Policy Brief: Waiting for Work Authorization: Survivors of Human Trafficking

While human trafficking spans all demographics, certain factors can place individuals at a higher risk of labor trafficking. Some of these risk factors include recent migration/ relocation history, immigration status, employment in a marginalized or unregulated workforce, having been previously affected by abuse or violence, and poverty. The International Labor Organization (ILO) estimates that 24.9 […]

Policy Brief: U.S. Policy and COFA Citizens: Migration from Climate-Vulnerable Countries

This paper is part of USCRI’s ongoing policy and advocacy work highlighting strengths and weaknesses in existing U.S. and international policy toward migration from climate-affected countries and possible policies or models to pursue in response. Through a series of bilateral treaties called the Compacts of Free Association, citizens of the Marshall Islands, Micronesia, and Palau […]

Lautenberg Program Fact Sheet

The Lautenberg Amendment allows citizens in former Soviet Union countries, including Ukraine, who are members of a religious minority group to join their family members living in the United States. These religious groups include Jews, Evangelical Christians, Ukrainian Catholics, and members of the Ukrainian Autocephalous Orthodox Church and Greek Orthodox Church. The program created under […]

USCRI Statement on the Five Years of the Rohingya Crisis

Earlier this year, the U.S. Government formally determined that the Myanmar military régime committed genocide and crimes against humanity against ethnic Rohingya Muslims. This determination comes nearly five years after Myanmar’s military régime launched a total war that forced hundreds of thousands, including elderly, women, and children, of Muslim Rohingya from their homes and into […]

USCRI Policy Brief: TPD and TPS: The EU and the US Provide Immigration Protection

August 24 marks the six-month anniversary of the Russian invasion of Ukraine, which began on February 24, 2022. Over 6.7 million Ukrainians have fled their country as refugees and another 6.6 million are internally displaced. The EU was fast-acting to protect refugees streaming out of Ukraine. Just over a week after the beginning of the invasion, the Council of the […]

Challenges of School Enrollment for Refugee Children

Over the course of the past several months, the U.S. Committee for Refugees and Immigrants North Carolina Field Office has helped enroll over 80 Afghan children into Wake, Durham, Cumberland, and Harnett County schools since they began arriving en masse in August of 2021. The process of enrolling the kids was made even more cumbersome […]

Successfully Housing Our Afghan Arrivals

Between October and March, the U.S. Committee for Refugees and Immigrants North Carolina Field Office (USCRI NC) resettled over 260 fleeing Afghans. Despite the scarcity of affordable housing, all those refugees have now found permanent and secure housing. The rapid arrival of families fleeing Afghanistan beginning last August created both daunting challenges and special moments […]

A Full Employment Milestone – U.S. Committee for Refugees and Immigrants

Nine months ago, the United States began a rapid resettlement operation of Afghan evacuees. Since then, the U.S. Committee for Refugees and Immigrants North Carolina Field Office (USCRI NC) has been able to place all our new Afghan clients who wanted employment into great jobs! And we continue to work with more arrivals. There were […]

USCRI Vermont Resettlement Story: Ode Mbilizi

Hello, my name is Ode Mbilizi and in June 2022 I fulfilled my dream of becoming a U.S. citizen! In 2015, my wife Tawusi Turinabitu, our 7 children, and I came to Vermont from the Democratic Republic of Congo. Before arriving in the U.S., I was a refugee in one of the Congolese refugee camps […]