US Association for UNHCR (UN Refugee Agency)

The United States Association for UNHCR (USA for UNHCR) supports the UN Refugee Agency's humanitarian work to protect and assist refugees around the world. We strive to meet the needs of the world's most vulnerable people, building support and awareness in the United States for UNHCR's life-saving relief programs. Established by concerned American citizens, USA for UNHCR is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization.

US Association for UNHCR (UN Refugee Agency)
1775 K Street, N.W.
Suite 580
Washington, DC 20006
United States
(202)296-1115
http://www.unrefugees.org

Interim Executive Director

Greg Wangerin

Management Team

Greg Wangerin, Sherry Bell, Nick Slijepcevic, Kyle Simpson, Lauren Meling, Kristie Malley, Levar Freeman, Matt Pearsall

Board of Directors

Greg Wangerin, Sherry Bell, Nick Slijepcevic, Kyle Simpson, Lauren Meling, Kristie Malley, Levar Freeman, Matt Pearsall

Mission

The United States Association for UNHCR (USA for UNHCR) supports the UN Refugee Agency's humanitarian work to protect and assist refugees around the world. We strive to meet the needs of the world's most vulnerable people, building support and awareness in the United States for UNHCR's life-saving relief programs. Established by concerned American citizens, USA for UNHCR is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization.

Programs

The UN Refugee Agency (UNHCR) provides protection, shelter, emergency food, water, medical care and other life-saving assistance to 34.5 million people worldwide, who have been forced to flee their homes due to war and persecution. When possible, UNHCR helps refugees and other displaced people return to their homes voluntarily, safely, and with dignity. When return is not possible, the agency assists with local integration, or resettlement to a third country. Since its formation by the United Nations General Assembly on December 14, 1950, UNHCR has helped an estimated 50 million refugees restart their lives. With a staff of more than 6,000 people, the agency is the lead humanitarian organization on the scene in 126 countries around the world. The United Nations Refugee Agency (UNHCR) was created by the United Nations General Assembly in 1950, initially helping more than one million European refugees after World War II. Governments normally guarantee the basic human rights of their citizens. But when civilians become refugees, this safety net disappears. UNHCR is the UN agency responsible for the safety and well-being of refugees and others of concern worldwide. UNHCR's most important responsibility is to ensure respect for the basic human rights of refugees, ensuring that no one is returned involuntarily to a country where he or she has reason to fear persecution. UNHCR provides lifesaving assistance to those forced to flee their homes, such as shelter, medical care, food, clean water and education. UNHCR also helps refugees find lasting solutions. Voluntary repatriation, or return to their original homes, is what most refugees hope for. But this is not always possible, and in those cases UNHCR helps people rebuild their lives elsewhere-either in the countries where they first sought asylum or in a third country willing to accept them for resettlement. In 2012, the UNHCR provided assistance in 126 countries. South Sudan, Iraq, Democratic Republic of the Congo, Central African Republic, Chad, Darfur, Colombia, Somalia, Sri Lanka, Afghanistan, Liberia, and Uganda are among the most pressing refugee situations where UNHCR operates.Today, UNHCR cares for a record 34.5 million people, most of whom are women and children. People of concern to UNHCR include not only refugees, but also other groups such as asylum seekers, refugees returning home, stateless people and some, but not all, of the estimated 26 million people who are displaced due to armed conflict within their own countries, often known as internally displaced persons (IDPs).

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