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About Us

Established by concerned American citizens, USA for UNHCR is a non-profit organization, headquartered in Washington, D.C.

Our Vision and Mission


USA for UNHCR envisions a world without refugees.


USA for UNHCR protects refugees and empowers them with hope and opportunity.



When Needs Are Urgent

By the time refugees reach a place of safety, they are exhausted, traumatized, hungry and hurting. The blue vest of the UNHCR field officer is a welcome sight. It means that help is at hand, that there will be food, water and a safe place to rest.



Restoring Dignity to Rebuild Lives

Once a person becomes a refugee, they are likely to remain a refugee for a very long time. Whether in a camp or in an urban setting, it is a life in limbo. USA for UNHCR helps refugees regain their dignity in creative ways to keep hope alive.



Finding Peace and a Place to Settle

While every refugee dreams of home, only about 1 percent are resettled each year. USA for UNHCR does not resettle refugees but is an advocate for resettled refugees in the U.S. and works to promote acceptance and understanding of refugees’ rights.

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The Office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR), also known as the UN Refugee Agency, is the world’s leading organization aiding and protecting people forced to flee their homes due to violence, conflict and persecution. UNHCR provides shelter, food, water, medical care and other lifesaving assistance to refugees around the world.

The dream of most refugees is to return home. When possible, UNHCR helps refugees return to their homeland. When refugees can’t go back home, UNHCR helps them rebuild their lives in another country. Since its formation by the United Nations General Assembly in 1950, UNHCR has helped an estimated 50 million refugees restart their lives and has twice received the Nobel Peace Prize.

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