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Published March 28, 2011, 02:17 PM

Building Bridges Conference focuses on the refugee experience

Fargo, ND (WDAY TV) - More than 200-people from our region heard first hand what life is like for refugees. Lutheran Social Services of North Dakota once again sponsored the Building Bridges Conference.

By: WDAY Staff Reports, WDAY

This year's theme is the refugee experience. Community leaders, law enforcement, health care professionals and others came to the symposium.

Refugees shared their stories with the audience, talking about their lives after leaving their homeland, and what it takes to be accepted here in the Midwest.

SINISA MILOVANOVIC - Lutheran Social Services-ND: “We must not forget that refugees are not just any immigrants. They have been persecuted in their countries and this is a humanitarian program and which allows to start a new life without persecution and to enjoy freedom that we have.”

Tomorrow, the conference continues at the Holiday Inn with an expert from the U-S Citizenship and Immigration Service out of Kansas City.