Afghan Refugee Panel

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Link to the livestream: 11:55am

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Moderator: Patrick Raglow


Kim Bandy, co-founder of The Spero Project

Kim Bandy is the Co-Founder and Director of The Spero Project, a local nonprofit that welcomes resettled refugees by connecting new neighbors to people, resources, and learning opportunities that make OKC a place of belonging. As a friend, an advocate, and a student of the resettled refugee community, Kim is committed to seeing our city set the standard for welcoming those who have experienced displacement.




Veronica Laizure – Chief counsel – Council on American Islamic Relations – Oklahoma

Veronica Laizure received her Bachelor of Arts in Comparative Literature after graduating magna cum laude from Hendrix College in Conway, AR. After earning a juris doctorate from the University of Oklahoma College of Law and being admitted to practice in Oklahoma, Veronica joined CAIR Oklahoma as Staff Attorney in 2014 and then expanded her role to Civil Rights Director. Since building the Civil Rights Department, Veronica has served hundreds of clients who experienced religious discrimination and harassment and educated thousands of Oklahoma Muslims on how to secure their own civil rights, establishing CAIR Oklahoma as a leader in the social justice movement in Oklahoma. She is proud to serve the Muslim community of Oklahoma and to build bridges of tolerance, justice, and mutual understanding in the state that she calls home


Chair of the Day/Moderator:
Patrick Raglow

Executive director of Catholic Charities of Oklahoma City, a $4.7M non-profit charitable organization managing 14 direct-service client assistance programs serving Oklahoma City and western Oklahoma. Catholic Charities of Oklahoma City served 16,000 Oklahomans in 2014, 90% of whom were not Catholic (we serve not because our clients are Catholic, but because we are), and 76% of whom earned less than $15,000 per year. Three-time The Oklahoman Reader’s Choice award winner, 2014 OK Center for Nonprofits award winner, 4-Star Charity Navigator rating, and COA accredited. Willing to assist transitioning military seeking opportunities in the non-profit sector.

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