May 2017

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On April 25, Refugees International hosted its 38th Anniversary Dinner at the Mellon Auditorium in Washington, D.C. During the event, RI honored outstanding humanitarians: the volunteers of the White Helmets (Syria Civil Defense) who were awarded RI's highest humanitarian honor, the McCall-Pierpaoli Award; the Congressional Leadership Award was presented to Senator Chris Murphy (D-CT) for his work on refugee policy; and Hassan Shire of Defend Defenders received the Richard C. Holbrooke Humanitarian Award for his work on behalf of human rights activists and others in East Africa. View photos of the event here.


The impact we made in 2016 brought more assistance and a better quality of life for thousands of displaced men, women, and children. We are proud to say we did this without accepting any United Nations or government funding to maintain our independence. Read our 2016 Annual Report.


The State Department’s Bureau for Population, Refugees and Migration announced to NGOs seeking funding for activities in Turkey that only projects that include a target beneficiary base of at least 50 percent non-Syrian refugees, including Afghans and Iraqis, would be considered. Support for non-Syrian refugees in Turkey were key recommendations of RI’s recent report, "Except God, We Have No One”: Lack Of Durable Solutions For Non-Syrian Refugees In Turkey.

“Two Steps Back: Haiti Still Reeling from Hurricane Matthew”

The latest RI report details how Haiti is still reeling from the impacts of Hurricane Matthew, which killed hundreds and is still affecting more than two million Haitians. Read the report

Aid Cut Off Threatens Nearly Three Million Ukrainians

In a new blog, RI Honorary Advisor Dawn Calabia warns international donors, including the United States, not to cut-off humanitarian aid to the nearly three million Ukrainians who are war-affected and internally displaced. Read the blog.

Statement on the Death of Eight White Helmet Volunteers

Refugees International is shocked and saddened to learn about the deaths this weekend of eight White Helmets volunteers in apparent Syrian government airstrikes. The strikes reportedly hit a center run by the Syria Civil Defense, the rescue group also known as the White Helmets. The airstrike was one of the deadliest against the White Helmets organization, which works to assist and rescue civilians struggling to survive the six-year-old Syrian civil war. Read our statement

Advocates in Action

  • RI President Michel Gabaudan addressed the Advisory Council for Bosnia and Herzegovina on responding to the Syrian refugee crisis and advocating within their communities for the rights of refugees. 

RI in the News

  • Izza Leghtas wrote an OpEd in Newsweek about how Libya's slave markets remind us of flaws in EU migration plans.
  • Dan Sullivan wrote an opinion piece for the Fair Observer about Aung Sun Suu Kyi's denial of Rohingya abuses. 
  • Mark Yarnell discussed famine and humanitarian crises across Africa with Voice of America

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