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
Founder & Executive Director: Sasha Chanoff
Social Justice
Location of work: International, Africa
RefugePoint
Cambridge, MA
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 59,000 refugees to access resettlement to the US, Canada, Australia, and other nations. In 2019, RefugePoint directly referred about 4,000 refugees for resettlement and trained about 1,500 partner staff. Resettlement experts completed about 930 Best Interest Assessments/Best Interest Determinations (BIAs/BIDs) and reviewed about 1,050 BIAs/BIDs on behalf of children.

In 2019, RefugePoint provided services to more than 10,000 refugees in Nairobi with a focus on self-reliance programming. RefugePoint stabilized more than 530 clients and graduated more than 350 from their core program with secure households, stable livelihoods, and a good path forward. Through their direct services, the Nairobi office has evolved to become a model of self-reliance and is leading the field in thought leadership.

Since 2016, RefugePoint has brought together a community of refugee-serving organizations to promote self-reliance programming for all refugees globally. As co-leaders of the Refugee Self-Reliance Initiative, RefugePoint led a collaborative process to create the Self-Reliance Index, the first holistic measurement tool to track a refugee household’s progress toward self-reliance. The Index will be launched globally in 2020 and will align the entire humanitarian field in the pursuit of expanding self-reliance programming for refugees.

  • “What I've learned will help me in life.” Due to the ongoing challenges of #COVID19, our Livelihoods team in Nairo… https://t.co/z4lr8IBNjN
  • RT @RESCUEorg: Refugee resettlement is not only a lifesaving program, it also enriches the US economy, enhances national security & improve…
  • Last year, our team gathered virtually w/ 100+ supporters & friends to celebrate RefugePoint's 15th anniversary 🥳… https://t.co/Z6D5j30w5B
  • Access to financial services, like bank accounts, helps #refugees to cope with shocks, reduces exposure to risk, an… https://t.co/czD8I4TpYA
  • “Being approved told me that our story really mattered. It told me that there is still hope. You should pursue your… https://t.co/UlOC5zkYax
  • “Before they left, we had a discussion about snow and all the beautiful things they'd experience." Check out our n… https://t.co/vU2XFLhJrL
  • 🗓️ Join us March 2 @ 12pm EST for a discussion on how we can tailor resettlement efforts to the unique skills of in… https://t.co/OZdIjG3GlR
  • RT @JVSBoston: 🗓️3/2 @ 12 PM - A Stranger No More: Refugee Resettlement 2.0 Join @jvboston & @RefugePt for a discussion on how we can tail…
  • "Now we want to help and give back." Torbertha is one of the thousands of #refugees and #immigrants working on the… https://t.co/yXvUC3mezz
  • “I like science & I want to become a scientist." The @MalalaFund estimates 50% of all #refugee girls in secondary… https://t.co/StXbiuMZsb
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  • "We're the only country w/ the expertise to resettle these children, so there's a moral imperative for the U.S. to… https://t.co/6YaGMCWnQB
  • RT @TCBprize: 👏Bravo to our laureate @SashaChanoff for this forceful, optimistic piece on @POTUS' Exec Order to reconstruct the US resettle…
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  • Join our Executive Director @SashaChanoff on Tuesday, March 2nd @ 12pm EST for a discussion on tailoring resettleme… https://t.co/Wp1DhGNJV2
  • RT @JVSBoston: Join @JVSBoston and @RefugePt for a discussion on tailoring resettlement efforts to the unique skills of individual refugees…
  • RT @Refugees: From Malaysia to Ecuador, refugees are making masks to help protect the world against COVID-19. 😷
  • "When you think of workers on the frontline, #refugees are there. Refugees around the world represent one of the gr… https://t.co/NsHrHKUC46