Starvation and Suicide: Refugees in Kenya Camps

The extreme cuts to food rations in Kakuma Refugee Camp and Kalobeyei Settlement in Kenya have led to deadly protests, suicides, and an inhumane situation for refugees seeking safety and protection. The U.S. Committee for Refugees and Immigrants (USCRI) is deeply disturbed by reports it received on the current situation in the camp, which has […]

National Mental Wellness Month

January is National Mental Wellness Month. So, what is mental wellness and how does it differ from mental health? Mental health mostly pertains to our brain’s health and our overall functioning, whereas mental wellness is a broader term that covers all aspects of mental, emotional, social, and psychological stability and healthy functioning, recognizing the integrated […]

Reflections on the Global Refugee Forum and the Road Ahead in 2024

The Global Refugee Forum drew to a close last month in Geneva, Switzerland. But the work toward fulfilling its lofty aspirations must only be beginning. At the GRF, the world’s largest gathering on refugee and displacement policy, more than $2.2 billion in financial commitments were pledged to support refugees and refugee-hosting communities around the world. […]

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, […]

Refugee Program Must Strengthen Protections for Climate-Displaced Persons, USCRI and Others Urge

The U.S. Committee for Refugees and Immigrants (USCRI) is joining other refugee resettlement and policy organizations to call for stronger protection pathways for climate-displaced persons, including through the U.S. Refugee Admissions Program. In a September 7 letter to President Biden, refugee resettlement and policy leaders urged the use of existing mechanisms to extend protections to […]

USCRI Statement: USCRI and Fellow Advocates Call for Ukraine TPS Redesignation

Today, the U.S. Committee for Refugees and Immigrants (USCRI) and five leading organizations called on the Biden administration to immediately extend and redesignate Temporary Protected Status (TPS) for Ukraine for 18-months. Temporary Protected Status extends work authorization and protection from removal for nationals of designated countries experiencing conflict, an environmental disaster, or other extraordinary and […]

What Gives You Hope Away From Home? – Mohammad Razi Ahmadi

The Darkest Day 15 August of 2021 marked the darkest day in the past 20-year history of my life. My country had fallen to the hand of the Taliban – a group whose leaders were on the blacklist of the United Nations. They had control over the whole nations who somehow practiced the democratic process […]

World Refugee Day Virtual Panel : New Beginnings

For World Refugee Day, the U.S. Committee for Refugees and Immigrants (USCRI) hosted the virtual panel New Beginnings, where former refugees had the opportunity to share how their personal stories led them to work for other refugees today. Moderated by USCRI Policy Analyst Aaron Escajeda, the panel features USCRI North Carolina Field Office Director Omer […]