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Media Note
Office of the Spokesman
Washington, DC
October 11, 2007


Assistant Secretary Ellen R. Sauerbrey to Travel to Boise, Idaho

Assistant Secretary of State for Population, Refugees and Migration Ellen R. Sauerbrey will visit Boise, Idaho on October 16 – 17, 2007 to participate in a series of public events organized by the Idaho Refugee Services Network.

Assistant Secretary Sauerbrey will meet with newly resettled refugees and with officials of the city’s resettlement offices: the Agency for New Americans, an affiliate of Episcopal Migration Ministries, World Relief, the International Rescue Committee, the Idaho Office for Refugees and the English Language Center. In the last 12 months, Boise has welcomed approximately 800 refugees from some 20 different countries, including Iraq.

Assistant Secretary Sauerbrey will speak to students and faculty at Boise State University on Tuesday, October 16 at 5:00 p.m. The topic will be U.S. refugee policy. The point of contact for this event only is Dr. Sabine C. Klahr, Director International Programs at Boise State University at 208-426-3652.

On October 17, Assistant Secretary Sauerbrey will hold a press conference at 10:00 a.m. in the refugees’ community garden, at 1410 E. Etheridge Lane in Boise. Media interested in covering this event should contact Christina Bruce-Bennion of the Agency for New Americans at 208-338-0033 ext. 25.

For more information about the U.S. Refugee Admissions Program, contact State Department’s Bureau of Population, Refugees and Migration’s (PRM’s) Public Affairs Advisor Todd Pierce at 202-663-1979 or PierceTJN@state.gov; or visit PRM’s website: http://www.state.gov/g/prm/ .

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Released on October 12, 2007

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