To learn more about refugees and the process of resettlement:



UNHCR (United Nations High Commissioner of Refugees) is the international body charged with managing the flow and protection of those who are seeking asylum across a border, having fled from violence, persecution, war or disaster.


Cultural Orientation Resource Center

Refugee backgrounders are publications produced by the Cultural Orientation Center that provide key information about various refugee populations. These Refugee Backgrounders and Culture Profiles include a population’s history, culture, religion, language, education and resettlement needs, and brief demographic information.


Refugee Council USA

Sign up to get on their weekly list serve that provides critical weekly news stories from around the world having to do with refugees. The Refugee Council USA (RCUSA), established in 2000, is a coalition of U.S. non-governmental organizations focused on refugee protection. RCUSA provide advocacy on issue affecting the rights of refugees, asylum seekers, displaced persons, victims of trafficking, and victims of torture in the United States and across the world. The coalition also served as the principal consultative forum for the national refugee resettlement and processing agencies as they formulate common positions, conduct their relations with U.S. government and other partners, and support and enhance refugee standard services.


Welcoming America & Welcoming Refugees

National, award-winning organization, begun as a small grassroots gathering of people and now the recognized leader of providing communities tools and resources to become places of cultural competence and effective welcome to refugees and immigrants. Outstanding public education and messaging information.


Massachusetts Immigrant and Refugee Advocacy Coalition (MIRA)

MIRA is the largest organization in New England promoting the rights and integration of immigrants and refugees through policy analysis and advocacy, institutional organizing, training and leadership development, strategic communications, citizenship assistance and AmeriCorps initiatives that provide capacity-building for community-based organizations.


Catholic Legal Immigration Network

Located in Washington, D.C, Clinic is one of the largest national advocacy groups on immigrant and refugee issues in the country.


White House Task Force

A Report published by the White House Task Force “Strengthening Communities By Welcoming All Residents,”  which outlines strategies for comprehensive integration for refugees and immigrants: