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Refugee Services in Iowa: On the February 25 edition of The Iowa Journal

February 22, 2010

(Johnston, Iowa) –Thursday’s episode of The Iowa Journal will look at the end of critical programs that brought some 30,000 refugees to Iowa over the past 35 years. This program airs Thursday, February 25 at 8 p.m. It will be rebroadcast Friday, February 26 at 6:30 p.m. on statewide Iowa Public Television and Saturday, February 27 at 8:30 a.m. on IPTV WORLD. It will also be available online at iptv.org/iowajournal.

The state's long-standing commitment to providing sanctuary for refugees gave the Iowa Bureau of Refugee Services a unique status of being the only federally funded, state-run refugee resettlement program in the country. The Bureau, and Lutheran Services in Iowa, two agencies responsible for settling the majority of international refugees in the state, will end their resettlement programs. The remaining refugee resettlement program, operated by Catholic Charities, is also re-assessing its program.

The next episode of The Iowa Journal will examine changes to refugee services. Guests on the program include: John Wilken, bureau chief, Iowa Bureau of Refugee Services; Jill Stuecker, director for the refugee resettlement program, Lutheran Services in Iowa; and Sol Varisco-Santini, program director of outreach services, Catholic Charities, part of the Diocese of Des Moines.

The program will also include interviews with members of The Peace Band, a group comprised of Iraqi refugees. The band members hope their music can help bridge cultural gaps.

For more information about The Iowa Journal, visit www.iptv.org/iowajournal or call (515) 242-3146. For information on how to watch IPTV WORLD in your area, visit Iptv.org.

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Iowa Public Television is Iowa's statewide public broadcasting network. IPTV provides quality, noncommercial programming to make a difference in the lives of Iowans. As one of the last locally controlled media enterprises in the state, IPTV is committed to telling Iowa's stories like no one else can. Our mission to educate, inform, enrich, and inspire Iowans enables IPTV to present an unequaled array of programs of lasting value to Iowans regardless of where they live or what they can afford. More than 1.4 million viewers a week turn to IPTV for programming that reflects a range of interests for Iowans in all demographic categories. Iowa Public Television stations include: Channel 11, Des Moines; Channel 12, Iowa City; Channel 21, Fort Dodge; Channel 24, Mason City; Channel 27, Sioux City; Channel 32, Waterloo; Channel 32, Council Bluffs; Channel 36, Davenport; Channel 36, Red Oak.

For immediate release:
February 22, 2010

For information contact:
Tonya Weber Dusold
Communications Manager
(515) 725-9705

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