2008 began with the first ever Georgia Refugee Public Policy Forum and ended with "In Our Hands: Building Solidarity and Community" RWN's Ninth Annual Refugee and Immigrant Women's Leadership Conference. In between, was another year of incredible accomplishments made by refugee and immigrant women, which has been documented on this blog.
Our gratitude and well wishes go out to:
8 Consulting, 9 to 5, A to Z Information Systems, American Civil Liberties Union, Bridging Refugee Youth and Children's Services, Catholic Social Services, Center for Pan Asian Community Services, Clarkston Community Center, Decatur First Bank, DeKalb County Board of Health, Deported Diaspora, Disability Resource Group, Emory University, Ethiopian Community Development Council, Feminist Women's Health Center, Ford Foundation, Freedom Inc., General Building Maintenance, Georgia Asylum and Immigration Network, Georgia Coalition for Refugee Mental Health, Georgia Perimeter College, Georgia Student Finance Commission, Habitat for Humanity, Hmong American Women's Association, Illinois Coalition for Immigrant and Refugee Rights, Institute for Social and Economic Development, International Community School, International Rescue Committee, International Womens' House, Jewish Family and Career Services, League of Women Voters, Lutheran Ministries of Georgia, Martial Eagle Enterprises, Spring Institute for Intercultural Learning, Office for Civil Rights, Office of Refugee Resettlement, Project SHINE, Raksha, Refugee Housing Council, Refugee and Immigrant Women's Association of Sioux Falls, Refugee Resettlement and Immigration Services of Atlanta, Safe Kids USA, Somali Family Care Network, Southeast Asia Resource Action Center, Sustainable Wellness, Tapestri, Tides Foundation, United Nations Development Fund for Women, United Nations High Commissioner on Refugees, World Relief, Women Watch Afrika, Women’s Initiative for Self-Empowerment, WRFG radio. All apologies to anyone we may have inadvertently overlooked.
Thanks also goes to all the board members, staff, volunteers, and constitituents of RWN.
And thanks and well wishes especially to all the refugee and immigrant women who draw upon their strength, skills, and courage to build a new life for themselves, their families, and their communities.
Thank you and may 2009 be full of peace and joy.