Reflections from 2015

2015 was a low point for humanity – the world inadequately responded to the ongoing global refugee crisis.

We did not waver in championing our cause.

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Instead, we took the lead to educate decision makers and advocate for what was right. We expanded our reach through partnerships to build local communities of opportunity and demand a global standard of dignity for the uprooted. We renewed our energy with a refreshed brand and a new web presence to harness the courage of our supporters and tell the inspirational stories of the people we serve.

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Uprooted lives restored

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Unaccompanied immigrant children received social and legal services

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Human trafficking survivors’ and family members’ lives restored and rebuilt

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In 2015, we...

Spoke out for what was right

In the face of world crises, we provided authoritative information to almost a hundred news outlets and appeared at many influential platforms including the Clinton Global Initiative, the National Press Club, and Global Diaspora Week 2015.

Educated Congress about trafficking survivors

With the Senate Caucus to End Human Trafficking we held a briefing with a behind the scenes look at the National Human Trafficking Victim Assistance Program.

Provided leadership for a resettlement program

We met with Uruguayan officials to provide information and assistance as they establish a refugee resettlement program.

Represented the needs of youth

We joined 110 other organizations to connect at the UN International Young Leaders Assembly.

Testified before the Senate

Citing her 40 years of experience resettling refugees, President and CEO Lavinia Limón addressed the Subcommittee on Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs concerning the refugee security screening process. Watch the testimony!

Sent a delegation to Ethiopia

We lead a mission trip to visit refugee camps in northern Ethiopia and assess the needs of unaccompanied migrating Eritrean youth.

Expanded a presence in Central America

Our office in El Salvador provides services for repatriated children. We renewed our relationships with governments in Guatemala, El Salvador, and Honduras to assist them on U.S. immigration law and refugee matters.

Stood up for survivors

On the World Day Against Trafficking in Persons, we joined the#‎IGiveHope‬ campaign to show solidarity with the millions of victims of human trafficking.

Provided reliable statistics

During the turmoil of the election season, we provided fact checking organizations Politifact and with research on refugee resettlement issues.

Brought our voices to the Hill

Our staff visited the offices of dozens of congressional offices to represent our cause.

Formed community connections

We established relationships with local employers like Tyson Foods and Sterling Technologies, which employ our refugee clients.

Were invited to Harvard Law School

As part of the Wasserstein Public Interest Fellowship, we held dozens of meetings with Harvard law students to speak about our work and advise them on careers in public interest.

Briefed Congress on Central America

We worked with Congressman Raúl Grijalva to hold a briefing about the ongoing humanitarian crisis of Central American migrants, featuring the UN High Commissioner for Refugees and the Congressional Research Service.

Empowered medically vulnerable refugees

Our case managers assist these refugees through intensive case work and advocacy–like our team in Albany, who spent endless hours helping our client, Khoorosh, get a customized wheelchair so he can navigate his new life in America.

Worked alongside exemplary pro bono attorneys

Poarch Law in Salem, VA represented numerous U and Special Immigrant Juvenile Visa cases for unaccompanied minors at no cost to us or the families. Their expertise helped several vulnerable children obtain legal status and find safety.

Many thanks to our generous supporters

U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, Office of Refugee Resettlement • U.S. Department of State, Bureau of Population, Refugees, and Migration • U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, Office of Family Assistance • New York State • Oak Foundation • Corporation for National and Community Services • North Carolina Department of Health and Human Services • Singhal and Company, Inc. • Mercy Corps • United Way of Central Iowa • Nissan Foundation • Morton K. and Jane Blaustein Foundation • Mid-Iowa Health Foundation • Mindy Saffer • The Williams Family Foundation • B&C Eddy Fund • The Serendipity Fund of the Ayco Charitable Foundation • Kenneth Blackman • Katharine Crost • The Bernard F and May A Powell Foundation • The Diamondston Foundation • Jas Yolles • Matthew Roberts • John Monahan • Scott Wu • Heather L. Pearson • Paul and Eileen Growald • Riley McDonald • NAFSA Region X and XI • TD Bank • Amy Biancolli Ringwald • Dr. and Mrs. Han Broekman • Karen Carney • Thomas Denes • James and Sara Donnell • Fanita English • J. Michel Guité • Daniel Ross • Shure Incorporated • Lois D. Williams • Tatum Braun • Northern Trust Company • Andrew Sittley • Laurie Stavrand • Judy Judd • Susan Hagen • Hosh Yoga Inc. • Jeannette Ramos • Michael Faudree Charitable Fund • Siena College • Kittamaqundi Community Church • Jeffrey Blackman • Nancy Calkins • Commonwealth Digital • Congregation of the Humility of Mary • Mary Crane • Coral Dawson • General Dynamics Armament Systems • HIAS • Sue Jordan • Lavinia Limón-Hanon • Elizabeth Neufeld • Rhino Foods, Inc. • Albert S. Richardson • Leyla Santiago • Earl Steenburg • James Stiven • The Mervyn L. Brenner Foundation • Lane and Athena Tracy • Middlebury College • Lee Williams and Johan Fatemi • John Roe • Camel’s Hump Middle School Principal Fund • Fred’s Furniture • Zachary Arcaro • Don and Marie Marzuki Family Foundation • Jane Drorbaugh • Leslie Thiele• Kedron Bardwell • Nelson Torres • St. Andrew’s Episcopal Church • Tom Frolick • Kaj Neve • Nicolle Whalen • City School District of Albany • John Flynn • Anne Marie Miller • Robin Amy Muse • Patricia Naguib • RPVC of Northeastern NY • Joseph Weening • Holly Welstein • The College of Saint Rose • Benedictine Convent of Perpetual Adoration • Laurie DuFoe • Alexander Durtka & Sharon Rae Langdergott • Jean Esswein • Jonathan Heaton • Zachary Ibrahim • International Center of the Capital Region, Inc. • Frederic and Gayle Jandrey • Lane Press • Lorelie Lombardo • Ben Maritz • G. Steven Martin • Jeanne Mathewson • Peggy Pazzaglia • Rural Women Leadership Institute • Amy Siegel • David Sinski • Janet Winslow • Erie Insurance • First Unitarian Universalist Society of Albany • Anatoly Valerstein • Nancy Schmidt • Unitarian Church of Montpellier • Darren Schlissel • Beethoven’s 9th Benefit Concert • Green Mountain Mahler Festival • Jonathan M. Schneider • First Reformed Church of Bethlehem • Karim Nice • Vermont Oxford Network • Gene and Mary DeFelice • Gretchen Singh • Bruce Campbell • Jeffrey Loiter • Erik R. Leo • Sherburne U.C.C. • Elizabeth Steele • Kathleen M. Fernee

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Audited statement of financial position

For the year ending September 30, 2015

FY2015 Financials
FY2015 Financials
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