The refugee's journey will face many dangerous obstacles each and everyday. But once they reach their receiving country will they finally have a sense of peace? Integration is one of the hardest, most emotionally challenging components of a refugee's journey, including integration and mental health.

The Social and Humanitarian Committee will meet to discuss and decide how to better integrate refugees into their respective communities. From privacy and safety to the health and standard of living for refugees, we will be determining how to approach these sensitive situations. We will also tackle the issues of a refugees journey, and what hardships they will face on the path to exodus. the ultimate goal is to grant the refugees consistency, stability, and peace in their third countries, but also working through issues they face in the second and origin countries.

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Alex Smith-scales


Alex Smith-Scales is a third year in the College, majoring in Women, Gender, and Sexuality studies and is from Richmond, VA. She will be chairing the SOCHUM committee at this year's conference. This is her third involvement with a VAMUN conference, second time chairing. During January Term her second year, she took a class on Human Rights and the Refugee Crisis, making this committee very near and dear to her heart. During her free time you can find her reading Marie Claire articles, formatting her resume, or doing graphic design for many different organizations on grounds. I look forward to meeting all of you!