Chicago Refugee Center

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The Chicago Refugee Center is a Chicago-based organization that is designed to help refugees in the Chicago area. It is currently in the establishing phase and its founders hope to provide efficient service shortly. Once it is fully established, the Center will focus its activities on three major areas:

 1. Advocacy for refugees
 2. International human rights policy
 3. Local coordination between the Center and other refugee relief agencies

Advocacy for refugees:
The Center intends to provide legal representation to individuals in Chicago and throughout the Midwest who are seeking refuge or asylum.
The Center intends also to provide legal training for area law students and practitioners interested in refugee/asylum law.

International human rights policy
The Center will provide a forum for academics, students, and practitioners to formulate and advocate national and international refugee and human rights policy.

The Center will work with organizations that provide services to immigrants and refugees.


Relevant immigration laws  - Immigration and Nationality Act of 1990

Relevant refugee laws

Refugee forms for filing

Executive orders on refugees

Congressional testimony regarding refugees


Following is a list of available media links regarding refugees in the US:

CNN latest news

Kosovo crises center


Following is a list of links to related websites that can be of help for refugees in the US:

- Institutes:

Refugee Studies Center at the University of Minnesota, Twin Cities
Associated Catholic Charities, DC Refugee Service Center, Washington DC

- Organizations:

American Immigration Center
 American Refugee Committee - nonprofit, nonsectarian, humanitarian organization working for the survival, health, and
                 well-being of refugees and displaced persons affected by war.

Intercultural Mutual Assistance Association (IMAA) - refugee and immigrant service organization providing opportunities
                for "those who have come before to lend a helping hand to those who have recently arrived."
International Refugee Center of Oregon - nonprofit organization providing multicultural social and employment services
                to immigrants and refugees.
International Rescue Committee - providing relief, protection, and resettlement services for refugees and victims of oppression
                or violent conflict.
                - IRC-Atlanta
National Network for Immigrant and Refugee Rights
New York Association for New Americans - resettlement agency offers information for immigrants and refugees, immigration
                policy updates, answers to legal questions, and services for employers.

Refugee Voices - promotes public understanding of refugees in the U.S. and facilitates the ability of U.S. citizens to get involved
                with refugees in their local communities.
Refugees International - independent organization providing early warning in crises of mass exodus
                and serving as an advocate of refugees.
U.S. Committee for Refugees - nonprofit organization that defends the rights of refugees, asylum seekers, and displaced persons
United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR)

USA for UNHCR - builds support in the United States for the humanitarian work of United Nations High Commission
                for Refugees and its partners.

- other Humanitarian Organizations:

Amnesty International
Disaster Relief
Human Rights Watch
Inter Action
Medecins Sans Frontieres
United Nations links
DIANA International Human Rights Database (Yale)