|Founded||1979 by Sue Morton in Washington, DC.|
|Key people||Dr. Michel Gabaudan, President|
|Area served||Central African Republic, Colombia, Democratic Republic of Congo, Mali, Myanmar, Somalia, South Sudan, Syria|
|Method(s)||Media attention,advocating,research through missions to locations of displacement|
|Motto||Advocating for lifesaving assistance and protection for displaced people and promotes solutions to displacement crises.|
Refugees International is an independent humanitarian organization that advocates for better support for displaced people (including refugees and internally displaced people) and stateless people. It does not accept any United Nations or government funding. Refugees International's advocacy addresses needs in resources and policy changes by government and UN agencies that improve conditions for refugees and displaced people. Some notable board members include Queen Noor, John Danforth, Matt Dillon, Sam Waterston as well as past members as George Soros and Richard Holbrooke. The organization is based in Washington, D.C. with offices also located in New York City and London.
Refugees International advocates for lifesaving assistance and protection for displaced people and promotes solutions to displacement crises.
Refugees International was founded by Sue Morton in 1979 as a citizens’ movement to protect Indochinese refugees. It grew to expand its scope beyond Southeast Asia in 1990 and advocated for protection for Liberian refugees in Guinea and Kuwaitis in the Iraq-Jordan desert. Today, Refugees International conducts around 15 field missions to identify displaced people’s needs for basic services such as food, water, health care, housing, access to education and protection from harm. Based on their field findings in humanitarian emergencies, they advocate to policy makers and aid agencies to improve the lives of displaced people around the world and urge the strategic benefits of a continuation of United States funding for foreign aid. The organization currently focus their work on displacement crises in and around Colombia, Democratic Republic of Congo, Mali, Myanmar, Somalia, South Sudan, and Syria.
Refugees International does not accept any government or UN funding allowing their advocates to be independent. Rather, RI leverages donations from individuals, foundations and corporations.
- Michel Gabaudan, president since September 2010; previously served in the Office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees as the Regional Representative for the United States and the Caribbean.
- Dan Glickman, was president for only three months, from April 1, 2010, until June 2010, when he resigned; former United States Secretary of Agriculture, U.S. Representative, Chairman/CEO of the Motion Picture Association of America
- Kenneth Bacon, became president in 2001 and led the organization until he died in August 2009
- Lionel Rosenblatt, a former U.S. State Department desk officer for Asia - first president; still serves as president emeritus
- "Opinion piece by Refugee International President in Washington DC Newspaper the Hill". www.thehill.com. Retrieved 2011-08-01.
- "http://www.politico.com/news/stories/0311/50506.html#ixzz1FXvjVZBn". www.politico.com. Retrieved 2011-08-01.
- Dan Glickman leaves Refugees International after only three months