Tuesday, January 16, 2007

Webcast of Senate Hearing on Refugee Crisis

At 2pm Eastern time, the Senate Judiciary Committee will be webcasting their hearing on "The Plight of Iraqi Refugees." The panel was put together by Sen. Kennedy who should be commended for publicizing this oft-neglected issue. For background on the crisis, I suggest you read an interview with Advocate Sean Garcia of Refugees International.

Hopefully this hearing will get the administration to begin addressing the crisis; Bush fails to even acknowledge the crisis in his new Iraq plan nor does it appear in the weekly State Dept. reports on Iraq.

Witnesses are:
Ellen Sauerbrey, Assistant Secretary of State Population, Refugees and Migration;
Sami, Former Translator for the U.S. Military;
John, Former Truck Driver (subcontractor) for the U.S. Military;
Captain Zachary J. Iscol, Foreign Military Training Unit;
Lisa Ramaci-Vincent, Executive Director, Steven Vincent Foundation;
Ken Bacon, President, Refugees International;
Michel Gabaudan, Regional Representative for the U.S. and Caribbean, Office of the UNHCR.

Watch the webcast here: http://judiciary.senate.gov/hearing.cfm?id=2470

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