Remarks by Deputy National Security Advisor Avril Haines Commemorating World Refugee Day
As Prepared for Delivery
Fried Frank LLP, Washington, D.C.
Tuesday, June 14, 2016
Good afternoon. Thank you so much, Eleanor, for that kind introduction. I’ve been fortunate to know and work with Human Rights First for a long time. You push us and make us better in all sorts of ways—but what I particularly respect about Human Rights First is that you work to make a difference; to have a tangible impact on people’s lives, which is a worthy challenge. And the issue I am here to discuss is a very good case in point.
Next Monday marks World Refugee Day, and as President Obama said last year, it is a moment “to reflect on the millions around the world who have been displaced from their homes—the hardships they face, the courage and resilience they demonstrate, and the dedication of those who come to their aid.” It’s hard to fathom the pain and loss so many refugees carry with them. It’s hard to imagine what it must feel like to leave your home suddenly—fleeing violence.