Buffalo, NY – U.S. Senator Kirsten Gillibrand today was joined by U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations Samantha Power to host a roundtable to meet with refugees and representatives from resettlement agencies in Western New York to the contributions of refugees and challenges they face.
“I was honored to stand with Ambassador Samantha Power and meet with these extraordinarily brave refugee families and the selfless community leaders who are helping them adjust to their new lives here in Buffalo,” said U.S. Senator Kirsten Gillibrand. “These men, women, and children risked everything they had to come here, so that they could finally be free from war, famine, and persecution in their native countries, and join us here as New Yorkers. I am proud to represent New York’s refugee community in the Senate, and I will continue to do everything I can to make sure they are protected and safe in our state.”
Senator Gillibrand has been a strong supporter of refugee programs and has advocated for full federal funding of agencies dedicated to helping refugees. She has also urged President Obama to raise the number of refugees accepted by the United States and has repeatedly called on the Obama Administration to provide as much aid as possible to Syrian refugees.