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
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.


RefugePoint has worked in 48 locations across 26 countries and directly enabled 48,008 refugees to access resettlement to the US, Canada, Australia, and other nations. In 2018, RefugePoint directly referred 3,187 refugees for resettlement and trained 686 partner staff. Resettlement experts completed 608 Best Interest Assessments/Best Interest Determinations (BIAs/BIDs) and reviewed 938 BIAs/BIDs on behalf of children.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 2018, RefugePoint provided services to more than 10,000 refugees in Nairobi with a focus on self-reliance protection. RefugePoint stabilized 437 clients and graduated 571 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.

In September 2018, RefugePoint formally launched the Refugee Self-Reliance Initiative, a global movement that aims to reach more than 5M refugees in five years with self-reliance programming and spark a change in the refugee response paradigm.