Miami-Dade Legislative Item
File Number: 130827
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File Number: 130827 File Type: Resolution Status: Adopted
Version: 0 Reference: R-478-13 Control: Board of County Commissioners
File Name: DECLARING WORLD REFUGEE DAY Introduced: 4/26/2013
Requester: NONE Cost: Final Action: 6/18/2013
Agenda Date: 6/18/2013 Agenda Item Number: 11A2
Notes: Title: RESOLUTION DECLARING THE 20TH DAY OF JUNE BEGINNING ON JUNE 20, 2013 AND EACH JUNE 20TH THEREAFTER AS WORLD REFUGEE DAY
Indexes: DECLARING
Sponsors: Rebeca Sosa, Prime Sponsor
  Esteban L. Bovo, Jr., Co-Sponsor
  Audrey M. Edmonson, Co-Sponsor
  Sally A. Heyman, Co-Sponsor
  Barbara J. Jordan, Co-Sponsor
Sunset Provision: No Effective Date: Expiration Date:
Registered Lobbyist: None Listed


Legislative History

Acting Body Date Agenda Item Action Sent To Due Date Returned Pass/Fail

Board of County Commissioners 6/18/2013 11A2 Adopted P

Board of County Commissioners 6/4/2013 11A13 Deferred 6/18/2013 P

Office of the Chairperson 5/29/2013 Deferrals
REPORT: The Prime Sponsor requests deferral of this item to the June 18, 2013 BCC meeting.

Economic Development & Port Miami Committee 5/16/2013 2A Forwarded to BCC with a favorable recommendation P
REPORT: Assistant County Attorney Maldonado read the foregoing proposed resolution into the record. Hearing no comments or questions the Committee proceeded to vote.

County Attorney 4/26/2013 Referred Economic Development & Port Miami Committee 5/16/2013

County Attorney 4/26/2013 Assigned Lauren E. Morse

Legislative Text


TITLE
RESOLUTION DECLARING THE 20TH DAY OF JUNE BEGINNING ON JUNE 20, 2013 AND EACH JUNE 20TH THEREAFTER AS WORLD REFUGEE DAY

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WHEREAS, nearly 15.2 million refugees worldwide are currently displaced from their homes; and
WHEREAS, 46 percent of refugees in the world are children under the age of 18; and
WHEREAS, 137,550 eligible refugees, entrant, asylees, parolees and certified victims of human trafficking have arrived in Florida, with the largest number of refugees resettling in Miami-Dade County; and
WHEREAS, for years, many countries in Africa have observed Refugee Day on June 20th; and
WHEREAS, as an expression of solidarity with Africa, which traditionally has shown refugees great generosity, a special UN General Assembly Resolution was unanimously adopted in 2000 which designated June 20th every year as “World Refugee Day”; and
WHEREAS, World Refugee Day honors the resilience and contributions of those forced to flee from their homelands due to persecution, their hard-earned wisdom, diverse experiences, and unceasing courage; and
WHEREAS, refugees enrich our nation and strengthen America as a beacon of hope, and World Refugee Day celebrates them and acknowledges the compassion of those who welcome them into their homes and communities; and
WHEREAS, many uprooted people have found safe haven in America, bringing with them determination and optimism to contribute to our cultural, economic, and intellectual fabric; and
WHEREAS, the United States has welcomed more refugee men, women, and children than any other country, and provides a home to some of the world’s most vulnerable individuals, enriching our own country and advancing our leadership in the world; and
WHEREAS, the State of Florida has successfully resettled tens of thousands of refugees over the years, many of whom have become influential members of our communities and the State and its municipalities remain firmly committed to a proud tradition of assisting and welcoming refugees; and
WHEREAS, Miami-Dade County is home to thousands of refugees from countries near and far who now call the County home; and
WHEREAS, this Board desires to declare the 20th day of June as World Refugee Day, so as to encourage Miami-Dade County residents to learn more about the opportunities available to serve refugees and to celebrate their contribution to our community through appropriate programs, ceremonies, and activities,
NOW, THEREFORE, BE IT RESOLVED BY THE BOARD OF COUNTY COMMISSIONERS OF MIAMI-DADE COUNTY, FLORIDA, that this Board:
Section 1. Declares the 20th day of June, beginning June 20, 2013 and each year thereafter as World Refugee Day.
Section 2. Encourages Miami-Dade County residents to observe this day and learn more about the opportunities available to serve refugees and to celebrate the contributions refugees make to our community.
Section 3. Further encourages Miami-Dade County residents to participate in events such as the Florida Department of Children and Families, Refugee Services Office Outreach and Family Day event at the Stephen P. Clark Government Center lobby on Friday, June 14, 2013 from 10:00 a.m. to 2:30 p.m.



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