Model & Strategy

RefugePoint aims to revolutionize solutions for refugees. They do this by increasing access to existing slots for permanent and legal resettlement to the US, Canada, Australia and other countries where refugees have a pathway to residency and citizenship and by helping refugees settle and lead dignified lives in countries of first asylum. RefugePoint’s holistic model for serving urban refugees to Nairobi is designed to facilitate self-reliance and is leading the field with replicable practices and measurement tools. Resettlement successes include expanding access to unserved or underserved locations; creating a model for how NGOs partner with UNHCR; and better ensuring that vulnerable minors are prioritized in resettlement programs.

At a Glance
Founded: 2005
Social Justice
Location of work: International, Africa
Refugepoint
689 Massachusetts Avenue, 2nd floor
Cambridge, MA 02139
A lifeline for forgotten refugees
Meet Sasha Chanoff

Before founding RefugePoint, Sasha Chanoff consulted with the Office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees in Kenya and worked with the International Organization for Migration throughout Africa, identifying refugees in danger, undertaking rescue missions and working on refugee protection issues with the United States, Canada, Australia and other governments. He is an Echoing Green Fellow, Ashoka Fellow and a 2010 recipient of the Charles Bronfman Humanitarian Prize and the Harvard Gleitsman International Activist Award. In 2015, Sasha was honored at the White House as a World Refugee Day Champion of Change.

IMPACT

RefugePoint has worked in 48 locations across 26 countries and directly enabled 37,525 refugees to access resettlement to the US, Canada, Australia and other nations.

In 2016, RefugePoint directly referred 5,151 refugees for resettlement, trained 572 partner staff, and helped the US government resettle 84,994 refugees in total. In addition, the organization has provided services to more than 10,086 refugees in Nairobi.

  • RT @Deomwano1: It took my family only 2 years before resettling. Most refugees today spend 17-25 years in a refugee camp. Check out my late…
  • RT @RCUSA_DC: Happiest #WordRefugeeDay! Enjoy this uplifting video made by an elementary school principal in Wyoming...who also happens to…
  • RT @RCUSA_DC: This #WRD2018, we celebrate the diversity and resiliency #refugees bring to our communities! #RefugeesWelcome
  • Becca Heller - Dispelling the Myths About Refugees in the Trump Era - Extended Interview https://t.co/KX4bEV3AeG vi… https://t.co/KTAE4Ye5j7
  • After fleeing civil war in the DRC, Jean-Pierre and his family sought safety in Nairobi. Jean-Pierre attended a Ref… https://t.co/bZu6oaSsb4
  • Julie, a #refugee from DRC, recently attended a crafts training, run by a fellow RefugePoint client, during which s… https://t.co/KmLOUopwqX
  • RT @Refugees: 16.2 million people were forced to flee in 2017. 44,400 people ever single day. 🗓️ 1 person every 2 seconds. ⏱️ UNHCR Global…
  • RT @RefugeesMedia: Statement by UN High Commissioner for Refugees, Filippo Grandi on World Refugee Day 2018 https://t.co/nesMmU2GhP
  • "Estimates vary, but the average length of time a refugee has been displaced is between 10-26 years. The real refug… https://t.co/Uz2GjXIrKX
  • RT @SashaChanoff: When refugee displacement drags on, Self Reliance is the Answer: Beth Ferris writes here: https://t.co/fmX9BGhC1E via @…
  • All people deserve to live in peace. Please help us evacuate refugee children from Libya by spreading the word and… https://t.co/xKeggnbB3W
  • RT @RCUSA_DC: BREAKING: RCUSA refugee arrivals tracker for May 2-14. Another devastating report. We note significant slowing from all regio…
  • Riveting new book tells how UNHCR ambassador Yusra Mardini swam to history : https://t.co/jnT3d6eOgV via @refugees
  • RT @RCUSA_DC: BREAKING: RCUSA arrivals tracker. Only 696 refugees arrived to the US over the past 2-weeks; a significant slow-down in this…
  • RT @RCUSA_DC: Just released: RCUSA's March Report Card. Mid-way through FY18 the Administration has admitted less than a quarter of the 45,…
  • "We need to figure out how we can bring together humanitarians on the ground & businesses & communities interested… https://t.co/KCOy9U9SBN
  • "How do we get companies to see migrants & refugees as an asset & not a challenge? --One of the ways to build trust… https://t.co/SpH8tkKQTt
  • We have to find a new way for humanity to steward our planet and it's resources-and we have to do it quickly. From… https://t.co/oEGw2X7WKS
  • "We are at a new global moral reckoning with #refugees -66 million people displaced-more now than at any time in hi… https://t.co/Bdvi1h6CbU
  • RT @SashaChanoff: Thank you to @sandras_story for sharing your story at @NEIDonors "Systems Thinking as a Response to the Global Refugee Cr…