[Congressional Record: July 15, 2002 (Extensions)]
From the Congressional Record Online via GPO Access [wais.access.gpo.gov]
RECOGNIZING RICHARD P. SESSLER
HON. SHERWOOD L. BOEHLERT
of new york
in the house of representatives
Monday, July 15, 2002
Mr. BOEHLERT. Mr. Speaker, I rise today to recognize Richard ``Dick''
Sessler for his 12 years of dedicated service to the Mohawk Valley
Resource Center for Refugees. On June 28th, 2002, Mr. Sessler retired
from his post as Executive Director for the Refugee Center. During his
tenure, he was instrumental in the successful resettlement of close to
10,000 refugees from Bosnia, Russia, Vietnam, Burma, and Sudan to the
Utica, NY area. Mr. Sessler is a visionary and a truly remarkable
leader. Under his leadership the Mohawk Valley Resource Center for
Refugees expanded significantly, initiated innovative services and
formed many meaningful partnerships with a large number of community
Mr. Sessler's work with the center dates back to 1990 when he was
first hired as Associate Director and later promoted to Executive
Director in 1993. During that time the Center has grown tremendously.
The Refugee Center now offers three well staffed and well developed
programs that have been made more effective: a health program, an
education program, and an excellent job placement program. In addition,
Mr. Sessler was involved in the establishment of an on-site clinic,
night-time English classes (ESL), a dental program, a community
relations program and citizenship classes.
Upon his retirement, Mr. Sessler plans to continue to offer his
services to the refugee community. His plans include consulting and
serving as an active member of the Lutheran Immigration Service (LIRS).
I am confident that he will continue to offer his knowledge and
experience and serve as a tremendous asset to the LIRS.
Mr. Sessler's commitment to the Refugee Center should serve as an
inspiration to all. Mr. Sessler was and will remain to be well
respected and well liked by all that have the pleasure to work with
him. He has touched and reshaped the lives of many war-torn men, women
and children across the globe by helping them escape brutal religious
and political persecution--I commend him for his efforts. I am
confident that the Mohawk Valley Resource Center for Refugees will
continue to maintain its excellent reputation, level of
professionalism, and success that Mr. Sessler worked so diligently to
instill within it.
Share this page
Bookmark this page
The leading immigration law publisher - over 50000 pages of free information!
© Copyright 1995- American Immigration LLC, ILW.COM