Hoosier Hospitality, Refugees, and Immigration
The stories of refugees and migration are the stories of people who live in Indianapolis and its vicinity – stories of those who have come here from elsewhere, and stories of those who welcomed them to their new home.
Naw Phaw is from Burma and the Director of Language Services at LUNA Language Services. She is on the Board of Directors at Exodus Refugee Immigration, and also works as a volunteer with the Immigrant Welcome Center.
Rev. Emmanuel Musinga is the pastor of Grace Tabernacle Church in Indianapolis, a congregation serving refugees from Congo like himself.
Mastora Bakhiet is the founder of the Darfur Women’s Network and Director of the Women Development Section in the Community Development Administration for the Jebel Marra Rural Development Project in Darfur.
The Syrian Refugee Support Group of Indianapolis is a group of volunteers dedicated to providing much-needed assistance to Syrian refugees in Indianapolis. The panel will feature a representative from this grass roots local Syrian support network.
Maria Pimentel-Gannon serves on the board of directors of the Immigrant Welcome Center and the Center for Interfaith Cooperation.