Melissa Fleming


Melissa Fleming is Head of Communications and Chief Spokesperson for the United High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) and travels to war zones and refugee camps to give voice to the millions of people forcibly displaced from their homes. She is a frequent contributor for The New York Times, The Washington Post, CNN, and NPR. She is the author of A Hope More Powerful Than the Sea, which tells the story of Doaa Al Zamel, a young Syrian refugee who makes the harrowing journey across the Mediterranean Sea to seek asylum in Europe; Doaa fights to survive for days at sea with just a child’s inflatable water ring around her waist—and two little girls clinging to her neck—after her ship is sunk. Fleming first told Doaa’s story on the TED stage, and her talks are featured on

How inclusive is your campus to refugees?  Whether student, staff, or faculty, welcoming refugees into your campus and/or local community is one way to make a tremendous difference – for the individual and welcoming community.  With the 65 million refugees around the world seeking asylum from violence, persecution and/or death, you and your students can make a difference.  Join us at #ACPA18 to learn what you can do to better support people who identify as refugees.