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The U.S. Committee for Refugees and Immigrants (USCRI) is disheartened by President Biden’s decision not to lift former President Trump’s refugee resettlement cap of 15,000 for fiscal year 2021 in the Presidential Determination signed today. Under the previous administration, refugee admissions to the U.S. fell to this historic low of 15,000.

In February of this year, the State Department had recommended in a report to Congress that the U.S. raise the ceiling this year to 62,500 …

For Johnston-based NorthPoint Church, hospitality and welcoming the stranger are core values. The church co-sponsored its second family this month – mom, dad and five children from the Democratic Republic of the Congo. The scene at the airport was jubilant, as they reunited with two adult children previously resettled by USCRI Des Moines.

Says NorthPoint Missions Pastor Barry Brown, “Welcoming refugees and helping them start a new life here in Iowa is important to us because it shows peopl…

The Victims of Trafficking and Violence Protection Act (TVPA) was passed into law in October 2000 by Congress and President Clinton. At the time, it was praised as a bipartisan solution to address human trafficking as a distinct crime. Prior to 2000, human trafficking crimes were prosecuted using several different federal and state statutes that often resulted in low prosecutions and scant justice and protection for victims. Since 2000, the law has been reauthorized by every subsequent admini…

by Eskinder Negash

The solemn pageantry of America’s presidential inaugurations celebrates our long history of democratic transitions following elections. Despite the events of January 6th, the will of the people through a free and fair election has been honored, and we will once again witness the peaceful transfer of power.

Democracy is not an easy path and threats—seen and unseen—will always be in front of us. As we recommit ourselves to the…

Part I of this brief discussed the barriers refugee girls face to continuing their education in the midst of the COVID-19 pandemic and beyond.  The barriers fall into three main categories: financial issues, gendered norms about the value of educating girls, and outright gender-based and sexual violence.  Part II focuses on solutions, not only to overcome these barriers in the short-term, but to create greater gender equity in refugee education in the long-term.

Based on USCRI’s research, …

There were no color guards, singers, judges, or extended family and friends, but USCRI client Fardusa could not have been more proud to have passed the test and become a U.S. citizen! Her journey from war to safety took decades. As a young girl, she and her family had a happy life in Somalia. Then conflict forced them to flee. From Somalia they fled to Yemen, where Fardusa had to be the sole support and caregiver for her children for years. Eventually, with refugee status, th…


Nelson Mandela wrote, “There can be no keener revelation of a society’s soul than how it treats its children.” The United States continues to lose its way in how we treat the unaccompanied children fleeing the intractable violence, endemic poverty, and widespread lawlessness of the countries located in the Northern Triangle—Honduras, Guatemala, and El Salvador. Unaccompanied children detained at our southern border have been held in hotels without proper monitoring by private compan…

ARLINGTON, VA –The President’s Report to Congress on the Proposed Refugee Ceiling for FY 2021 calling for a maximum of 15,000 refugees to enter the U.S. is a serious and consequential action that significantly weakens the longstanding global humanitarian leadership role of the United States.

The report, required to be submitted to Congress preceding the Presidential Determination, calls for a refugee ceiling of 15,000—drastically reduced from the decades long average admis…

ARLINGTON, VA – Using the COVID-19 pandemic as a rationale for further eroding legal immigration to the U.S., the Administration has halted issuing green cards to a…

Message from USCRI President and CEO Eskinder Negash

This year’s celebration of World Refugee Day on June 20th takes place during a global health pandemic and civil unrest in many parts of the world, including the U.S. Yet, we cannot turn our attention away from the over 70 million displaced people worldwide–26 million of whom are refugees warehoused in refugee camps and living in dreadful urban slums. In the U.S., once the top country for refugee resettlement worldwide, the cei…


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