International Day of Education: From Refugees to Cultural Navigators

Education is a critical human right that displaced people are far too often denied. Education provides students not just with knowledge, but also with interpersonal skills, confidence, and stability, all of which put them on a path to create a bright future for themselves and their communities. Yet, more than half of all displaced children […]

International Volunteer Day 2023 “If Everyone Did”

International Volunteer Day is an annual celebration of volunteers worldwide. This year’s theme is “If Everyone Did”, where we are invited to imagine the power of 8 billion volunteers working together to foster inclusive, peaceful, and sustainable communities.  This year, we want to highlight two incredible volunteers from our Raleigh, North Carolina office, Marci Curtis […]

November 16: International Day for Tolerance

By: Rosalind Ghafar Rogers, PhD, LMHC, Clinical Behavioral Health Subject Matter Expert with USCRI’s Refugee Health Services in Arlington, VA   Societies are more diverse than ever, but intolerance is growing around the globe. Our world is currently steeped in conflict, oppression, violence, and war, all of which inflict incalculable suffering on innocent people. Sectarian […]

Refugee Program Rebuild Must Continue, USCRI Urges After Biden Sets Admissions Ceiling

On September 29, President Biden set the refugee admissions ceiling at 125,000 for the coming fiscal year. Forced displacement from war, persecution, and violence continues to trend upward across the world. Millions of Afghans, Ukrainians, and Venezuelans remain displaced from instability in their home countries. The crisis in Sudan and other sources of fragility, conflict, […]

The Crisis in the Democratic Republic of the Congo

Origins of the Crisis Democratic Republic of the Congo: Ephemeral Periods of Peace While the most recent humanitarian crisis was sparked by escalated conflict starting in 1994, the roots of the modern conflict and accompanying humanitarian crisis in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (hereinafter “DRC”) are rooted in the country’s tumultuous history and its […]

USCRI Board Member Linda Thomas-Greenfield Appointed As Our Next U.S. Ambassador to the U.N.

USCRI would like to extend its heartfelt congratulations to our board member, Ambassador Linda Thomas-Greenfield, on her appointment to become the next United States Ambassador to the United Nations by President-Elect Joe Biden. USCRI has been honored to have Ambassador Thomas-Greenfield serve on our Board following her long and distinguished career in public service. Her […]

Paying it Back

Below is the story of two refugees, Volodymyr and Philip, whose paths intertwined this year. Their touching story shows how our lives are enriched when we reach out and welcome our new neighbors. Volodymyr and his wife Oleksandra arrived in the U.S. as refugees from Ukraine in December of 2019. “My wife and I are very […]

URGENT ACTION: Keep America’s Refugee Resettlement Program Alive!

The refugee admissions goal for next fiscal year was just officially set at 15,000—the lowest level in U.S. history—and is restricting refugee arrivals based on limited categories of persecution and country of origin, meaning even fewer than 15,000 refugees will actually be resettled. The United States has long been a leader in refugee resettlement, but […]

USCRI Calls for DHS Investigation of the Unlawful Detention of Unaccompanied Children in Hotels

Nelson Mandela wrote, “There can be no keener revelation of a society’s soul than how it treats its children.” The United States continues to lose its way in how we treat the unaccompanied children fleeing the intractable violence, endemic poverty, and widespread lawlessness of the countries located in the Northern Triangle—Honduras, Guatemala, and El Salvador. […]