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:
Refugee Studies Center
at the University of Minnesota, Twin Cities
Associated Catholic Charities, DC Refugee Service Center, Washington DC
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.
Assistance Association (IMAA) - refugee and immigrant service organization
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.
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:
Human Rights Watch
Medecins Sans Frontieres
United Nations links
DIANA – International Human Rights Database (Yale)