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Taryn Higashi (Chair) Executive Director, Unbound Philanthropy Read Bio +

Taryn Higashi is the Executive Director of Unbound Philanthropy, which she joined as the first staff member in 2008. The Foundation has co-founded several vibrant institutions, such as the US-based Pop Culture Collaborative, and was one of the first supporters of the United We Dream Network, which in 2020 awarded Taryn their first ever Believer Award.In 2019, Unbound was awarded the Mover and Shaker Award for Bold Peer Organizing from the National Committee for Responsive Philanthropy. Prior to Unbound, Taryn managed the migrant and refugee rights portfolio and was Deputy Director of the Human Rights Unit at the Ford Foundation, where in 2003 she co-founded the Four Freedoms Fund (FFF), a collaborative that has re-granted more than $150 million to state and local immigrant organizations. For her work conceiving and building the FFF Taryn, along with Geri Mannion of the Carnegie Corporation, was given the 2008 Scrivner Award for Creative Grantmaking from the Council on Foundations. Taryn is a Board member of the International Refugee AssistanceProject  (IRAP) and a former Chair of the Advisory Board of the International Migration Initiative at the Open Society Foundations (OSF), and former Co-Chair of the Board of Grantmakers Concerned with Immigrants and Refugees (GCIR.)  She lives in New York City with her husband and son.

Robert J. Abernethy President, American Standard Development Company and Self Storage Management Company; Managing Director, Metropolitan Investments, LLC Read Bio +

Robert J. Abernethy is President of American Standard Development Company and Self Storage Management Company and Managing Director of Metropolitan Investments, LLC. For well over two decades, Robert served as a director of Public Storage, where he served as Chairman of the Audit Committee and has been a member of the National Association of Industrial and Office Properties since 1988. He is a member of the Self Storage Association’s Hall of Fame and was Director of the Self Service Storage Association where he served as Past National Vice President, Secretary and Treasurer, and Past Regional President, Vice President, Secretary and Treasurer. He is a member of the Los Angeles Chapter of Lambda Alpha International. He has been licensed as a California General Building Contractor since 1975.

Robert is a trustee emeritus of Johns Hopkins University, a trustee of Davidson College, and a trustee of Loyola Marymount University. He is a member of the U.S. Department of State Advisory Committee on International Economic Policy, a member of the Advisory Board of the Truman National Security Project, a member of the Harvard and Massachusetts General Hospital’s Advisory Council for the Center for Synergy, Innovation, and Bioengineering, and the Aspen Institute Society of Fellows. He is a member of the Harriman Society, Harvard Partners, Human Rights Watch, the UCLA Chancellor’s Cabinet and UCLA Arts Board of Visitors and on the Advisory Council of the School of Advanced International Studies Washington and Bologna. He serves on the executive committee and as Vice Chairman of the Atlantic Council and the Pacific Council on International Policy as well as a member of the chairman’s forum of the Council on Foreign Relations. He is a board member of the Albert Schweitzer Fellowship, the Brookings Institution, the RAND Center for Global Risk and Security, the YMCA of Metropolitan Los Angeles, the Music Center of Los Angeles County, the Hollywood Bowl and the Peabody Conservatory.

Robert received a B.A. from Johns Hopkins University, a M.B.A. from Harvard Business School, certificates in Real Estate and Construction Management from UCLA and was formerly employed by Hughes Aircraft Company as Controller of its Technology Division.

Nadia Allaudin Managing Director, Wealth Management Advisor, CIMA, Merrill Lynch Wealth Management Read Bio +

Nadia Allaudin is a Managing Director and Wealth Management Advisor with Merrill Lynch Wealth Management in Century City. She earned the Certified Investment Management Analyst® designation. As of January 2022, The Allaudin/Brahos Group is entrusted with over $865 million in assets and liabilities.

Nadia has been the recipient of the following distinguished awards:

  • Forbes “America’s Top Women Wealth Advisors Best-in-State” list in 2022.
  • Forbes “America’s Top Women Wealth Advisors” list in 2020, 2021.
  • Working Mother/SHOOK Research’s “Top Wealth Advisor Moms” list in 2019, 2020, 2021.
  • Forbes “Best-in-State Wealth Advisors” list in 2020, 2021.
  • InvestmentNews recognition as a 2018 Women to Watch Honoree. As one of the 20 prestigious winners, Nadia was chosen from more than several hundred nominations for her leadership, contributions, and impact in the financial advice industry.
  • The GirlPower! Women’s Empowerment Award from A Place Called Home.

With more than 22 years of in-depth experience in the financial services industry, Nadia and her partner, Bill, focus on empowering women and the LBGTQI+ community to better understand their wealth management needs. They enjoy exploring their clients’ relationship to money and assisting them with their financial concerns.

Having founded the annual Women, Wealth & Wisdom Conference in Los Angeles that brings together hundreds of professional women, Nadia works to foster deeper relationships and participate in discussions with renowned speakers on health/wellness, leadership, and spiritual best practices. In appreciation of her efforts, she was awarded the prestigious Bank of America Diversity & Inclusion Recognition award.

Nadia plays an active role in the community through her involvement as a Board Member of IRAP, Vital Impacts, and MADRE, and serves as Board Chair for the Institute for Women’s Policy Research. She completed her yoga teacher training program at Yogaworks and is a certified yoga instructor.

Nadia earned her Bachelor of Science Degree in Business Administration with a dual emphasis in Finance and Business Communication from the Marshall School of Business at the University of Southern California.

Nadia’s Industry Credentials: Series 3 National Commodity Futures, 7 General Securities Representative, 8 General Securities Supervisor, 66, 31 Futures Managed Funds, FINRA Registrations; Insurance License; Certified Investment Management Analyst®.

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Ahilan T. Arulanantham Professor from Practice and Co-Director of the Center for Immigration Law and Policy at UCLA School of Law Read Bio +

Ahilan T. Arulanantham is Professor from Practice and Co-Director of the Center for Immigration Law and Policy at UCLA School of Law. He has successfully litigated a number of cases involving immigrants’ rights, including Franco-Gonzalez v. Holder, the first case to establish a federal right to appointed counsel for any group of immigrants;Jennings v. Rodriguez, which asserts the due process right to a bond hearing for immigrants jailed for years while litigating their deportation cases; and Ramos v. Wolf, a challenge to the Trump Administration’s plan to end theTPS program for immigrants who have lived here lawfully for decades. Ahilan has argued twice before the United States Supreme Court. He has also testified before the United States Congress on three occasions, and served as a Lecturer at the University of Chicago Law School and at the University of Irvine School of Law, where he taught on Preventive Detention.

Ahilan’s parents are Sri Lankan Tamil immigrants who left Sri Lanka to escape race discrimination and sporadic violence. Several years after they came to this country, the Sri Lankan civil war began, causing much of his extended family to flee Sri Lanka. Ahilan has remained interested in promoting human rights in Sri Lanka, and also represented several Sri Lankan Tamil refugees during the course of his work with the ACLU.

Prior to joining UCLA, Ahilan was Senior Counsel at the ACLU in Los Angeles, where he worked for nearly twenty years. Ahilan has also worked as an Assistant Federal Public Defender in El Paso, Texas, and as a law clerk on the United States Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit.In 2007 and 2013 he was named one of California Lawyer Magazine’s Lawyers of the Year for immigrants’ rights, and has repeatedly been named one of the Daily Journal’s Top 100 Lawyers in California over the last decade.In 2010 he received the Arthur C. Helton Human Rights Award from the American Immigration Lawyers’ Association, and in 2014 received the Jack Wasserman Memorial Award for litigation to protect the rights of vulnerable immigrants, also from the American Immigration Lawyers’ Association.

In 2016 Ahilan was awarded a MacArthur Fellowship.

Miriam Buhl is Pro Bono Counsel at Weil, Gotshal & Manges, LLP and has coordinated the Firm’s award-winning worldwide pro bono program since 2005. Weil’s pro bono work covers a wide range of issues including human rights, economic development, corporate governance, political asylum and environmental protection. Miriam co-teaches the Externship on Pro Bono Program and Design at Columbia University Law School. In addition to the IRAP board, she is a member of the board of the Scherman Foundation. Miriam is a member of the Association of Pro Bono Counsel and serves on the Innocence Project’s Development Committee, the Federal Bar Council Public Service Committee, the PILnet Pro Bono Council, the Benjamin N. Cardozo School of Law Public Service Council, and the New York City Bar Association Pro Bono & Legal Services Committee.

Prior to joining Weil in 2005, Miriam was State Director for the Greater New York Chapter of the March of Dimes, one of the largest nonprofits in the U.S. Between 1999 and 2004, she was Executive Director of The New York Women’s Foundation. From 1997 to 1999, she was Founding Director of the Association of the Bar of the City of New York’s Public Service Network, a program to link volunteer attorneys with public service organizations. She also served as Executive Director of the fair housing agency Westchester Residential Opportunities, Inc. from 1993 to 1997 and was Staff Attorney for The Legal Aid Society’s Civil Division, Brooklyn Neighborhood Office.

Miriam is a graduate of Brown University and Fordham University School of Law and lives in Manhattan. She is a jazz buff and plays Irish traditional fiddle.

Joe Cerrell, managing director for Europe, the Middle East, and East Asia (EMEEA), is based in the Gates Foundation’s London office, which he opened in 2010. In this role, Joe oversees the foundation’s government relations, policy, communications, and partnerships with 16 countries across the EMEEA region. His team seeks to increase engagement in the foundation’s global health and development priorities, and drive progress on global health issues through partnerships with governments, corporations, foundations and other non-governmental organizations. Since joining the foundation in 2001, Joe has held a number of roles, including director for donor government relations and director of Global Health Policy and Advocacy. In 2017, Joe helped to found Goalkeepers, an initiative that brings together leaders from around the world to accelerate progress toward the UN’s 2030 Sustainable Development Goals.

Prior to his time at the foundation, he served in a variety of senior roles in government and strategy consulting practices, including positions in the Clinton White House under former Vice President Al Gore and at APCO Worldwide. Joe currently serves on the board of directors for the ONE Campaign and Global Citizen in Europe, and the Global Institute for Disease Elimination (GLIDE). He received a bachelor’s degree in political science from the University of Southern California.

Betsy Doyle Partner, The Bridgespan Group Read Bio +

Betsy Doyle is a partner at The Bridgespan Group’s San Francisco office and head of Bridgespan’s philanthropy practice. Since joining Bridgespan in 2001, Betsy has worked extensively with both nonprofits and philanthropists, with a focus on increasing the flow of funds toward breakthrough social change. She has supported many high performing nonprofits with strategic and scale planning and organizational effectiveness. She has also advised institutional and individual donors on their outcome-driven grantmaking.

Betsy’s philanthropic advising engagements include work with both institutions and individual philanthropists on program-level strategy, portfolio support, and special projects. In recent years, she has led Bridgespan’s work with TED and The Audacious Project, an innovative funding platform to put bold ideas for social change into action. She has also supported several donor families with sourcing and diligence, in service of funding high performing, US-based organizations focused on social and economic mobility.

Until recently, Betsy led Bridgespan’s Education Practice. In this role, she worked with organizations and public agencies pursuing large-scale initiatives focused on increasing college and career readiness among low income youth. She has supported place-based education reform, efforts to strengthen talent and leadership pipelines (at the teacher, school leader, and system level), and on scaling high performing charter and school turnaround models. Based on these experiences, she has co-authored a number of pieces, including “Transforming Schools” (Bain.com, January 2016), “Starting Over After Starting Up,” (SSIR.org, September 2015), “Local Philanthropists Work Together to Transform Public Education” (Bridgespan.org, September 2014), and “Rethinking High School Turnarounds” (Bridgespan.org, January 2013). Betsy has also supported planning initiatives with a number of youth-serving networks and multi-service child welfare organizations, including Youth Villages and The Children’s Institute in Los Angeles. She is also co-author of one of Bridgespan’s most popular management publications, “Business Planning for Nonprofits” (Bridgespan.org, February 2006).

Prior to joining Bridgespan, Betsy worked at The Family Academy (now the Urban Education Exchange), a nonprofit in New York City focused on developing and scaling effective literacy curricula and teacher training. She also worked at Scholastic, Inc., the global publishing, education and media company, in the strategic marketing group. Betsy is a graduate of Princeton University, where she graduated summa cum laude and Phi Beta Kappa. She received her MBA and MEd, both from Stanford University. She currently lives outside of San Francisco with her spouse, three young children, and dog.

Neema Singh Guliani Head of National Security, Democracy, and Civil Rights Public Policy, Americas at Twitter Read Bio +

Neema Singh Gulianiis the Head of National Security, Democracy, and Civil Rights Public Policy, Americas at Twitter, where she works strategically to advance core company policies.She is also an Adjunct Professor at the University of Carolina Law School, where she teaches a course on technology and civil rights.

Prior to Twitter, Neema served in a range of government and advocacy roles.She was a senior legislative counsel with the American Civil Liberties Union from 2013-2020, focusing on surveillance, privacy, and national security issues. In this role, she helped design and lead federal advocacy related to a range of issues including NSA surveillance, ECPA reform, face recognition, and consumer privacy. In addition, from 2011-2013, she was a political appointee in the Chief of Staff’s Office at DHS, concentrating on national security and civil rights issues. She was also an adjudicator in the Office of the Assistant Secretary for Civil Rights in the Department of Agriculture and was an investigative counsel with the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee. As part of her work with the Committee, she conducted investigations related to the BP oil spill, contractors in Iraq and Afghanistan, and the Recovery Act. Neema is a graduate of Brown University where she earned a BA in International Relations with a focus on global security and received her JD from Harvard Law School in 2008.

Mike Jacobellis Chief Investment Officer, New Holland Capital Read Bio +

Mike Jacobellis is the Co-Chief Investment Officer for New Holland Capital, a firm that manages roughly $20 billion in absolute return strategies for a handful of institutional clients. Mike is responsible for investment research, portfolio management and portfolio risk activities. Additionally, Mike oversees NHC’s Environmental, Social and Governance activities to ensure that NHC’s investments are consistent with the desires of our pension stakeholders.

Mike graduated from Cornell University with a BS in Applied Economics and Management and is a CFA charterholder. He lives in New York City with his wife and two young children. The Jacobellis family is passionate about motocross.

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Subhi Khudairi Founding Managing Partner and President, Khudairi Group Read Bio +

Subhi Khudairi is a native of Baghdad, Iraq and currently lives in Dubai where he serves as a Founding Managing Partner and President of Khudairi Group. As President, Subhi is responsible for the development of the company’s strategy and corporate governance. This includes oversight over offices in Houston, Dubai, Amman, Baghdad, Basrah, Erbil, and Sullaymania. His P&L oversight covers the FMCG and the Machinery Business Units. Furthermore Mr. Khudairi proudly supports philanthropic causes in each territory of operation for Khudairi Group.

In 2012, Subhi successfully established the regional office in Dubai, United Arab Emirates to strengthen Khudairi Group’s global network of suppliers and partners. Prior to starting the family business in 2003 with his father and brother, Subhi was an Associate Equity Trader at AIM Investments.

In 2000, Subhi received a Bachelor of Business Administration in Finance and a concentration in Middle Eastern Studies from the University of Texas at Austin. In 2005, Subhi received his Master’s in Business Administration from the Jesses H. Jones School of Management at Rice University and was awarded the Jones Citizenship Award. At Rice University, Subhi was the President of the International Management Club at the Jones School and was a member of the Student Forum at the James A. Baker Institute for Public Policy.

Subhi is married and has two daughters and one son.

Michael Madnick CEO, Mountain Philanthropies Read Bio +

Michael Madnick leads all program, partnerships, and operations of Mountain Philanthropies, in direct collaboration with its funders, referred to as Partners. For many years, Michael advised a range of donors, foundations, companies, nonprofits and governments in support of various social impact outcomes.

Previously, he served as deputy executive director for the Global Alliance for Improved Nutrition, deputy director for global health policy and advocacy at the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, and senior vice president of the United Nations Foundation. Michael also serves on a number of boards and committees.

Carl Reisner has a diverse mergers and acquisitions and corporate finance practice and provides counsel to a varied and long-standing client base, helping companies through all stages of the corporate life cycle. He has represented start-up companies seeking venture capital, growing companies in a wide variety of acquisitions and financings, and restructurings of financially troubled enterprises. Carl is recognized as a leading Private Equity Buyouts lawyer by Chambers USA and by Legal 500. He received his J.D. from Yale Law School and is admitted to practice law in New York and the District of Columbia. Carl serves as IRAP’s corporate counsel and as Vice Chair of the Board, and has served as a supervising attorney representing IRAP clients.

Zainab Salbi Founder of Women for Women International, Media Host and Best-Selling Author Read Bio +

ZainabSalbi is a celebrated humanitarian, author and journalist. Oprah Winfrey identified her as one of the 25 women changing the world to People Magazine, President Clinton nominated her as a “21st Century Heroine” for Harper’s Bazaar; Foreign Policy Magazine calledZainabone of “100 Top Global Thinkers”, and Fast Company identified her as “One of the 100 Most Creative People in Business”. Similar designations also include Newsweek, Fortune, and The Guardian.

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She is the founder and former CEO of Women for Women International, a humanitarian organization supporting women survivors of conflicts rebuilding their lives. Under her leadership, the organization mobilized nearly half a million women in 69 countries, raised $120 million in aid and micro-loans, directly supported 420,000 women, and impacted more than 1.7 family members in 8 countries.

Zainabauthored four books, including the national bestseller Between Two Worlds and her latest Freedom Is an Inside Job. She is also the creator and host of several shows, including #MeToo, Now What? on PBS, TheZainabSalbi Project on Huff Post, The Nida’a Show on TLC Arabia, and Through Her Eyes at Yahoo News.

In 2021Zainabco-founded Daughters for Earth, a $100 Million Fund that aims to mobilize women to actively engage in climate change solutions and launch her new podcast about redefining life in July 2021.

Edward Shapiro Managing Trustee for The Shapiro Foundation and President of Shapiro Investment Company, LLC Read Bio +

Edward Shapiro is the Managing Trustee for The Shapiro Foundation and President of Shapiro Investment Company, LLC.

From 1997-2016, Edward Shapiro was a Managing Partner and Portfolio Manager at PAR Capital Management, Inc., a Boston-based investment management firm.

Mr. Shapiro has served on the board of United Airlines since April 2016.He previously served on the boards of Global Eagle Entertainment (2013-2019), US Airways (2005-2008), Web.com (formerly Interland, 2001-2005), Suddenlink Communications (2003-2012), and Lodgenet Interactive (2009-2013).

At the end of 2016, Mr. Shapiro retired from PAR Capital Management in order to devote his attention to his family’s charitable foundation (The Shapiro Foundation,www.theshapirofoundation.org) and philanthropic activities, with an emphasis on refugee relief and resettlement.

Prior to joining PAR Capital, Mr. Shapiro was a Vice President at Wellington Management Company (1990-1997), an analyst at Morgan Stanley in New York and Los Angeles (1986-1988) and Kayne Anderson Investment Management in Los Angeles (1989-1990).

He also serves on the nonprofit boards of RefugePoint and Social Finance and previously served on the boards of Combined Jewish Philanthropies, The Rashi School, Boston Children’s Hospital, and the Wharton Undergraduate board.He co-chairs the Combined Jewish Philanthropies Mergers & Acquisitions Talk Force and serves on the Budget & Finance committees of The Rashi School and Boston Children’s Hospital.

Ed is actively involved with nonprofits including: UNICEF, The International Rescue Committee, the International Refugee Assistance Project (IRAP), The Global Refugee Sponsorship Initiative, Choose Love, Southern New Hampshire University, Duet, WUSC, HIAS, The HOME Project (Greece), Unitaf (Israel), Jewish Family Service of Metrowest, MOAS, The Karam Foundation, Jewish Vocational Services, Temple Beth Elohim, YearUp, and IsraAID.

Mr. Shapiro earned his Bachelor of Science degree in economics from the University of Pennsylvania’s Wharton School in 1986 and an MBA from UCLA’s Anderson School of Management in 1990.

He lives in Needham, MA with his wife Barbara, son Joshua (20) and daughter Samantha (19).

Tali Farhadian Weinstein Attorney and Legal Analyst, NBC News and MSNBC Read Bio +

Tali Farhadian Weinstein, a former federal and state prosecutor, has spent nearlytwo decades working across a range of American legal institutions. Tali and her family came to America on Christmas Eve 1979 as refugees fleeing the violence and antisemitism of revolutionary Iran. Her parents brought her to the United States so she could grow up experiencing safety, fairness and justice, and she in turn has dedicated her career to fighting for those principles.

After earning degrees from Yale College, Oxford University where she was a Rhodes Scholar, and Yale Law School, Tali was a Law Clerk for Judge Merrick B. Garland at the U.S. Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit, and at the U.S. Supreme Court for Justice Sandra Day O’Connor.Throughout Barack Obama’s presidency, Tali worked at the U.S. Department of Justice, first as Counsel to Attorney General Eric Holder, and then as a federal prosecutor. As an Assistant U.S. Attorney, Tali investigated and prosecuted cases ranging from gun violence and murders to public corruption, tax and other frauds, and national security matters.From 2018-2020, Tali served as the General Counsel of the Brooklyn District Attorney’s Office, one of the largest prosecutors’ offices in the county. In this role, Tali was part of the leadership team charged with implementing the office’s criminal justice reform agenda, and created the nation’s first Post-Conviction Justice Bureau.

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Tali is currently a Legal Analyst for NBC News and MSNBC, and an Adjunct Professor of Law at NYU Law School. Her writing has appeared in the New York Times,the New York Daily News, and other publications. She is a Trustee of the New York Public Library, where she chairs the Audit Committee, a Trustee of the Vera Institute for Justice, and serves on the Board of Directors of the International Refugee Assistance Project (IRAP). Tali lives in New York City with her husband and three daughters.


What does the International Refugee Assistance Project do? ›

The International Refugee Assistance Project (IRAP) organizes law students and lawyers to develop and enforce a set of legal and human rights for refugees and displaced persons.

What is the difference between a refugee and an asylum seeker? ›

An asylum seeker is someone who is seeking international protection but whose claim for refugee status has not yet been determined. In contrast, a refugee is someone who has been recognised under the 1951 Convention relating to the status of refugees to be a refugee.

What are the disadvantages of accepting refugees? ›

Are Refugees Bad or Good for the Economy?
  • The cost of receiving refugees may seem shockingly high, often leading people to fear that accepting them will be an economic burden for their country. ...
  • Entrepreneurship Generates Wealth and Jobs.
  • Replacing an Aging Population.
  • Income Growth After Resettlement.
Jul 14, 2020

Where do refugees go when they leave their country? ›

Most refugees go to countries neighboring their own, in part so that they can return home when circumstances change.

How many refugees are in Florida? ›

While in recent years the number of arrivals has decreased nationwide, the State of Florida's refugee program is the largest in the nation, receiving more than 5,000 refugees, asylees, and Cuban/Haitian entrants each year.

What does unhcr stand for? ›

UNHCR stands for United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees, also known as the UN Refugee Agency. It was created in 1950 to help millions of Europeans who had fled or lost their homes during the Second World War. Today, UNHCR protects and assists millions of displaced and stateless people around the world.

Who qualifies for refugee status? ›

In general, eligibility for refugee status requires that: You are located outside the United States. The reason for persecution is related to one of five things: race, religion, nationality, membership in a particular social group, or political opinion. You have not already resettled in another country.

Which country takes in the most refugees? ›

Türkiye hosts the largest number of refugees, with 3.8 million people. Colombia is second with more than 1.8 million, including Venezuelans displaced abroad.
Welcome to UNHCR's Refugee Population Statistics Database.
Syrian Arab Republic6.8 million
South Sudan2.4 million
Myanmar1.2 million
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How can we help refugees? ›

How to help refugees in the United States: 10 ways to stand for...
  1. Donate online. ...
  2. Donate goods. ...
  3. Speak out. ...
  4. Spread the word. ...
  5. Volunteer. ...
  6. Fundraise. ...
  7. Share refugee stories. ...
  8. Welcome a refugee.
Jan 26, 2017

Why do you want to work with refugees? ›

The first should be, why do you want to help refugees? Working with refugees can be challenging and sometimes traumatic – you are directly assisting people who may have been through some extreme experiences. However, working to help refugees is also an incredibly fulfilling and compassionate line of work.

Why should we welcome refugees? ›

Their efforts can help create jobs, raise the productivity and wages of local workers, lift capital returns, stimulate international trade and investment, and boost innovation, enterprise and growth. Welcoming refugees generally implies an initial investment, typically of public funds.

What challenges do refugees face? ›

While in their country of origin, refugee children may have experienced traumatic events or hardships including:
  • Violence (as witnesses, victims, and/or perpetrators)
  • War.
  • Lack of food, water, and shelter.
  • Physical injuries, infections, and diseases.
  • Torture.
  • Forced labor.
  • Sexual assault.
  • Lack of medical care.

Which country takes in the most refugees 2022? ›

Most of the 6.7 million refugees to leave Syria have remained in the Middle East, hosted predominantly by Turkey (3.69 million), Lebanon (852k), Jordan (668k), and Germany (616k).

Who is called refugee? ›

Refugees are people who have fled war, violence, conflict or persecution and have crossed an international border to find safety in another country.

What do refugees need most? ›

They're in need of the basics to sustain their lives: food, clothing, healthcare, shelter, and household and hygiene items. Refugees also need reliable access to clean water as well as sanitation facilities. Children need a safe environment and a chance to play and go to school.

Can a refugee be deported? ›

If you or your loved one is in the U.S. as an asylee, you may be wondering: Can an asylee be deported? An asylee may not be deported. But, the government may terminate an asylee's status as an asylee, if certain grounds exist. If the government terminates an asylee's status, the asylee may be deported.

How many refugees are in the world today? ›

How many refugees are there around the world? At least 89.3 million people around the world have been forced to flee their homes. Among them are nearly 27.1 million refugees, around half of whom are under the age of 18.

Who is a famous refugee? ›

Freddie Mercury – Lead singer of the band Queen, fled to England from Zanzibar in 1964. Olivia Newton-John – Singer and actress, granddaughter of refugee Max Born. Rita Ora – Singer, came to the UK as a refugee from Kosovo as baby. Regina Spektor – Singer, songwriter and pianist.

What type of visa do refugees get? ›

If you are admitted as a refugee, you must apply for a Green Card one year after coming to the United States. To apply for permanent residency, file Form I-485, Application to Register Permanent Residence or to Adjust Status. There is no fee for refugees to file the Form I-485.

How many refugees are there in the world 2022? ›

By May 2022, more than 100 million people were forcibly displaced worldwide by persecution, conflict, violence, human rights violations or events seriously disturbing public order.

Do refugees get citizenship? ›

In general, after a certain number of years as a lawful permanent resident, you can apply for naturalization. Refugees and asylees may apply for naturalization 5 years after the date of their admission to lawful permanent residence.

How long does refugee application take? ›

Projected wait times are approximately 24 months for refugee claims and 12 months for refugee appeals.

How long does refugee status last? ›

Answer. Refugee status is granted indefinitely and has no expiration date once the refugee has arrived in the United States. However, refugees are required to apply for permanent resident status (a green card) a year after living in the U.S.

Did you know facts about refugees? ›

Fast facts: Refugees

4.6 million people are asylum-seekers (seeking refugee status), and an additional 53.2 people million are displaced within their own countries. 41% of all forcibly displaced people are children. Almost 1 million children were born as refugees between 2018 and 2020.

Which country is best for asylum? ›

Germany remains the top destination for people seeking protection in Europe, with the number of asylum applications filed in the country already exceeding the 100,000 mark in 2021.

Which countries do not allow immigration? ›

Here are some of the most challenging countries to immigrate to:
  • Saudi Arabia.
  • Kuwait.
  • Bhutan.
  • China.
  • Japan.
  • Switzerland.
  • Denmark.
  • Liechtenstein.

How are refugees protected? ›

The Universal Declaration of Human Rights (Article 14), which states that everyone has the right to seek and enjoy asylum from persecution in other countries. The 1951 UN Refugee Convention (and its 1967 Protocol), which protects refugees from being returned to countries where they risk being persecuted.

What skills do you need to work with refugees? ›

What skills and strengths do you need to be a refugee worker?
  • Resilience and mental strength are vital, and you'll also need to be dedicated to helping people in need. ...
  • Willingness to work in challenging environments. ...
  • Sensitivity to different cultures. ...
  • A calm approach to difficult situations.

Why do you want to work with immigrants? ›

Desire to protect citizens: Immigration officers help to ensure the safe and legal immigration of people coming into the U.S. You may want to work in this role because you have a desire to protect U.S. citizens by defending the country's immigration processes.

What have you learned from refugees? ›

But there is much that can be learned from the experience of refugees, for whom this has been the norm for years or even decades. Their resilience and courage in the face of adversity. Their devotion to family and friends. Their instinct to share responsibility for helping those less fortunate within their communities.

Why should we care about the refugee crisis? ›

Refugees are our neighbors. They revitalize our economies. They are in frontline jobs in healthcare, teaching, and the food industry that have kept our country afloat through COVID-19. Refugees fleeing unspeakable violence and persecution come to the United States with hope for a new future.

Should a country accept refugees? ›

Refugees Stimulate the Economy

The more people participating in a country's economy the better. Economic activity alone is one of the many benefits of taking in refugees. There is an initial investment required when allowing refugees into a country. Housing, language classes, healthcare, sustenance.

What are the types of refugees? ›

  • Refugees. A refugee is a person who has fled his or her own country and cannot return due to fear of persecution and has been given refugee status. ...
  • Migrants. ...
  • Asylum seekers. ...
  • Internally displaced persons (IDP) ...
  • Stateless persons.

How is the life of a refugee? ›

Life as a refugee often includes overcrowding, a lack of food and water and a lack of sanitary methods of eliminating human waste. Refugees may be displaced for 10-26 years on average. In 2016, Brookings reported that “only 2.5% of refugees were able to return to their home countries” and only .

What are the impacts of refugees? ›

In some cases, the presence of one (ethnic) group of refugees may affect ethnic balances within the local population and exacerbate conflicts. There are commonly complaints that refugees have added to security problems in general and crime rates, theft, murder etc., in particular.

What emotions do refugees feel? ›

Memories of a childhood spent running away from war. Trying to find stability in a place where you feel like an outsider.

Why refugees leave their country? ›

A refugee has a well-founded fear of persecution for reasons of race, religion, nationality, political opinion or membership in a particular social group. Most likely, they cannot return home or are afraid to do so. War and ethnic, tribal and religious violence are leading causes of refugees fleeing their countries.

Where do most refugees apply for asylum? ›

The report states that the total number of people granted asylum in the United States went up by 24% from 37,567 in 2018 to 46,508 in 2019.
  1. China (PRC)
  2. El Salvador.
  3. India.
  4. Guatemala.
  5. Honduras.
  6. Mexico.
  7. Cuba.
  8. Cameroon.

Which country takes the most immigrants? ›

United States — 50.6 million. Germany — 15.8 million. Saudi Arabia — 13.5 million. Russia — 11.6 million.

Who were the first refugees? ›

The word refugee comes from French and was first used in the modern context following the revocation of the Edict of Nantes in 1685, which sent the Protestant Huguenots to flee the religious persecution by the French King Louis XIV.

Are refugees legal? ›

Under U.S. immigration law, a person granted asylum is legally allowed to remain in the country without fear of deportation. They qualify to work, travel abroad and apply for their spouse or children under the age of 21 to join them. Are asylum seekers refugees?

Is Refugees International an NGO? ›

The organization is based in Washington, D.C. RI also has a blog detailing its recent actions.
Refugees International.
Founded1979 by Sue Morton in Washington, D.C.
TypeNon-profit NGO
LocationWashington, D.C., and New York City
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When was Irap founded? ›

Founded in 2008 as the Iraqi Refugee Assistance Project, the International Refugee Assistance Project serves displaced persons all around the world in an effort to help mitigate a truly global crisis.

How many refugees are in Ukraine? ›

Around 7.0 million refugees fleeing Ukraine have been recorded across Europe, while an estimated 8 million people had been displaced within the country by 3 May. Approximately one-quarter of the country's total population had left their homes in Ukraine by 20 March.

Is Refugees International a 501c3? ›

International Peace, Security, and Affairs | EIN: 52-1224516 | Washington DC. Refugees International is a 501(c)(3) organization, with an IRS ruling year of 1981, and donations are tax-deductible. Is this your nonprofit?

How can we help refugees? ›

How to help refugees in the United States: 10 ways to stand for...
  1. Donate online. ...
  2. Donate goods. ...
  3. Speak out. ...
  4. Spread the word. ...
  5. Volunteer. ...
  6. Fundraise. ...
  7. Share refugee stories. ...
  8. Welcome a refugee.
Jan 26, 2017

How many refugees are in the world? ›

How many refugees are there around the world? At least 89.3 million people around the world have been forced to flee their homes. Among them are nearly 27.1 million refugees, around half of whom are under the age of 18.

How do I contact Irap? ›

Call us toll-free at 1-877-994-4727 to learn more about NRC IRAP.

Who takes most Ukrainian refugees? ›

Russia: (estimated) 1,412,425 Ukrainian refugees recorded. Poland: 1,194,642. Moldova: 82,700. Romania: 83,321.

Can I offer a home to Ukrainian refugees? ›

If you want to offer a home to people fleeing Ukraine, you can become a sponsor as part of the Homes for Ukraine scheme. Use this service to record your interest in becoming a sponsor.

How can I give refugees to Ukraine? ›

How to Donate to Organizations in Ukraine
  1. Donate to the Ukrainian Red Cross.
  2. Donate to World Central Kitchen.
  3. Donate directly to GlobalGiving's Ukraine Crisis Relief Fund.
  4. Donate directly to Vostok SOS via bank transfer.
  5. Credit card payments are also accepted through Libereco, a Vostok SOS partner.
Aug 18, 2022

Is Refugees International a good charity? ›

Charity Ratings

Charity Navigator has given Refugees International a four star rating, its highest rating for a charity. Good Housekeeping magazine named Refugees International one of the top 50 charities to donate to in 2020.

Is UNHCR a good place to donate? ›

This charity's score is 79.33, earning it a 2-Star rating. Charity Navigator believes donors can "Give with Confidence" to charities with 3- and 4-Star ratings. This score is calculated from two sub-scores: Finance: 70.77 View details.

How do I stop UNHCR donations? ›

Please contact our donor services team at 1-855-808-6427 or emailing info@usaforunhcr.org and we would be happy to update your preferences, cancel your monthly donations or make any changes that you need!


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