from 1:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m. for the press conference, legislative sessions, and other advocacy activities in the afternoon.

please RSVP

Submit this online form if you plan to attend on February 16. You’ll receive e-mail updates on event location, transportation, volunteer needs, and more.

Other Ways to Get Involved

sign the statewide petition

Keep Kentucky Welcoming. Add your voice by signing this petition organized by the nonprofit agencies listed above.

attend an advocacy training

Will you be joining us for Refugee and Immigrant Day at the Capitol? Or are you simply wanting to become more involved? You are welcome to join us for one of two advocacy training sessions this week. Please RSVP to Allyson Ferry by email at if you plan to attend!

  • Tuesday, January 31 from 5:00 p.m. – 6:30 p.m. at KRM Lexington
  • Thursday, February 2 from 5:00 p.m. – 6:30 p.m. at KRM Louisville

louisville volunteer event: posters, folders & letters

Help us prepare! Volunteer with us on Wednesday, February 8, from 6:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m. in KRM Louisville office’s Dining Room. Make welcoming posters for the press conference, assemble folder packets, and write advocacy letters. Please RSVP to Allyson Ferry by email or phone, (502) 873-2560 ext. 255.

You can also create a poster at home and drop it off at KRM’s Louisville or Lexington offices before the event. Please bring it to the offices during regular business hours, Monday-Friday between 9:00 am – 5:00 pm.

stay informed

Even if you can’t join us in Frankfort on February 16, join the Facebook event to receive alerts on ways to advocate.


Check back for more details on organized days for Kentuckians to call representatives to voice your support of the refugee resettlement program.

advocacy resources

Interfaith Immigration Coalition: Includes information on Senate hearings for cabinet nominees and how you can ask the Senate committees to pose questions on the importance refugee resettlement. Even if the hearings have happened, you can still impact the final votes by contacting your Senator on the committees.

Refugee Council USA: Includes how to find your Senators and Representatives and sample scripts of what you can say when you call their offices.

louisville letter writing event

Join the Louisville community at a letter-writing event organized by Catholic Charities Migration and Refugee Services. Together, we’ll write letters to representatives to show that Louisville is a welcoming community. Refugee speakers will share their stories. Light refreshments will be served.

WHEN: Monday, January 23, 2017, 5:00 p.m. – 7:00 p.m.

WHERE: St. Francis of Assisi Parish Hall – 1960 Bardstown Road