Bureaucratic Mess in Juba Puts Millions on Path to Statelessness

By Sarnata Reynolds

The ongoing conflict between the Sudans affects daily life for everyone here, whether through fuel shortages or price inflation. But beyond the conflict zone itself, few have been more affected than the hundreds of thousands of southern Sudanese returning from the north.

Refugees International Roundtable on Climate Displacement

By Dara McLeod

With Robin Bronen, Executive Director,
Alaska Immigration Justice Project

Introduction by Alice Thomas, Climate Displacement
Program Manager, Refugees International

Wednesday, May 2, 2012
12:30 – 2:30 pm
Refugees International
2001 S Street NW, Suite 700
Washington DC (map)

Syria: What If They Can Never Go Home?

By Daryl Grisgraber

A coworker here at RI was recently talking about the emotional impact of being a refugee. There is of course the psychological trauma sparked by conflict or disaster, the fear and uncertainty about how to survive, and often depression or anxiety about the family, friends, or opportunities left behind. But this coworker also mentioned the emotional strength that’s required to face the future as a refugee.

Cartagena Diary, Pt. IV: 19 Years Too Many

By Marc Hanson

Editor's Note: RI Senior Advocate Marc Hanson has been in Cartagena, Colombia, for the Summit of the Americas. This is his final diary entry from the trip, but do check out his first, second, and third entries as well.

Burma: Look to the Locals

By Michael Boyce

Earlier this month, U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton unveiled the next steps America would take in its tit-for-tat rapprochement with Burma. Her announcement followed the (by most accounts) successful Burmese by-elections, in which Aung San Suu Kyi's once-banned political party won 43 of the 45 open seats.

Cartagena Diary, Pt. III: The Colombia Obama Won’t See

By Marc Hanson

Editor's Note: RI Senior Advocate Marc Hanson is in Cartagena, Colombia, this week for the Summit of the Americas. Click here to read his final entry.

Cartagena Diary, Pt. II: Citizen Security Takes Center Stage

By Marc Hanson

Editor's Note: RI Senior Advocate Marc Hanson is in Cartagena, Colombia, this week for the Summit of the Americas. He'll be recording his activities and impressions on our blog throughout the trip. Click here to read Part III.

Cartagena Diary, Pt. I: Food for Thought

By Marc Hanson

Editor's Note: RI Senior Advocate Marc Hanson is in Cartagena, Colombia, this week for the Summit of the Americas. Click here to read his second entry.

Yesterday was consumed by flights (DC to Houston, Houston to Bogota, Bogota to Cartagena) and long delays at the airports in between. This provided plenty of time to occupy the mind with reading.

Nonprofits: Are the Numbers Stacked Against Us?

By Garrett Bradford

Every day is a busy one here at RI. It seems like there are always meetings to run to, little tasks to perform, and endless emails to answer.

So it’s a welcome change to be able to step back from the desk and really think about the big picture: Are we being as efficient as we can be? Are our messages getting to the people who need to hear them? And are we really capitalizing on the energy of our supporters – people like you!

Kuwait: Rearrests of Stateless a Big Step Backward

By Sarnata Reynolds

In early March, the government of Kuwait was taking some positive steps. All stateless bidoun who had been arrested during and after December 2011/January 2012 gatherings were released on bond, while members of parliament were interrogating the prime minister over long-time ill treatment of the bidoun community. It also seemed that the government would finally provide nationality documents to 34,000 bidoun and begin adjudicating at least 80,000 other applications before the parliament’s Bidoun Committee.

Burma: For a Moment, Let's Just Be Happy

By Michael Boyce

Advocacy groups like RI are in the business of trying to make things better. One knock-on effect of that mission is that even when good things happen, we can't relax or rest on our laurels. Instead, we have to go back to work the next day and start pressing for something even better.

But I must confess that even though I work in advocacy, I get irritated by this tendency at times. Every so often, I wish that we could just stop for a moment and take pleasure in the fact that something has gotten better.