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.
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.
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.
New York Times: Refugees Need a Nation’s Better AngelsSixteen years ago, Sasha Chanoff, founder of RefugePoint, faced a decision that could mean life or death for 144 people. Chanoff, then 29, was working…Oct 2016
Watch: Sasha Chanoff Moderates Panel on Meeting the Needs of the DisplacedWatch RefugePoint‘s Executive Director, Sasha Chanoff, moderate a panel at the Global Philanthropy Forum Conference, entitled: Meeting the Immediate and Long-term Needs of the Displaced.…Apr 2016
Sasha Chanoff of RefugePoint Honored as a Champion of Change at the White HouseSasha Chanoff has worked for two decades in refugee rescue, relief, and resettlement operations in Africa and the United States. He is the founder and…Jul 2015
Sasha Chanoff of RefugePoint Shares his Personal Story on Moth NPR Radio HourMoth NPR Radio Hour invited Sasha Chanoff to share his personal story of his refugee rescue mission to evacuate people who were being massacred in…Feb 2015