U.S. Department of State Bureau of Population, Refugees and Migration
The Bureau of Population, Refugees, and Migration provides aid and sustainable solutions for refugees, victims of conflict and stateless people around the world, through repatriation, local integration, and resettlement in the United States.
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U.S. Department of State Bureau of Population, Refugees and Migration
The Office of Refugee Resettlement (ORR) helps new populations maximize their potential in the United States by linking them to critical resources that assist them in becoming integrated members of American society.
The Office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR)
The United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees was established on December 14, 1950, by the United Nations General Assembly. The agency is mandated to lead and co-ordinate international action to safeguard the rights and well-being of refugees.
The European Council on Refugees and Exiles (ECRE) is a pan-European alliance of 90 NGOs protecting and advancing the rights of refugees, asylum seekers and displaced persons.
Refugee Council USA, and its member organizations:
Welcoming and protecting refugees is the mission of Refugee Council USA (RCUSA), a coalition of U.S.-based organizations. RCUSA achieves its goals by: Enhancing the capacity, voice and effectiveness of individual member organizations to work on a mutually agreed upon common agenda of protection and welcome. Advocating in the U.S. and around the world for the protection, welcome, rights and durable solutions for refugees and other populations who are forcibly displaced and at risk. Building excellence in U.S. refugee resettlement and integration efforts through the collaboration of member agencies.
The Asia Pacific Refugee Rights Network (APRRN) is an open and growing network consisting of more than 200 (as of September 2014) civil society organizations and individuals from 26 countries committed to advancing the rights of refugees in the Asia Pacific Region.
FAHAMU strengthens and nurtures the movement for social justice in Africa by Tuliwaza (knowledge to serve activism and practice), Adilisha (learning across movements), Utetezi (amplifying Africa-centred voices, perspectives, and solutions in policy and decision-making at all levels), and Pambazuka (creating platforms for analysis and debate).
The International Detention Coalition (IDC) is a unique global network, of over 300 civil society organizations and individuals in more than 70 countries, that advocate for, research and provide direct services to refugees, asylum-seekers and migrants affected by immigration detention.
The Southern Refugee Legal Aid Network, and its member organizations
The Southern Refugee Legal Aid Network was initiated to formalize cooperation towards refugee rights, with a view to channeling disparate refugee rights organizations into a movement. The particular challenges that refugees face as regards access to judicial recourse in the global south have demanded an increase in rights-based advocacy, through pro bono legal aid, research, and policy advocacy. The SRLAN member organizations are bound by a common desire to foster respect for the rights of refugees in the global south, whilst not all necessarily being based there.
The Refugee Law Project, Makerere University, Kampala Uganda works to empower asylum seekers, refugees, deportees, IDPs and host communities in Uganda to enjoy their human rights and lead dignified lives.
HIAS rescues people whose lives are in danger for being who they are. We protect the most vulnerable refugees, helping them build new lives and reuniting them with their families in safety and freedom. We advocate for the protection of refugees and assure that displaced people are treated with the dignity they deserve. Guided by our Jewish values and history, we bring more than 130 years of expertise to our work with refugees.
The International Rescue Committee (IRC) responds to the world’s worst humanitarian crises and helps people to survive and rebuild their lives. At work in over 40 countries and 25 U.S. cities to restore safety, dignity and hope, the IRC leads the way from harm to home.
Episcopal Migration Ministries is the refugee resettlement program of the Episcopal Church, and a living example of the Church’s commitment to aid the stranger in our midst. In 2013, EMM helped almost 5,000 refugees build new lives in security and peace in 30 communities across the United States. EMM collaborates with local partner agencies in 26 Episcopal dioceses and 22 states to welcome those fleeing persecution.
The International Lesbian and Gay Association (ILGA) is the world federation of national and local organisations dedicated to achieving equal rights for lesbian, gay, bisexual, trans and intersex (LGBTI) people.
ILGA is an umbrella organisation of more than 1100 member organisations presented in six different regions including: Pan Africa Ilga, Ilga-Asia, Ilga-Europe, Ilga-LAC (Latin America and the Caribbean), Ilga North-America and Ilga-Oceania (Aotearoa/New Zealand, Australia and Pacific Islands).
The Teachers College at Columbia University is the first and largest graduate school of education in the United States and is also perennially ranked among the nation’s best. Its name notwithstanding, the College is committed to a vision of education writ large, encompassing our four core areas of expertise: health, education, leadership, and psychology.
The University of Ottawa School of Law’s faculty is composed of a wide range of experts, many of whom are renowned as leaders in their respective fields.
As a global and national leader in a variety of fields, Common Law offers specializations in Dispute Resolution, Environmental Law, International Trade, Business and Human Rights Law, Social Justice and Technology Law, Public Law and Aboriginal Law. The Centre for Law, Technology and Society has helped to solidify the law school’s position as the leading Law and Technology Faculty in the country. University of Ottawa also provides one of the richest sets of course offerings in the world in International Law. We are also home to the internationally renowned Human Rights Research and Education Centre. Furthermore, they are the national leader in Environmental Law and home to the IUCN Academy of Environmental Law.
The European Region of the International Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Trans and Intersex Association (ILGA) – is an international non-governmental umbrella organisation bringing together 422 organisations from 45 European countries. ILGA-Europe was established as a separate region of ILGA and an independent legal entity in 1996. ILGA itself was created in 1978 and upholds two main pillars: Advocating for human rights and equality for LGBTI people at the government level of the European Union and Strengthening the European LGBTI movement by providing training and support to its member organizations and other LGBTI groups.
The Council for Global Equality brings together international human rights activists, foreign policy experts, LGBT leaders, philanthropists and corporate officials to encourage a clearer and stronger American voice on human rights concerns impacting LGBT communities around the world.
Our Asylum Representation Program, which recruits and trains lawyers to represent refugees on a pro bono basis, is one of the largest and most successful programs of its kind in the country. Its impact could hardly be more profound: liberty instead of oppression, and sometimes life instead of death, for thousands of people. And beginning with the Refugee Act of 1980, which we helped draft, we’ve been at the forefront of all major reforms to the asylum system.