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Storytelling that Informs Policy: Migration -Addressing Forced Displacement and Refugee


We at are working on key issues spotlighting climate-led youth programs and the tragedies surrounding youth migration is a huge part of the conversation. We are so grateful that Artworks Project brought this program from Hague today and I was able to hear from

stakeholders in major migration areas of the world.

I hope to get a link to the entire story,

but here were the key speakers today from The Hague.


Displacement is the product of numerous systems. While often documented at critical junctures; such as familial separation, ports of entry, or moments of distress, the reality for many displaced people is a web of convoluted and prolonged governmental, geopolitical, and legal structures. As issues of displacement are increasingly viewed through the lens of cycle-based media, these experiences often go unseen and neglected, forcing migrants and asylum seekers to develop their own methods of support, visibility, and influence over policy. ART WORKS Projects, in partnership with the U.S.-based think tank, the Wilson Center’s Refugee and Forced Displacement Initiative (RAFDI), presents Storytelling that Informs Policy: Addressing Refugees and Forced Displacement. Event Location The Hague Humanity Hub Fluwelen Burgwal 58, 2511 CJ Den Haag, Netherlands Date and Time Wednesday, June 7 This symposium will feature a panel discussion, flash talks with an AWP photographer and guest speakers from partner organizations, as well as an installation of photography and case studies. All which explore how visual media and tools can open up dialogue and inform new perspectives on understanding the root causes of forced displacement and where in the ecosystem each of our organizations can play a role in identifying new and creative solutions to addressing a quickly growing global displacement challenge. At the event, guests will have an opportunity to view an installation of AWP's work amplifying stories of forced displacement and the very people whose lives are impacted by the often challenging road to secure a place to call home. The installation will be on view at The Hague Humanity Hub through June 23. In Person Event RegistrationLive Webcast RegistrationSpeaker Bios Bassam Khabieh, formerly an information technology specialist, is an internationally recognized Syrian photographer who for eight years documented war crimes and other ongoing human rights violations in the Syrian war while working for Reuters. His images have been published in the Guardian, the Atlantic, the New York Times, the Washington Post, and Time magazine. Bassam has also consulted for UNICEF and the World Health Organization. He was awarded the Robert Capa Gold Medal in 2015 and in 2018 was named a fellow at the Oak Institute for Human Rights at Colby College, where he taught photography and human rights. In December 2018, Bassam returned to Turkey after finishing his fellowship, to cover Syrian news and work with a Syrian NGO in archiving and preserving a Syrian archive for future use in legal cases. In March 2022, he moved to the United Kingdom. Liselot van Zantvoort is a Programme Coordinator at Justice & Peace Netherlands, a human rights organization in the Hague. After doing research about counterproductive migration and asylum policies in the Netherlands, Liselot started to advocate for more humane and safe policies for refugees. Liselot has successfully mobilised Dutch citizens, civil society organizations and local politicians to show solidarity with refugees. At Justice & Peace, Liselot now coordinates a national network called Samen Hier, in which Dutch citizens collaborate with their local government to create a safe pathway assisting refugees to reach and settle into the Netherlands. Per Heggenes is the CEO of IKEA Foundation, the philanthropic arm of Stichting INGKA Foundation, the owner of the Swedish home furnishings company IKEA. As CEO, Heggenes sets and drives the Foundation’s funding and innovation strategies and is a tireless advocate for children living in some of the world’s poorest communities. In 2019, Heggenes was appointed by the UN Secretary General to join the High Level Panel on Internal Displacement with the goal of developing durable solutions to protracted internal displacement. Previously, Heggenes held global and regional leadership roles for the shipping and logistics company Wallenius Wilhelmsen Logistics and global public relations firm Burson-Marsteller. John Thon Majok (Moderator) is the Director of Refugee and Forced Displacement Initiative (RAFDI) at the Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars. He provides strategic oversight and vision for RAFDI, which aims to expand the space for new perspectives, constructive dialogue and sustainable solutions to inform policies that will improve the future for refugees. Before the Wilson Center, Majok was a contractor at the Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs of the U.S. Department of State; Program Officer at the Council of American Overseas Research Centers; and Program Coordinator at the Academy for Educational Development. A former refugee from South Sudan, Majok lived for 13 years in refugee camps in Ethiopia and Kenya before he was resettled in the U.S. where he is now an American citizen. His perspectives on forced displacement are informed by lived experience and scholarship.

About our co-hosts of this event:

The Refugee and Forced Displacement Initiative (RAFDI) of the Wilson Center provides evidence-based analyses that translate research findings into practice and policy impact. RAFDI aims to expand the space for new perspectives, constructive dialogue and sustainable solutions to inform policies that will improve the future for the displaced people. The Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars is a congressionally chartered, nonpartisan, US-based think tank that tackles global issues through independent research and open dialogue to inform policy.

Special thanks to our partners on this event, which is taking place as part of Hague Justice Week:

ART WORKS Projects 625 N Kingsbury St, Chicago, IL 60654 Fluwelen Burgwal 58, 2511 CJ Den Haag, Netherlands (312) 649-0025 •

Jeannette Barcelos Kravitz, sponsorKIDS Charities and Challenges


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