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Honoring Newly Affirmed U.S. Citizens During World Refugee Awareness Month

Agency clients received certificates from Nevada representatives; Annual observance aims to raise awareness of global prevalence of displaced persons

 LAS VEGAS (June 17, 2021) – Catholic Charities of Southern Nevada (CCSN) and ECDC African Community Center today honored 28 newly affirmed U.S. citizens. At East Las Vegas Library, the agencies’ refugee clients were recognized for their path to citizenship, despite the challenges experienced through the 2020-2021 pandemic year.

Representatives from the offices of Senator Catherine Cortez Masto, Senator Jacky Rosen, Congresswoman Dina Titus, Congresswoman Susie Lee and Congressman Steven Horsford were in attendance to present certificates to the honorees.

“It is our humanitarian duty to aid those who have, as a matter of life and death, tragically fled their home countries in search of a better life for themselves and their families,” said Deacon Tom Roberts, President and CEO, Catholic Charities of Southern Nevada. “We are extremely proud of the work we do that help many people from different parts of the world so they can become self-sufficient, embrace American culture and take steps to lead healthy, happy and prosperous lives in their new home in the United States.”

According to the UN Refugee Agency, there are around 80 million people who have been forcibly displaced worldwide, nearly half of them being children. Among them, more than 26 million are refugees.

CCSN new arrivals assimilate into the Las Vegas community through cultural orientation. Refugees are also assisted with securing housing and basic needs such as food and clothing. Other services include English classes, employment services and training opportunities.

World Refugee Day takes place annually on June 20 and is part of World Refugee Awareness Month in June. The international observance is dedicated to raising awareness of the situation of refugees throughout the world. Those interested in learning more or helping the cause can visit

Surrounding this event, community partners including Anthem, Health Plan of Nevada, East Las Vegas Library, Liberty Dental Plan and Avenue Church gathered their support and resources for refugee clients.


About Catholic Charities of Southern Nevada
Since 1941, the mission of Catholic Charities of Southern Nevada has been to serve those in need — the most vulnerable regardless of race, religion, or creed. This leading community resource offers help and hope with dignity as it strives to meet the diverse needs of men, women and children in Southern Nevada. Through the generosity of foundations, grants, organizations, and individual donors, Catholic Charities operates 16 programs providing support to more than 4,200 people daily and encompassing four core areas: Family Services, Food Services, Immigration and Refugee Services, and Homeless and Housing Services. Catholic Charities also operates the largest Meals on Wheels program and Emergency Shelter Service in Southern Nevada. For additional information, please visit




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