October 23, 2012 Adelaide Belk Somalia, Syria, About RI

View our photo report from last week's event!

On the evening of October 16th, Refugees International celebrated the 10th anniversary of our New York Circle. Each year since the Circle was founded by Peta Roubin and Natacha Weiss, guests have come together to show their enthusiasm and support for RI’s lifesaving advocacy. This year, friends and supporters joined RI at Unilever’s New York apartment on Columbus Circle on a beautiful autumn night.

July 26, 2012 Michael Boyce Africa, Climate Displacement, South Sudan, Sudan, Humanitarian Response, Protection & Security, About RI, Statelessness, Women & Children

By now you may have heard that refugee marathoner Guor Marial, who was featured on this blog last week, has been allowed to compete as an independent athlete at the London 2012 Olympic Games. The decision, which was confirmed to RI in a letter from International Olympic Committee President Jacques Rogge, is a triumph for Guor and his supporters - some of whom worked tirelessly for months to make his Olympic dream a reality. 

July 10, 2012 Marcy Hersh Africa, Americas, Asia, Middle East, About RI, Women & Children

As the new Senior Advocate for Women & Children’s Rights, I am thrilled to join the RI team and lead this important program to improve access to basic services and protection for women and girls displaced by conflict and crisis.

April 10, 2012 Garrett Bradford About RI

Every day is a busy one here at RI. It seems like there are always meetings to run to, little tasks to perform, and endless emails to answer.

So it’s a welcome change to be able to step back from the desk and really think about the big picture: Are we being as efficient as we can be? Are our messages getting to the people who need to hear them? And are we really capitalizing on the energy of our supporters – people like you!

March 26, 2012 Adelaide Belk Iran, Kuwait, Lebanon, Syria, Humanitarian Response, Middle East, Protection & Security, About RI, Statelessness

On March 20th, longstanding members of the Washington Circle were joined by new friends and supporters at the German Marshall Fund of the United States. Nearly 70 guests took time from their busy schedules to join us for a spring luncheon and briefings by RI Board Member and author Roya Hakakian and RI Statelessness Program Manager Sarnata Reynolds.

January 03, 2012 Michael Boyce Afghanistan, Africa, Colombia, DR Congo, Iraq, Kenya, South Sudan, Sudan, Americas, Asia, Middle East, About RI

Happy New Year, from all of us at Refugees International! Before we start tackling the challenges of 2012 – and there will be many – we bring you a brief wrap-up of all things RI from the year gone by.

First, "RI in 2011: By the Numbers":

August 31, 2011 Andrea Lari About RI
On August 20th, I had the honor of attending on behalf of Refugees International an award presentation by the organization Sassoferratesi nel Mondo for the late Yvette Pierpaoli, a former advocate here at RI. Sassoferrato, a picturesque ancient town in central Italy, chooses to honor its ancestors who have distinguished themselves in their fields of work with the presentation of the Monte Strega Award. This year, Yvette Pierpaoli was the posthumous winner.
August 19, 2011 Courtney Stamm About RI
Last week, friends of Refugees International gathered at the home of Veronica and Gary Silberberg in Jackson Hole – the heart of Wyoming's stunning mountain landscape.  More than 40 guests joined RI to participate in the 8th Annual Jackson Hole Circle event where RI President Dr. Michel Gabaudan provided an update on the state of the world’s refugees. Year after year, informed and compassionate individuals take a break from their busy summer schedules to show their enthusiasm and support for RI’s lifesaving work for refugees around the world.  
August 12, 2011 Dawn Calabia Cambodia, Congress, About RI
Thirty-one years ago when the founders of Refugees International were looking for a friend and ally to help the refugees of Vietnam, Laos and Cambodia, they discovered Senator Mark Hatfield. The former governor of Oregon was a committed and compassionate champion of the poor and persecuted.
May 10, 2011 Megan Fowler About RI

"Refugees are those without a lobby. It's an American tradition and our responsibility to step up on behalf of those who are displaced," Governor Richardson told CNN's Wolf Blitzer at Refugees International's 32nd Anniversary Gala on Thursday night. (You can view photos of the evening here.)

August 18, 2010 Refugees Intern... About RI

Friends of Refugees International came together last Wednesday, in the beautiful beach-side setting of Nantucket. Around eighty people joined together that night, to learn more about refugee crises around the world, with a particular focus on the current situation in Sudan, and RIs advocacy efforts.

July 13, 2010 Lionel Rosenblatt About RI
At first glance, one might have had the impression that Patricia Cronan, at best, tolerated her daughter Trish's passion for refugees.

Pat could seem blunt-- puffing on her cigarette, with a skeptical, "I've seen most of life" expression which was true, having raised six daughters and two sons, while also supporting her husband's work.
July 08, 2010 Mirsada Hoffmann About RI

When the average person thinks about Las Vegas, they probably do not associate this resort city with charity and generous action to support people in devastated African countries. Yet this past weekend, hundreds of people turned up to support Ante Up for Africa, the poker tournament with the sole purpose of raising awareness and funds to end human suffering and atrocities happening in Sudan, Chad and the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC).

July 02, 2010 Briana Orr Humanitarian Response, About RI
On Wednesday June 30th, the Brookings-Bern Project on Internal Displacement hosted a discussion on how the United States can improve its humanitarian response to crises that leave large numbers of people displaced in their own countries. There are currently 25 million internally displaced persons (IDPs) worldwide who have been uprooted by violence or political persecution.
June 18, 2010 Joel Charny About RI
Sunday, June 20 is World Refugee Day, the annual date on which we celebrate the courage and tenacity of refugees worldwide, and reflect on the massive gaps that remain in responding fully to their needs. This year, more than ever perhaps, is a good opportunity to reflect on whether the iconic image of the refugee – an African woman with several children at her feet posing in front of a tent with her meager belongings – conveys refugee reality adequately.
June 10, 2010 Tat Maxwell Middle East, About RI

Far from the traditional halls of power, Refugees International hosted our 7th annual Jackson Hole Circle event last week at the Shooting Star Ranch in Jackson, Wyoming; our most successful circle event of all time. Her Majesty Queen Noor headlined a compelling program that also featured RI Senior Advocate Elizabeth Campbell and our board chair Eileen Shields-West as the master of ceremonies.

June 03, 2010 Briana Orr About RI
From around the world and around the web this week:

After a shaky start, the Peace Jirga is underway in Kabul. Reuters provides live blogging.

Meanwhile, postcard images from 1950s Afghanistan take us back to a time when Kabul “had rock 'n' roll, not rockets.”