International Day Against Violence and Bullying at School, Including Cyberbullying

The first Thursday of November is International Day Against Violence and Bullying at School, Including Cyberbullying and the theme for 2023 is No place for fear: Ending school violence for better mental health and learning. In supporting children and adolescents’ rights to safety, education, and health and well-being, UCSRI commemorates this day by raising awareness […]

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 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 […]

Policy Brief – Improving U.S. Laws and Policies on Labor Trafficking

This week’s policy brief discusses labor trafficking in the context of the United States. Although human trafficking has entered the mainstream consciousness in the United States over the past 25 years, the true magnitude of this crime remains unknown both domestically and internationally. While federal agencies primarily focus on sex trafficking in investigations, some data […]

Part 2 of USCRI’s Series: In Search of Safety

This week’s conversation about unaccompanied children is about the essential services provided by USCRI’s Center for Refugee and Immigrant Children (CRIC) following their release to parents and guardians. Vice President AnnaMarie Bena talks to Director Matt Haygood about the post-release needs of unaccompanied children on their immigration journey. In 2005, USCRI began providing services to […]

Celebrating a First Thanksgiving

This Thanksgiving has been a challenging time for many Americans. The staggering loss of human life due to the COVID-19 pandemic and the damage inflicted to our economy—all occurring within an especially divisive election year—have made this year’s collective expression of giving thanks all the more important. USCRI expressed its gratitude to the people we […]