Thank you!

Refugees International (RI) achieved a lot in the past year, and it is all thanks to you. Since we do not accept any UN or government funding, your support keeps us going. Take a look at some of the things you’ve helped us achieve over the last 12 months.

 
 Displaced Rohingya boys in a refugee camp in Bangladesh.

Displaced Rohingya boys in a refugee camp in Bangladesh.

ROHINGYA REfugees in bangladesh

RI ADVOCACY: RI was among the first to publicly declare that the Rohingya experienced ethnic cleansing in Myanmar and to push for U.S. action.

IMPACT: The United States has since recognized the crisis as ethnic cleansing.

RI ADVOCACY: RI has long advocated for the United States to fully fund the humanitarian response for the Rohingya.

IMPACT: In August 2018, the State Department announced an additional $185 million in aid to assist the Rohingya.

RI ADVOCACY: We highlighted the plight of Rohingya refugees — through media appearances (in outlets including NPR, PBS NewsHour, MSNBC), and in Congressional testimony — and pressed the U.S. government to impose stronger sanctions on those who perpetuated human rights abuses in Myanmar.

IMPACT: In August 2018, the U.S. administration announced targeted sanctions on four military and border guard commanders and two military units.

 RI Advocate, Dan Sullivan, speaks before the House Foreign Affairs Committee about Rohingya Refugees.

RI Advocate, Dan Sullivan, speaks before the House Foreign Affairs Committee about Rohingya Refugees.

U.S. Government ACTION

RI ADVOCACY: RI pressed the United States Congress to resist drastic Trump administration-proposed funding cuts for humanitarian aid of about 30 percent.

IMPACT: The United States Congress provided generous financial support to the humanitarian assistance accounts of the U.S. government, avoiding such funding cuts.

RI ADVOCACY: We targeted both the administration and The United States Congress, individually and in coalition with NGO partners, to release funding for the White Helmets in Syria.

IMPACT: The United States released funding to provide support for the White Helmets.

RI ADVOCACY: RI contributed toward the Elie Wiesel Atrocities Prevention Bill and is listed as an official supporter.

IMPACT:The Elie Wiesel Atrocities Prevention Bill passed the Senate Foreign Relations Committee.

 Alice Thomas, RI’s Climate Displacement Program Manager, speaks to a woman in Puerto Rico after Hurricane Maria struck her island.

Alice Thomas, RI’s Climate Displacement Program Manager, speaks to a woman in Puerto Rico after Hurricane Maria struck her island.

PUERTO RICO

RI ADVOCACY: Our sustained involvement in Puerto Rico advocacy since Hurricane Maria has allowed us to shed light on the needs of hurricane survivors, including poor families and individuals whose homes were severely damaged by the storm and received little to no shelter or housing assistance from FEMA.

RI’s sustained engagement also revealed that there was an increased risk of gender-based violence during and after the disaster that was not — and is still not — being sufficiently addressed.

IMPACT: By providing up-to-date information and helping to keep both the public focused on the crisis and pressure on policymakers, RI’s advocacy has resulted in meaningful impact on the ground. In October 2018, the U.S. Congress passed new legislation that includes more oversight on shelter, including Department of Homeland Security (DHS) Inspector General audits for FEMA tarp contracts.

 Alexandra Lamarcha, RI’s Advocate for Sub-Saharan Africa and Peacekeeping speaks to children in a refugee camp in Nigeria.

Alexandra Lamarcha, RI’s Advocate for Sub-Saharan Africa and Peacekeeping speaks to children in a refugee camp in Nigeria.

 
 Alice Thomas speaks at the United Nations in New York City during the Global Compact negotiations.

Alice Thomas speaks at the United Nations in New York City during the Global Compact negotiations.

Nigeria

RI ADVOCACY: RI traveled to Nigeria in January 2018 to assess the viability of a civilian return plan. On our return, we urged the Nigerian government, the United Nations, and international organizations to take the following actions:

  • The Nigerian government must produce clear and coherent plans for voluntary civilian returns.

  • It is also crucial that they develop and adopt a domestic legal framework for the protection and assistance of the displaced.

IMPACT: There is now strengthened support for protection of civilians in the context of UN operations in Northern Nigeria.

Global Compact on Migration

RI ADVOCACY: In 2018, UN Member States negotiated the first-ever Global Compact for Safe, Regular, and Orderly Migration (GCM). Throughout the process to develop the GCM, RI’s Climate Displacement Program advocated to ensure that the compact included commitments to address and protect vulnerable persons displaced by disasters, climate change and environmental degradation.

IMPACT: We have been identified as a leader on climate migration. RI was invited to act as a thematic expert on climate change and migration in the process leading up to the GCM negotiations and advocated for specific language to be included in the draft text during the negotiations via numerous statements and written submissions.

These interventions helped ensure that language in the final draft text related to the protection of persons uprooted by disasters and climate change will be as strong as possible.

Going forward, RI has been invited to lead civil society’s thematic focus on climate change and migration during the 11th Summit of the Global Forum on Migration and Development which will take place in the days preceding the Intergovernmental Conference to Adopt the GCM in December 2018.