|(From left) Karis Chung, Anna Crosslin, and Sarah Masoud participated in the World Refugee Day Opening Ceremony at the International Institute. Photo by Wayne Crosslin/nternational Institute
On June 20, the International Institute hosted the Opening Ceremony for this year's World Refugee Day recognition. Almost 100 guests were in attendance.
Anna Crosslin, IISTL President, offered opening remarks, which recognized the plight of 65.5 million displaced people around the world including more than 21 million refugees.
Ethel Byndom represented St. Louis County Executive Steve Stenger and Martin Casas represented Mayor Lydia Krewson. Each presented a proclamation recognizing the courage and resilience of refugees around the world and locally. June 20 was declared World Refugee Day in both St. Louis County and City.