What is advocacy, and why is the work of Refugees International so critical? 

Refugees International focuses on the important refugee, displacement, humanitarian, and human rights issues that need urgent attention and action by government officials, policymakers, and other international organizations. Our advocates travel to some of the world’s most severe displacement crises, examining the conditions facing refugees and internally displaced people (IDPs), and assessing the responses to those needs by governments, non-governmental organizations (NGOs) and local and international aid organizations.

Refugees International does not accept government or UN funding, enabling us to speak freely, underlining policies that are working well and where global action falls short. The humanitarian groups that respond to refugee and IDP crises often view Refugees International as an ally, since we can communicate needs and challenges through our robust advocacy in ways they often cannot. The alliances between Refugees International and humanitarian aid groups ultimately strengthen assistance efforts for refugees and displaced people, improving their circumstances and elevating their security and dignity. 

Refugees International’s independence and our ability to speak freely and forcefully are needed now more than ever.

In today’s political environment where refugees are often demonized and rejected, this ability to speak truth to power is essential. RI stands alone in that respect.



While war and conflict are a primary cause of displacement, extreme weather and changing climate patterns are increasingly playing a role. Each year, millions of people are driven from their homes by disasters such as floods, storms, and droughts. RI’s climate program ensures that policymakers and humanitarian actors listen to and prioritize the persistent needs of victims of flooding, drought, storms, and other climate-related events.

Learn more about our Climate Displacement Program


In instances of armed conflict, displaced women and girls face exceptional danger. They live with the constant threat of gender-based violence, such as rape, sexual assault, domestic violence, and traditional harmful practices like female genital mutilation (FGM) and early marriage. As a result, RI has made it a priority to advocate for improved humanitarian responses that elevate the well-being and safety of women and girls.

Learn more about our Women and Girls Program