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08 Dec 2011 description

This week, events are taking place across the globe to mark the 16 Days of Activism Against Gender Violence, a campaign to end violence against women, which, according to the UN, 70 percent of women will experience in their lifetime.

04 Nov 2011 description

November 03, 2011 | Alice Thomas

Next month, the United Nations will hold a high-level ministerial meeting to commemorate the 60th anniversary of the 1951 Refugees Convention. For more than half a century, the Convention and its 1967 Protocol have provided protection to millions of vulnerable people fleeing conflict and persecution in their home countries.

01 Sep 2011 description

One year after massive floods submerged much of Pakistan, millions of flood survivors are still without permanent shelter and struggling to access food. The disaster exposed Pakistan’s vulnerability to natural disasters and climate change. While some members of Congress are reluctant to extend additional aid to Pakistan, supporting programs that provide shelter and food security to the most vulnerable sectors of Pakistani society would demonstrate America’s commitment to Pakistan’s longer-term interests while helping people rebuild their lives. Therefore, it is critical that the U.S.

21 Jun 2011 description

June 20, 2011 | Michel Gabaudan

Today is World Refugee Day -- a day for people to spend a little more time recognizing and honoring the world’s most vulnerable people. At a time when only a few of the world’s refugees and displaced people make the news headlines, I welcome any day that reminds people to stop and pay attention to all 43.7 million people who are struggling to rebuild their lives and communities.

04 Feb 2011 description

Fri, 02/04/2011 - 17:00

Dear Chairs and Ranking Members:

I write on behalf of Refugees International (RI), a non-profit organization that does not accept government or UN funding, to respectfully request that you include substantial funding for the Department of State and foreign operations in the U.S. budget. Specifically, as you complete the FY2011 Continuing Resolution and begin to craft the FY2012 budget and appropriations bills, I urge you to at least maintain current FY2010 funding levels for critical humanitarian and security accounts in the International Affairs Budget.

13 Jan 2011 description

As Friday's memorial service for Ambassador Richard C. Holbrooke approaches and Pakistani President Asif Ali Zardari travels to Washington, Secretary of State Hillary Clinton should put critical humanitarian and human rights issues front and center in her discussions with President Zardari.

Ambassador Holbrooke was the chairman of the board of directors of Refugees International (RI) from 1996-1999 and a member of the board for eleven years. Most recently he was the Special Representative for Afghanistan and Pakistan.

11 Jan 2011 description

January 11, 2011

Hillary R. Clinton

Secretary of State

United States Department of State

2201 C Street Northwest

Washington, DC 20520

Dear Secretary Clinton,

In advance of Pakistani President Asif Ali Zardari's visit to Washington to honor the memory and contributions of Ambassador Richard C.

22 Nov 2010 description


In July 2010, massive rain in Pakistan led to unprecedented flooding that submerged one-fifth of the country and affected more than 20 million people. While many experts believe the floods were the result of climate change, others say the science is uncertain. Regardless, most agree that natural disasters are occurring more frequently and that the international community is ill-equipped to respond. It is estimated that by 2050, as many as 200 million people will be displaced by natural disasters and climate change.

17 Nov 2010 description

Sarah Bacon

When my father was dying in July 2009 and decided to set up the Bacon Center for the Study of Climate Displacement at Refugees International (RI), my sister, Katie, and I sat down with him to talk about what he wanted the center to be and do. The first thing he said was, "I have always tried to be fair in all that I do."

This is the philosophy of Refugees International, too.

22 Oct 2010 description

Fri, 10/22/2010 - 13:16 Refugees International would like to applaud the Obama administration for refusing to allow U.S. money to go into training or equipping Pakistani army units that have committed gross human rights violations, during military operations against Al Qaeda and other militant groups. For the first time since 2001, when the United States began to pour billions of U.S. tax payer dollars into Pakistan to fight extremists, a law that requires the U.S.

26 Aug 2010 description

Dawn Calabia's blog

Five years after Hurricane Katrina tore through the Gulf Coast, destroying homes and leaving people desperate for food and shelter, we are witnessing similar scenes of destruction coming out of Pakistan.

19 Aug 2010 description

Refugees International is glad to see that the U.S. will dramatically increase its aid to Pakistan to $150 million. Given the gravity of the situation, it is vital that more money be channeled into protecting the displaced and the other flood-affected victims.

According the UN, the flooding has affected 14 million people, destroyed or damaged nearly 900,000 homes and left tens of millions of people displaced. Many families have been separated in the ensuring chaos.

12 Aug 2010 description

Torrential rains in Pakistan have affected as many as 14 million people, and new waves of flooding could impact hundreds of thousands more. The scale of the crisis is so devastating that no one country can deal with it. The United Nations has launched an appeal calling for $460 million. The US has already pledged a total of $55 million to help flood victims. Refugees International hopes that the US will continue to show leadership among donors, and is asking other governments to show their generosity in meeting their appeal.

03 Aug 2010 description

Mon, 08/02/2010 - 15:33

Torrential rains over the past week in Pakistan have displaced hundreds of thousands, and left a devastating toll in the country's northwest as well as parts of Balochistan and Punjab provinces. Authorities estimate that more than 1,100 people are dead, while 1.5 million people have been affected by the disaster. The government has mobilized the army to rescue stranded families, and distribute clean water, food and shelter to those who have lost their homes.

02 Aug 2010 description

Torrential rains leading to floods in Pakistan have displaced hundreds of thousands of people. This new emergency has just occurred a week after the United States Congress passed the Supplemental Appropriations Act of 2010, which, amongst other initiatives, gives funding to refugees and displaced people in Pakistan and elsewhere. This money will make a real difference to victims in humanitarian crises.

28 Jul 2010 description

Wed, 07/28/2010 - 16:55

Washington, D.C. -Refugees International applauded Congress today for voicing concern that US money may be funding Pakistani security forces that have allegedly committed gross human rights violations. In the Combined Supplemental Appropriations Act of Fiscal Year 2010 that passed Tuesday July 27, 2010, Congress affirmed the US Governments commitment to monitor Pakistani security forces that receive U.S. funding .

04 May 2010 description

Two weeks ago there was a devastating attack in an Internally Displaced Persons (IDP) camp in Pakistan. A suicide bomber blew himself up as displaced families lined up to receive assistance. A few minutes later another bomber detonated his explosives in the middle of the crowd that had gathered. More than 40 people were killed and approximately 70 injured.

05 Apr 2010 description

Washington, DC - U.S. assistance should not be provided to Pakistani military units that have committed gross human rights abuses, a Refugees International field report said today.

04 Jan 2010 description

The crises and problems that Refugees International tackles are daunting. Yet, in 2009 progress was made that directly eases the burdens of people who are forced to flee their homes.

10 Dec 2009 description

Refugees International hosted its eighth annual Washington Circle event, Protect People First: Eyewitness Reports from Afghanistan and Pakistan, last Friday in front of a captivated Georgetown audience with one message --- make civilians the priority.

The event featured Pulitzer Prize winning journalist and author of The Forever War, Dexter Filkins, who shared his photos and stories collected from Afghanistan and Pakistan during the course of a decade serving as the foreign correspondent there for The …