About USA for UNHCR

Established by concerned American citizens, USA for UNHCR is a non-profit organization, headquartered in Washington, D.C. USA for UNHCR’s mission is to protect refugees and empower them with hope and opportunity. USA for UNHCR stands with refugees in their greatest time of need — from emergency or crisis through the months and years that many are displaced. We give refugees the hope they deserve, restore their dignity and help them rebuild their lives.


The Office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR), also known as the UN Refugee Agency, is the world’s leading organization aiding and protecting people forced to flee their homes due to violence, conflict and persecution. UNHCR provides shelter, food, water, medical care and other lifesaving assistance to refugees around the world.

Since its formation by the United Nations General Assembly in 1950, UNHCR has helped an estimated 50 million refugees restart their lives and has twice received the Nobel Peace Prize.