South Korean Delegation Visits Murthy Law Firm26 Dec 2013
Earlier this month, the Murthy Law Firm hosted a delegation of refugee resettlement experts from the Republic of Korea, who were visiting the United States under the auspices of the State Department’s International Visitor Leadership Program, through the DOS Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs. The local sponsor for this important visit was Baltimore’s World Trade Center Institute (WTCI). The group was accompanied by Janine Branch, WTCI’s Manager of Professional Exchanges and Program Development.
The delegation included five officials from government ministries and NGOs that help North Korean refugees to adjust to their new lives in South Korea. They were here to learn more about the U.S. immigration system, and to gain a better understanding of U.S. practices with respect to refugee resettlement and assimilation. Speaking through interpreters, the group conducted a lively Q&A session with a firm administrator and three MLF lawyers, including one who had practiced refugee and asylum law earlier in his career. It was a wonderful opportunity for cross-cultural conversation about the humanitarian aspects of immigration law and policy, one that found a sympathetic ear at the Murthy Law Firm.
The International Visitor Leadership Program is the State Department’s foremost professional exchange program, one that brings current and emerging leaders from around the world to experience the United States firsthand. As a firm that is committed to philanthropy – using our time, talents, and treasure for the public good, here and around the world – we were delighted to share our knowledge and hospitality, and make our own contribution to this worthwhile effort in citizen diplomacy. Further information on the International Visitor Leadership Program is available online.
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