Press Room

Welcome to the USA for UNHCR Press Room. Here, you can read our latest press releases and media alerts.

Recent Press

March 19, 2013

New Senior Leadership Joins USA for UNHCR
USA for UNHCR welcomes three new board members and appoints Gregory Wangerin as Executive Director.

December 12, 2012

The UN refugee agency thanks the United States for generous humanitarian aid
The U.S. Government has generously pledged $125 million to support UNHCR’s lifesaving work in 2013.

December 10, 2012

UNHCR urges the United States to strengthen its fight against statelessness
The UN refugee agency and the Open Society Justice Initiative are jointly appealing to the U.S. Government to take further action to end the hardships facing stateless people in the United States.

December 3, 2012

UNHCR Partners with Lady Antebellum on LadyAid
Philanthropic effort will bring awareness to and generate support for children in need locally, nationally and globally.

September 18, 2012

Somalia’s Hawa Aden Mohamed wins 2012 Nansen Refugee Award
Annual award given to founder and director of the Galkayo Education Centre for Peace and Development (GECPD) in recognition of her exceptional, tireless and inspiring humanitarian work for Somalia’s refugee and displaced girls and women.

September 5, 2012 South Sudan Refugee Crisis Worsening; Pierre and Pam Omidyar Contribute to UNHCR’s Emergency Efforts
UNHCR announced a generous gift of $500,000 from the Omidyars, dedicated to the South Sudan/Sudan emergency funding appeal.
August 22, 2012

UNHCR honors humanitarian aid workers, praises donors for contributions to lifesaving humanitarian action
The U.S. Representative for the United Nations refugee agency (UNHCR), Vincent Cochetel, thanked humanitarian workers and donors for consistently and generously contributing to the lifesaving needs of vulnerable persons around the world.

August 21, 2012

UNHCR deplores murder of Clover Graham, Honorary Liaison in Jamaica
Clover, a dedicated volunteer whose spirit exemplified humanitarianism, worked with UNHCR on refugee and asylum rights in Jamaica since 1998. UNHCR is saddened by the loss of Clover and her tireless and generous spirit.

August 14, 2012 JAMA Article Highlights Need for Urban Refugee Healthcare Options
UN High Commissioner for Refugees argues that traditional responses to the healthcare needs of refugees are no longer adequate and new, innovative approaches are required.
July 4, 2012 South Sudanese Supermodel Alek Wek Travels Home
Sudanese supermodel and refugee advocate, Alek Wek, travels home with the UN Refugee Agency (UNHCR) to spread a message of peace and hope.
April 27, 2012 UNHCR and KOFAVIV Care for Rape Victims in Haiti
Two videos featured on CNN illustrate the dangers women in Haiti face and the great need for UNHCR and organizations like our partner KOFAVIV to continue to develop protection programs for women and girls.
April 20, 2012  

Media Advisory - South Sudan: A Story of Hope and Crisis 
Leading South Sudan advocates and policy experts gathered for a panel discussion on the humanitarian crisis and development and health initiatives in the newest nation in Africa, South Sudan.

January 30, 2012 Indianapolis Colt Dwight Freeney Raises Awareness for Horn of Africa in Upcoming Television Appearances
Dwight Freeney of the Indianapolis Colts pledged to help raise awareness and donations for the on-going crisis in the Horn of Africa.
January 18, 2012

UNHCR Expresses Deep Concern about the Number of Haitian Deaths at Sea and Involuntary Returns to Haiti
The recent drowning of a number of Haitians in late 2011 is a reminder of the ongoing loss of life as a result of mixed migration in the Caribbean region.

January 11, 2012 UN Refugee Agency Marks 2 Years Since Haiti Earthquake

UNHCR has played an important support role in the aftermath of the quake focusing its efforts in providing emergency relief items and following the emergency phase in providing quake victims with civil documentation and protecting victims of sexual violence.

December 16, 2011

Tele-Press Conference: Iraqi Displacement After the U.S. Military Mission Ends
Leading Iraq and resettlement policy experts hosted a telephone press conference discussing heightened humanitarian and protection concerns for millions of displaced and vulnerable Iraqis as the US withdraws its military from Iraq.

November 10, 2011

National Geographic Society Employees Raise Funds for UN Refugee Agency
Employees of National Geogrpahic donated $7,640 to support relief efforts in Somalia to combat the devesstating drought and famine. 

November 9, 2011

UN Refugee Agency to Commemorate 60th Anniversary at New York Gala
Historic event included dynamic program of speakers and guests who are leading advocates on refugee issues.

October 3, 2011

GridIron Girls 4 Africa, UN Refugee Agency Team Up to Tackle Famine
UN Refugee Agency Partners with women from the world of professional football to support victims of the Horn of Africa Crisis

July 22, 2011

"Refugee Congress" Brings Together Notable Refugees from Around the USA, World
Refugees representing each state joined together at a conference to discuss their experiences & share their views on how to address their concerns.

May 18, 2011  New Survey Finds Americans UNderestimate Extent of Global Displacement
International refugee crisis is unprecedented but not on the public radar.
May 3, 2011

The Western Union Foundation Makes $100,000 Grant to Support UN Refugee Agency's Work in Libya
Foundation continues to be a key supporter of the UN Refugee Agency’s work around the world.

April 18, 2011 Scarcity of Firewood in Refugee Camps Threatens Environment in Developing Countries
Blue Key Campaign for refugees urges Americans to take action.
December 1, 2010 Americans Urged to Speak Out for Refugees:
New Blue Key Campaign addresses growing world displacement crisis