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Hon. Alcee L. Hastings, Chairman
Hon. Benjamin L. Cardin, Co-Chairman
For Immediate Release
April 28, 2008


Co-Hosts Event with Refugees International to Raise Awareness Over Humanitarian Calamity Unfolding in the Region

(Washington, D.C.) Congressman Alcee L. Hastings (D-FL), Chairman of the Commission on Security and Cooperation in Europe (U.S. Helsinki Commission) will hold a photo exhibit highlighting the Iraqi refugee crisis on Wednesday, April 30 from 5:00-6:30 p.m. in room 2220 of the Rayburn House Office Building. Chairman Hastings is co-hosting the event with Representatives Maxine Waters (D-CA), Lynn Woolsey (D-CA), and Barbara Lee (D-CA) as well as Ken Bacon, President of Refugees International.

Ms. Gabriela Bulisova, a documentary film photographer and professor at the Corcoran College of Art and Design recently returned from Iraq and Syria, where she captured images of Iraqi refugees. Her photo exhibit places a human face on this humanitarian crisis in an effort to bring greater attention to the plight of Iraqi refugees on Capitol Hill.

Additionally, Ms. Aseel Albanna, an Iraqi-American who was born and raised in Baghdad will participate in the event. She is the Co-Founder and Coordinator of Iraqi Voices for Peace, a non-profit organization dedicated to helping meet the basic human needs of Iraqi refugees and displaced persons in an effort to help them safely and securely return to Iraq at the earliest possible date.


WHO: Reps. Hastings, Waters, Woolsey, Lee, Gabriela Bulisovak, Ken Bacon, President of Refugees International and Aseel Albanna

WHAT: Photo Exhibit Highlighting Iraqi Refugee Crisis

WHEN: Wednesday, April 30 from 5:00-6:30 p.m.
(NOTE: Speaking program will be from 5:30-6:00 p.m.)

WHERE: 2220 Rayburn House Office Building

The Commission on Security and Cooperation in Europe, also known as the Helsinki Commission, is a U.S. Government agency that monitors progress in the implementation of the provisions of the 1975 Helsinki Accords. The Commission consists of nine members from the United States Senate, nine from the House of Representatives, and one member each from the Departments of State, Defense and Commerce.

Media Contact: Lale Mamaux
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