The Tom Lantos Human Rights Commission would like to bring your attention to an opportunity to meet with Ms. Layal Sarrouh, Global Children and Conflict Advisor with World Vision, at a Congressional staff roundtable hosted by World Vision this Wednesday, June 29th, from 10:00 – 11:00 AM in Longworth 1629.
The Syria Refugee Crisis and Its Devastating Impact of
Violence on the Lives of Children
An in-depth discussion of ongoing efforts to prevent a lost generation
Wednesday, June 29, 2016
10:00-11:00am, Longworth 1629
UNICEF estimates that more than 80 percent of Syrian children have been harmed by the ongoing crisis. Since 2014, more than 2.5 million children are displaced within Turkey, Lebanon, Jordan, Iraq, and Egypt and many countries in central and southeast Europe have witnessed an increase in the number of migrants and asylum seekers. Children impacted by the crisis in Syria are facing many risks, including child labor, trafficking, forced marriage, sexual abuse and other forms of violence. Additionally, their access to education is also often negatively impacted by displacement. Both of these have serious, far-reaching consequences for societies and economies across the region. This roundtable will be an in-depth discussion highlighting the devastating impact that the Syria crisis is having on the protection and education outcomes of children and the ways in which the U.S. government can support children and their caregivers.
Presenter: Layal Sarrouh, Global Children and Conflict Advisor, World Vision
Layal Sarrouh is the Global Children and Conflict Technical Advisor for World Vision based in Amman, Jordan. In her role she covers children affected by armed conflict in humanitarian responses such as the Syria Crisis, Uganda Refugee Response, and Central African Republic. Previously, Layal worked for UNICEF in Lebanon as the Child Protection in Emergencies Working Group Coordinator. She holds a Masters in Public Health from the Program on Forced Migration and Health at Columbia University, and an honors degree in Psychology from Queen’s University, Canada.