Call for Nominations for Volunteer Delegates

Do you know a refugee/former refugee or asylee/asylum seeker who is active in the community and wants to become an even more powerful advocate for refugees/asylees in their state?

Refugee Congress seeks nominations of committed refugee and asylee/asylum seeker leaders to serve as the volunteer Delegate to the Refugee Congress for a term of three years. We currently seek to recruit a Delegate for these states: Alaska, Arkansas, Kansas, Massachusetts, Mississippi, Montana, Oklahoma, Oregon, South Carolina, Vermont, Washington, and West Virginia.

What is the Refugee Congress?

Refugee Congress is a national nonpartisan advocacy organization comprised of refugees, former refugees and asylees/asylum-seekers from each of the 50 states and the District of Columbia.

Our mission is to promote the wellbeing, integration and dignity of all refugees, asylum-seekers and other vulnerable migrants in the U.S. and beyond. We are grateful for the support of our key partners – USA for UNHCR, Church World Service and Refugee Council USA (RCUSA). Learn more about Refugee Congress.

What is the role of a Refugee Congress Delegate?

Delegates represent the Refugee Congress in their state. Delegates are expected to:

  • Speak in public (such as schools, places of worships, rallies, etc.) and in the media to raise awareness about refugee/asylee issues and increase public support for welcoming refugees.
  • Build “champions” for refugees/asylees among their local, state, and national-level elected officials.
  • Mentor new refugee advocates.
  • Respond to/promote Refugee Congress and RCUSA advocacy action alerts with networks in their states.
  • Participate in community/stakeholder meetings to build relationships, network, and share information.
  • Collect information about refugee success stories as well as challenges refugees face in their states.
  • Participate in Refugee Congress monthly calls, training, regional meetings, and committees/caucuses.
  • Uphold the mission and values of Refugee Congress and sign a Commitment/Code of Conduct.

What are the Benefits of Serving as a Refugee Congress Delegate?

Refugee and asylee leaders who serve as a Delegate to the Refugee Congress:

  • Get connected to a network of refugee/asylee advocates around the country.
  • Have access to information and training opportunities to build advocacy, organizing, and communications skills.
  • Receive mentoring from experienced refugee leaders and advocates.

How to Nominate a Refugee or Asylee/Asylum Seeker to Serve as Delegate from Your State

Candidates should be nominated by someone from their state. If you know a qualified candidate in one of the states listed above but do not live in that state, please find someone who does to nominate the candidate.

  1. Submit a Nomination Form. The Nomination Form asks you to upload a brief personal statement from the Nominee. Deadline for Nominations: July 22, 2020.
  2. Ask the Nominee to prepare a brief (one page or less) personal statement describing their story of arrival, how they are involved in the community and why they would like to serve as a Delegate.

Refugee Congress aims to represent the diverse populations of refugees and asylees resettled in the U.S. We seek a diversity of candidates in terms of race and ethnicity, age, gender/gender identity, sexual orientation, as well as educational and professional backgrounds.

Questions? Contact: Nili Yossinger, National Director, Refugee Congress, 202-905-6238