My name is Kasinee Silapee or you can call me "Kade". I am a native Thai and now I am working for the US Committee for Refugees and Immigrants (USCRI) in Thailand. We are an organization who work to end the refugees warehousing. On June 19th, I and my team had organized the Press Conference at The Foreign Correspondent Club of Thailand (FCCT) in launching World Refugee Survey 2009 and the 1st Thai Refugee Ambassador - In this page you can see some pictures of the event. It's very hard works but the result that we got from this event quite successful, we got the interests from both Thai and foreigh media in doing the news coverage. I was the persons who wrote the press release in both Thai and English as well as communicate with media to invite them to come to the event.
In Thailand right now, there are 120,000 refugees are residing in 9 refugee camps round Thai-Buremese borders in 4 provinces; those are Tak, Mae hongsorn (these 2 provinces located in the northern region of Thailand) and the other 2 provinces are Ratchaburi and Kanchanaburi (these 2 provinces are located at the west of Thailand).
At present USCRI Thailand has been working both in media advocacy and policy level together with the Royal Thai government. By the way, refugee issue is still a sensitive issue in Thailand and it's amazing that there are a lot of Thai people have not known about "Refugees".
So our works need to start by educate people about refugees and their plights in Thailand.
It's a challenging works and need a lot of encouragement as well as understanding people .
Hope I will get supports from other members and feel free to write to me.
Cheers! and Sawasdee kha!