Reflections from 2016

2016 was a challenging year for refugees and immigrants and for those of us who support them as they strive to establish their new lives and build new futures in America.

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We were heartened by the outpouring of support from unexpected places and people. It seemed that the louder the vitriol and the hate became, the more it was met by stronger individual and community support. This support was manifested in increased donations and more volunteers throughout the USCRI network. Unfortunately, our clients needed to be reassured that they were, indeed, safe in their new homes. We told them that they were witnessing “…democracy in action…” which was not always pretty, not always inspiring, but had always turned out alright for the last 200 years.



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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Average hourly wage earned by our clients

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Self-sufficient in their new community at 180 days

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In 2016, we...

Testified Before the Senate

USCRI provided testimony at a Senate hearing on unaccompanied children. (January 2016)

Expanded the USCRI Network

23 Allied Agencies joined the USCRI Network and we announced a new Refugee AmeriCorps program. (June 2016)

Uplifted Refugees’ Stories in Public Campaign

USCRI designed, filmed and launched the Refugees Love America video campaign for Refugee Council USA.

Provided International Leadership on Refugee Issues

USCRI proposed rights-based solutions at the UN Summit and attended the High Level RoundTable on the Central American humanitarian crisis.

Lead Advocacy on Central American Minors

USCRI hosted former Presidents of Central American countries and welcomed the expansion of the program for Central American migrants fleeing violence, one of USCRI’s 6 Solutions. (March 2016)

Launched Livelihoods Program in El Salvador

USCRI in cooperation with the government of El Salvador launched a livelihoods program for repatriated youth. (May 2016)

Provided Solutions on International Refugee Situations

USCRI launched the Forgotten Refugees: Eritrean Children in Northern Ethiopia report with recommendations from our fact finding trip to Ethiopia.

Welcomed First Syrian Refugees

After advocating for Syrian refugee admissions, USCRI welcomed the first refugees in resettlement sites across the country including Rhode Island, Vermont, and Iowa.

Connected with Elected Officials and Recognized Locally for Service

Elected officials including the Mayor of Detroit and Governor of Vermont visited USCRI refugee resettlement work, USCRI Vermont received an honorary degree, USCRI Albany was recognized for its work, and USCRI Detroit received a grant from the Nissan Foundation.

Central American Indigenous Women

New York University Journal of International Law and Politics published: Overlooked and Unprotected: Central American Indigenous Migrant Women in Mexico by Esmeralda Lopez and  Melissa Hastings of USCRI.

Many Thanks To Our Generous Supporters

Philip Ades • Kenneth Barr • Leonard Baxt • Kevin Bearden • Benedictine Convent of Perpetual Adoration • Margaret Berlin • Bethlehem Central School District • Betty R. & Ralph Sheffer Foundation •  Amy Biancolli Ringwald •  Bida Manda Loatian Restaurant and Bar •  Kenneth Blackman •  Christopher Blake-Turner •  Ilona Blanchard •  Dinah Bodkin •  Boxcar Bar & Arcade •  Brinker Family Foundation •  Caleb Brown •  Don Buck •  Bruce Campbell •  Karen Carney •  Kathee Carr •  Kimberly Castillo •  Catamount Van Ness LLC •  Catherine Cavanaugh •  Lee Cha •  Christ Community Reformed Church in America •  Raymond Coffey •  David Collins •  Counterpoint Chorus •  Mary Crane •  Katharine Crost •  Daughters of the Holy Spirit •  David De Souza •  Gene and Mary DeFelice •  Matthew DeGroot •  Thomas Denes •  Jeanne Di Stefano •  The Diamondston Foundation •  Tyler Doggett •  James Donnell •  Andy Dosmann •  Jane Drorbaugh •  Matthew Dunn Alexander Durtka & Sharon Rae Langdergott Durtka •  Deborah A. Elam •  Erie Community Foundation •  ESA Management, LLC •  Jean Esswein •  Federated Church of East Arlington •  Kathleen M. Fernee •  First Reformed Church of Bethlehem •  Farley Fisher •  John Flynn •  Flynntix Regional Box Office •  Patricia M. Fontaine •  Tom Frolick •  William Gillett •  William Godsman •  Andrea Gooz •  Grace Episcopal Church •  Ellen Graden •  William H. Graves •  Waverly Green •  Green Mountain Mahler Festival •  Growald Family Fund, Inc. •  J. Michel Guité •  T.B. Hagen •  Sylvia Hammer •  Margaret Harris •  Healthy Living Market and Cafe •  Jonathan Heaton •  Valerie Herr •  Jeffrey Hullstrung •  International Institute of Metropolitan Detroit •  Veronica Jorgensen •  Paul Kendall •  Khan Realty and Management Company •  Christopher Kramer •  Omar Kurdi •  La Maestra Community Health Centers •  Lao Family Community Development, Inc. •  Dr. Susan Lastres •  Erik R. Leo •  Debra Leonard •  LionHeart Charitable Trust •  Christine Lloyd-Newberry •  Alison M. Logan •  Jeffrey Loiter •  Long Island Community Foundation •  John P. Louchheim •  Richard J. Luzer •  Caroline Ma •  Jeff MacDonald •  Joyce Manchester •  Deb Markowitz •  Rebecca Martin •  G. Steven Martin •  Rachel I. Mason •  Regis McDonald •  Maureen McFadden •  Michael Faudree Charitable Fund •  Mid-Iowa Health Foundation •  John Monahan •  Monroe Community College Foundation •  Alan Moore •  Murphy Sullivan Kronk •  Patricia Naguib •  Eskinder and Joan Negash •  Elizabeth Neufeld •  Kaj Neve •  Karim Nice •  North Universalist Chapel Society •  Northwest Institute of Research, Inc •  Norwich Congregational Church •  NYSUT Disaster Relief and Scholarship Fund •  William and Lily O’Boyle •  John O’Grady •  Eric Olson •  Orton Family Foundation •  Oxbow Lake Foundation •  Rebecca Paidav •  Lyssa Papazian •  Heather L. Pearson •  Peoples Academy High School •  Peru Congregational Church Mission Committee •  PNC Wealth Management •  Victor Politzi •  Julie Polk •  Presbyterian Women •  Andrew Raubvogel •  Michael Reilly •  Albert S. Richardson •  Emily Rinkema •  Matthew Roberts •  Vicki Robinson •  Jeffrey Rosenbaum •  Daniel Ross •  Kathryn C. Sanderson •  Wendy A. Saville •  Darren Schlissel •  Jonathan M. Schneider •  Michael Sheffield •  John Madden Shelburne Community School •  Sherburne U.C.C. •  Shure Incorporated •  Walter W. Simpson III •  Gretchen Singh •  Andrew Sittley •  Mary Sloan •  St. James Episcopal Church •  Laurie Stavrand •  Elizabeth Steele •  Earl Steenburg •  James Stiven •  Jeremy Strandberg •  Giles Strekel •  Lise Striar •  Bill Tarpley •  William A. Tatem •  The Bernard F and May A Powell Foundation •  The K Foundation •  The Lane Press Employer Fund Inc. •  Christina Tobias-Nahi •  Turrell Fund •  U.S. Charitable Gift Trust •  United Church of Milton •  United Way of Erie County •  Vermont Community Foundation •  Vermont Oxford Network •  VT Fund for Syrian Refugees •  Warren United Church •  Daniel W. Weaver •  Joseph Weening •  Weybridge Congregational Church •  Elizabeth S. Williams •  Lois D. Williams •  Lee Williams •  The Williams Family Foundation •  Tom Wilson •  Scott Wu •  Melissa Wyers •  Wojciech Zolnowski •  Mid-Iowa Health Foundation •  Mercy Corps •  Iowa Crime Victim Assistance Division Victim Services •  Support Program/ US Department of Justice •  Singhal and Co. •  United Way of Greater Capital Region •  Nissan Foundation •  North Carolina Department of Health and Human Services •  Division of Social Services •  Erie Community Foundation •  United Way of Erie County •  Corporation for National & Community Service •  Office of Women’s Health •  U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services •  Dollar General Literacy Foundation •  New York State Office of Temporary and Disability Assistance •  Corporation for National & Community Service •  U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, Office of Refugee Resettlement •  U.S. Department of State, Bureau of Population, Refugees, and Migration

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Audited Statement of Financial Position

For the Year Ending September 30, 2016

2016 Financials
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