• Fidel Nshombo, Idaho Delegate, shares journey from Bukavu to Boise
    Fidel Nshombo, Idaho Delegate, shares journey from Bukavu to Boise
  • Wilmot Collins, Montana Delegate, wins mayoral contest in Helena, Montana
    Wilmot Collins, Montana Delegate, wins mayoral contest in Helena, Montana
  • Clara Hart, South Dakota Delegate, Announces run for City Council
    Clara Hart, South Dakota Delegate, Announces run for City Council
  • Fatima Dirie, Utah delegate, featured for her work on Welcoming Week.
    Fatima Dirie, Utah delegate, featured for her work on Welcoming Week.
  • Biar Atem, Nevada Delegate, Pens a powerful op-ed on South Sudan.
    Biar Atem, Nevada Delegate, Pens a powerful op-ed on South Sudan.
  • Delegate Fidel Nshombo featured in the Boise Weekly newspaper.
  • Delegate Clara Hart featured in Argus Leader newspaper
    Delegate Clara Hart featured in Argus Leader newspaper
  • Delegate Wilmot Collins Shares his Story on TEDxTalk.
    Wilmot Collins
  • Delegate Ekhlas Ahmed featured in Glamour Magazine.
    Ekhlas
  • Refugee Congress on the Hill 2016
  • Refugee Congress 2016
  • Group Photo

Refugee Congress is a national advocacy organization comprised of refugees and asylees from each of the 50 states and the District of Columbia. Our mission is to promote the well-being, integration, and dignity of all refugees and asylees in the United States. 

Statement for World Refugee Day 2018

Today, World Refugee Day, the members of Refugee Congress hold in our hearts the more than 25 million refugees worldwide who have been forced to flee their homelands due to war, violence, and persecution.  We observe this day with both fear and hope.  We fear for the safety of refugees and asylum seekers worldwide and especially the families seeking asylum at the U.S.- Mexico borders.  Yet we gain hope from the many public officials, faith and civic leaders, and others who are speaking out to ensure our country will continue to be a place of welcome.  As resettled refugees, we have experienced the warmth and generosity of neighbors from all walks of life who have welcomed us and made us feel at home.  In turn, we have given back – contributing our talents and time to make our communities stronger and more vibrant.  As refugees and asylees, we know better than anyone that no one chooses to be a refugee.  We know first-hand the trauma that comes with being torn from family and community.  We know that our resilience is our strength.  Today, on World Refugee Day, we urge our elected officials to show the world the best of who we are as Americans.

Delegate Spotlight: Fidel Nshombo

Fidel Nshombo returned to Democratic Republic of Congo for the first time in 20 years. He traveled to his hometown of Bukavu last year to connect with family he hadn’t seen since he was 12. Fidel took with him good wishes as well as donations from his Boise friends. After his visit, Nshombo is determined to find ways to help the Bukavu community.



USA for UNHCR

Refugee Congress is grateful to our new funding partner, USA for UNHCR, whose support has made this gathering possible. You can support the Refugee Congress and refugees worldwide by supporting USA for UNHCR. www.unrefugees.org/donate