Donato Tramuto and RFK Human Rights Italia Host Forum on Italian Refugee Crisis in Effort to Identify Solutions

MILAN, ITALY (October 24, 2019) — As a refugee crisis in Western Europe continues to grow, Donato Tramuto, CEO of Tivity Health and Chairman of Robert F. Kennedy Human Rights Italia, will sponsor a forum on Friday, Oct. 25th that brings together leading academics, researchers, government leaders and non-profit organizations to develop solutions to better integrate refugees and asylum seekers in Italy and ensure they receive the dignity and compassion they deserve.


The day-long forum, entitled Reception of Asylum Seekers and Refugees: An Open Challenge, is co-hosted by Catholic University and is sponsored by Tramuto’s two US-based non-profits, Health eVillages and the Tramuto Foundation.


Italy has been particularly impacted by the refugee crisis as tens of thousands of people flee places like Syria and Turkey in search of safety and economic security.


Tramuto, whose maternal and paternal grandparents were Italian immigrants to America, became an Italian citizen in 2017, honoring his ancestors with his philanthropic work in America, Italy and beyond.


“The values that I inherited from my large Italian family were based on our Catholic faith – to treat others as you would want to be treated, to feed the hungry and shelter the homeless, and to do whatever you can to make this world a better place,” Tramuto said. “On a daily basis, I strive to uphold those same values.


“By bringing together this esteemed group of academics, researchers, government leaders and non-profit organizations to identify solutions to the current crisis, we can begin to change the narrative around migration, and enact lasting changes that uphold the right of every person to live in a world free from violence and oppression.”


Throughout the day, panelists will discuss ways to improve the reception of foreigners seeking refuge from violence and oppression in their home countries. They will also discuss the role of philanthropy in protecting victims and the role of businesses in integrating refugees into the community.


The forum will include an introduction to the Italian legislative framework concerning immigration, and panelists will share best practices for integrating migrants into the current fabric of Italian culture.


“The migrant crisis has presented unprecedented challenges to many parts of Europe. Nothing short of creative, collective, immediate action is demanded of us in order to meet the urgent needs of every woman fleeing domestic violence, every child fleeing forced labor, every family fleeing war,” said Kerry Kennedy, President of Robert F. Kennedy Human Rights. “We are proud of RFK Italia’s public and private partnerships, which are dedicated to supporting solutions for migrants, refugees, and asylum seekers. We must come together to welcome those seeking refuge in this great land.”


About Tramuto Foundation

Since 2001, the Tramuto Foundation has helped tens of thousands of people realize the mission of creating a brighter future through student scholarships, as well as financial grants to organizations worldwide whose vision is to help right the wrong and make this world a better place for all. The Foundation has served as a voice in creating partnerships that have a sustainable and measureable impact in making the world more just and fair.


About Health eVillages

Health eVillages collaborates to advance healthcare access and improve the quality of care by providing state-of-the-art mobile health technology including medical reference and clinical decision support tools, as well as other community-focused resources, to medical and public health professionals in the most challenging clinical environments around the world. Our partners include Tivity Health®, Sharecare, the Tramuto Foundation, Skyscape, Global Impact, the Maternity Foundation, Medical Aid Films and more. You can find more information at and follow us on Twitter, Instagram and Facebook.


About Robert F. Kennedy Human Rights

Led by human rights activist and lawyer Kerry Kennedy, Robert F. Kennedy Human Rights has advocated for a more just and peaceful works since 1968. We work alongside local activists to ensure lasting positive change in governments and corporations. Our team includes attorneys, advocates, and leaders in business and government united by a commitment to social justice.

Whether in the United State or abroad, our programs have pursued justice through strategic litigation on key human rights issues, educated millions of children in human rights advocacy and fostered a social good approach to business and investment.

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