Schakowsky will Host Founder of the Syrian Community Network for President Trump's Address

February 27, 2017
Press Release

Congresswoman Jan Schakowsky will host Suzanne Sahloul, founder and Executive Director of the Syrian Community Network, as her guest for President Trump’s address to a Joint Session of Congress on Tuesday, February 28th. Through her organization, Suzanne has supported countless Syrian refugees resettling in the United States.

“Suzanne knows first-hand that America’s refugee resettlement program is crucial and life-changing. Her work is an extraordinary reminder that the spirit of our nation is one of lending a hand to those who need it most” said Rep. Schakowsky. “Suzanne is accomplished and brilliant, and has dedicated her talents to making sure that men, women and children fleeing war and chaos find open arms welcoming them when they reach our country.

“Now, she is coming to this speech on behalf of refugees who are threatened by President Trump’s proposed policies and nativist views. Refugees represent some of the most vulnerable populations in the world, and the process that they go through before resettling in the United States is exhaustive and complex. It makes me proud to know that organizations like the Syrian Community Network and people like Suzanne are working hard to ensure the transition into life in the United States is a smooth one. I will continue to do everything I can to make sure that refugees have a home here and that Suzanne can continue doing her important work. ”

Suzanne Sahloul bio:

Suzanne Akhras Sahloul is the founder and Executive Director of the Syrian Community Network, a community-based refugee support network focused on supporting Syrian refugees in their resettlement into the US. She holds a Master's Degree in Organizational Leadership from Lewis University. Suzanne is currently pursuing a Certificate in Nonprofit Leadership at the Kellogg School of Management. Additionally, Suzanne has also served as PTA President and as a board member at her children's school, the Universal School. Suzanne lives in Chicago with her husband and together they have three children.