Unwavering advocacy. Lasting solutions.

We galvanize Washington’s corridors, where the actions of few can impact the future of millions. We help define policy solutions and demand a global standard of dignity for all humanity. Our nationwide network unites to amplify the voices of our grassroots service providers to achieve life-changing outcomes for the uprooted.

Current issues

We leverage real stories and reliable statistics surrounding today’s greatest humanitarian crises to champion human rights and provide for human needs.

The Refugee Crisis

This year the United Nations reported that 65.6 million people worldwide were forcibly displaced from their homes. Yet, U.S. policies, like the Executive Order that stops the U.S. refugee resettlement program, are closing the door on refugees.

OUR POSITION

For 106 years USCRI has advocated for the rights of refugees. We are working hard to ensure U.S. policies do not run contrary to the basic tenets of our core American values and shut out refugees. We support Presidential Determination to resettle 75,000 new refugees to the United States in 2018.

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The Central American Crisis

Migrants from Honduras, El Salvador, and Guatemala continue to flee escalating violence and seek refuge in the many countries including the U.S. The majority have valid claims for asylum and protection. Unaccompanied migrating children are a particular concern because their age makes them exceptionally vulnerable.

OUR POSITION

We are the experienced leader working in collaboration with a national network of service providers to provide positive alternatives and concrete solutions for children when they reach the U.S. Through our office in El Salvador we help repatriated youth by providing them hope and opportunity through education and job training. We also advocate for long-term solutions that address root causes for the forced displacement of Central Americans.

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Updates

The U.S. Committee for Refugees and Immigrants Urges Reconsideration of Low Refugee Admissions Plan

September 2017
“We’re disappointed given the magnitude of the worldwide refugee crisis and that it signals the U.S. retreat from global leadership. However we are pleased that the President recognizes that the U.S. Refugee Admissions Program is a crucial element of our nation’s humanitarian, foreign policy and national security strategies and reflects American history and values,” said USCRI President and CEO Lavinia Limón.

 U.S. Committee on Refugees and Immigrants Statement on DACA Decision

September  2017
We are incensed and deeply saddened to learn the President will rescind DACA protections intentionally hurting nearly 800,000 young people who are fellow Americans in every way. DACA recipients, through their accomplishments, have proven just how much the U.S. gains from their contributions.

Reports & Projects

Freedom to Believe 

Freedom to Believe is a project of the U.S. Committee for Refugees and Immigrants advancing the ideals America was founded on by promoting dialogue and common bonds between leaders of all faiths and backgrounds. Our project team is working to foster a better understanding between American Muslim communities and members of Congress.

Overlooked and Unprotected: Central American Indigenous Migrant Women in Mexico

This article examines whether the existence of legal pluralism in Mexico provides any additional protection for Central American indigenous migrant women and finds that indigenous justice systems have a limited ability to assist migrants.

 

Forgotten Refugees

Findings and recommendations from our December 2015 fact finding mission to Ethiopia. It specifically addresses the situation of Eritrean unaccompanied refugee minors.