2022 Annual Report

Raising Hope Amid Rising Displacement

© UNHCR/Maciej Moskwa
Eight-year-old Anastasia Kulchyckiy waits at the Medyka crossing point for a bus to the nearby town of Przemysl with her father Mykolay, 51, and her brothers Mihailo, 14, and Dmytriy, 17 after arriving from Ukraine. Medyka is the largest crossing point for refugees from Ukraine. Most need a place to pause, regroup and recover before moving on to other cities in Poland or beyond. ; By 21 March, more than 10 million people had been forced to flee their homes because of the war in Ukraine, many displaced inside the country and more than 3 million as refugees abroad. Within three weeks, arrivals in Poland passed the 2 million mark. UNHCR has been working with national authorities, local administrations, municipalities and civil society to cope with the influx.

Letter from our Leadership

; Goodwill Ambassador Maya Ghazal travels with UNHCR, the UN Refugee Agency, to Jordan

Dear Supporter,

The invasion of Ukraine by the Russian Federation captured the attention of every 24-hour news network and ushered the global refugee crisis to the front page of newspapers across the country. While we watched in shock and horror as the war in Ukraine unfolded, an extraordinary thing happened — caring people stepped forward and chose to act with compassion and love for the families fleeing.

In 2022, USA for UNHCR welcomed 144,000 new refugee champions, raising a record amount of money to provide support and care to refugees around the world. Support came from all directions: celebrities activated the power of their social media channels to raise millions of dollars; corporate partners stepped up with financial and material support and harnessed the power of their employee-giving programs; and caring individuals from all over the United States opened their hearts and gave with love.

The collective response to the crisis in Ukraine was not only inspiring for the amount of money raised and the number of new refugee supporters welcomed but the response marks a new chapter in how we can collectively help forcibly displaced families find safety and hope to build a better life for themselves.

Globally, there are more than 100 million people who have been forced to flee their homes because of war, persecution and, increasingly, the impact of climate change. Behind the monolithic statistics are 100 million stories of courage, anguish and loss that may not reach the front page of a newspaper, but deserve our compassion and care.

In this report, you will see that compassion for refugees is very much alive in the U.S. – and what a dedicated, collective response to the global refugee crisis can look like.

At USA for UNHCR we aspire to a world without refugees. It’s a grand idea and it will take creativity, dedication, innovation and collective action to achieve.

We can’t think of a better community to dream big with.

Mark Wallace Signature of Mark Wallace
Mark Wallace

Chair, Board of Directors

Suzanne Ehlers Signature of Suzanne Ehlers
Suzanne Ehlers

Executive Director and CEO

© UNHCR/Jordi Matas
Refugees from Ukraine stop at the border as they cross from Slovenia into Italy. A young refugee plays with a balloon inside the minibus his family travelled in. ; An estimated 11,000 refugees from Ukraine have arrived in Italy since 5 March, mostly in buses, vans and private cars. Refugees have told UNHCR they are travelling to Italy to join family members or friends already in the country. © UNHCR/Dario Bosio

Ukraine Emergency

Since the start of the Russian invasion of Ukraine on February 24, 2022, the country has been the site of destruction and devastation on a dramatic scale. The invasion created the fastest and one of the largest displacements of people since the Second World War. In the initial days of the war, more than 200,000 refugees a day crossed into neighboring countries. By mid-year 2022, 6.3 million Ukrainians remained displaced within their country while some 5.4 million Ukrainian refugees were forced to flee to nearby European countries.

When the war began, the global community, including our compassionate donors and partners, immediately sprang into action and joined together in solidarity with displaced families. Through incredible acts of kindness and empathy, UNHCR, the UN Refugee Agency, was able to rapidly scale up its presence and provide immediate aid, protection, hope and relief to displaced Ukrainians.

Internally Displaced
people inside Ukraine reached with emergency relief items, shelter support, cash assistance and protection
people benefitted from protection assistance, advice and referrals
people have received cash assistance

Yemen, Ukraine, Syria, Myanmar, the list of places is too long. More importantly, the horrors people are enduring should not be happening. Together, we can make it a little better.

Mort P. – Livonia, MI

2022 at a Glance

The year 2022 was historic. The full-scale war in Ukraine, devastating climate events in the Horn of Africa and protracted conflict in Afghanistan, Yemen, Syria and Bangladesh pushed the number of people forced to flee over the staggering milestone of 100 million for the first time on record.

While humanitarian needs and displacement rose dramatically in the past year, so too did the unprecedented levels of support. UNHCR provided lifesaving assistance in active emergencies in 32 different countries including newly declared emergencies in 25 countries.

During a year marked by more suffering and displacement than anyone could have predicted, our extraordinary partners, supporters, and private and public donors helped to ensure we could reach the people who needed us most, at the time they needed it most.

© UNHCR/Viola E. Bruttomesso
Refugee Crisis

Central America

The North of Central America, a region including El Salvador, Guatemala and Honduras, is one of the most dangerous places on earth. Everyday, the threat of gang violence, extortion, persecution and sexual violence force countless people to cross borders in search of safety and a better life elsewhere.


There are more than 1.3 million refugees, asylum-seekers and internally displaced people from Central America and Mexico.


Central America and Mexico host more than 818,000 refugees, asylum-seekers and internally displaced people.


There are nearly 237,000 Nicaraguan refugees and asylum-seekers globally, with 95 percent of them being asylum-seekers.

© UNHCR/Daniela Camargo Two Venezuelan children participating in World Refugee Day commemoration in Barranquilla. The event included cultural activities and a presentation of recycled products created by refugees, migrants and local community members. All activities were led by UNHCR and Pastoral Social Barranquilla. ; On June 2022, UNHCR, partners and persons of concern commemorated World Refugee Day in Barranquilla. Activities carried out during this day included dance, rap, and a presentation of recycled products. The purpose of this event was to promote integration between refugees and migrants by showcasing their positive contribution to local host communities.
Humanitarian Crisis


Venezuela is the second largest country of origin of displaced people in the world. More than 7.1 million Venezuelan refugees, migrants and asylum-seekers have fled their homes to escape violence, insecurity and lack of food, medicine and essential services. During the first six months of 2022, a record 49,000 crossings were made across the Darien Gap, one of the world’s most dangerous refugee and migrant routes marking the border between Colombia and Panama. Venezuelans made up a majority of the crossings, followed by Haitians.


More than 7.1 million Venezuelan refugees, migrants and asylum-seekers have been forced to flee their homes; more than 84 percent are hosted in countries in Latin America and the Caribbean.


Colombia hosts the second largest number of refugees and other people in need of protection globally, with a total of 2.5 million Venezuelans.


New asylum applications in the Americas region increased by 146 percent compared to the same period last year, with a majority — nearly 107,000 claims — lodged by Venezuelans.

© UNHCR/Hamzeh Al-Momani Kids going to school in Azraq camp while temperature hits 45+ with the beginning of summer season. ; Eight years since its establishment, Azraq camp is a home for 40K refugees.
Refugee and IDP Crisis


After more than a decade of violent conflict, the Syrian refugee crisis is more protracted than ever with Syrians making up the largest refugee population globally. The continued instability in Syria has driven several hundred thousand people from their homes. In the first six months of 2022, the number of Syrian refugees decreased slightly since the conflict began in 2011.


There were more than 6.8 million Syrians hosted by 130 countries by mid-2022.


An estimated 6.8 million Syrians remain internally displaced; the number of IDPSs slightly decreased by mid-2022 compared with the end of the previous year.

1 in 5

More than 1 in 5 refugees are Syrian, accounting for 21 percent of all refugees globally.

© UNHCR/Rasheed Hussein Rasheed Girls playing with snow outside their shelter at Essian IDP camp near Duhok in Kurdistan Region of Iraq. ; This year (2022) low temperature drops have been recorded in Iraq, with temperatures dropping to subzero reaching -8 Celsius in several provinces in the northern mountainous regions in Kurdistan Region of Iraq. Extreme cold has been witnessed in some IDP camps, making it very difficult and unbearable for those most vulnerable, as there is nothing but thin walls or sometimes plastic sheets to protect them from the severe cold. In the last few days, the government announced public holidays on more than one occasion and schools were closed to protect children from the elements. More snowstorms are expected in the coming weeks, amid very low temperature. UNHCR distributed cash assistance for fuel and other emergent needs, to help the most vulnerable refugees and IDP families prepare for winter and purchase fuel for heating but as temperatures continue to drop more help is needed.
Refugee and IDP Crisis


Iraq is transitioning from an emergency toward recovery and development while still facing a complex political and security environment. The security situation is still unpredictable, and protection risks for refugees, IDPs, IDP returnees and stateless people remain acute.


At least 5 million formerly displaced Iraqis have returned home, but many continue to live in substandard conditions.


Some 1.2 million Iraqis remain internally displaced.


More than 433,000 IDPs and IDP returnees lack at least one key civil document.

© UNHCR/Ahmed Al-Mayadeen AbdulKareem, 3 years old, young displaced child, his father Abdullah and his family one of the beneficiaries who received cash for shelter maintenance in their site. ;
Refugee and IDP Crisis


After years of devastating conflict, Yemen remains one of the world’s worst humanitarian crises. More than 23 million people depend on humanitarian assistance to survive and the country has the fourth-largest IDP population in the world. The country is on the brink of famine, with 80 percent of Yemenis living below the poverty line and 3.8 million IDPs estimated to be highly food insecure.


Some 23.4 million Yemenis (73 percent of the total population) depend on humanitarian assistance to survive.


Yemen has one of the largest IDP populations in the world with 4.3 million internally displaced Yemenis.


Yemen is host to 97,018 refugees and asylum-seekers (mainly Somalis and Ethiopians).

© UNHCR/Helen Ngoh Displaced women learn to make crafts using beads Yaounde. 'I teach others because I see a lot of young girls, some young mothers who have nothing to do, and who have no work. So, if we can work together, we can produce a lot of articles to sell to a wide market.' - Zainabou Abou, 33, is a Central African refugee who teaches women in Cameroon's capital Yaounde, to make crafts using beads. ; Zeinabou fled the Central African Republic in 2014, when lootings, rapes and beheadings spread to her neighborhood in Bangui. She was sheltered by a friend in Cameroon’s capital city Yaounde, a nun who taught her how to use beads to make all kinds of crafts. Years later, she has turned her craft making into a lucrative business and shares her skills with anyone who is ready to learn.
Refugee and IDP Crisis

Central African Republic

The Central African Republic has struggled with armed conflict and instability for many years. The most recent surge of violence in December 2020 forcibly displaced nearly one-third of the country’s 4.9 million people.


More than 1.4 million people, of the Central African Republic’s 4.9 million population, have been forcibly displaced within and across its borders.


A large number of returns were recorded in the country with nearly 273,000 IDPs returning home by mid-2022.


The Central African Republic saw nearly 194,000 new displacements within the country by mid-2022, triggered by continued violence and insecurity.

© UNHCR/Colin Delfosse Nigerian refugees Zeinabu Issufa, 63, Soule Adiasa, 40, and Baki Sahadou, 45, weave straw mats in Chadakori “village of opportunity” near Maradi in southern Niger, where refugees are being relocated to ensure their safety and ease pressure on host communities in the border area. More than 13,000 refugees have arrived in Maradi since 1 January 2022. High Commissioner for Refugees Filippo Grandi visited the village during a mission to Niger in February 2022. ; Niger is situated in a geopolitically sensitive area linking the Sahara Desert with the Sahel, and West with Central Africa. The country has become a major hub for mixed movements northwards to Libya, Algeria and the Mediterranean while at the same time witnessing an increasing number of people fleeing from
Nigerien territory.
Refugee and IDP Crisis


The Sahel region of Africa is facing one of the fastest-growing displacement crises in the world. The region comprises Burkina Faso, Mali and Niger—countries where violent insurgencies have driven internal displacement in the hundreds of thousands. More than 2.9 million people have fled violence in the region in the last decade.


More than 2.9 million refugees and internally displaced people across Burkina Faso, Mali and Niger have been forced to flee home.


Food insecurity in the Sahel is causing 1.6 million children to be severely malnourished.


Temperatures in the Sahel region are rising 1.5 times faster than the global average, making the humanitarian situation even worse.

© UNHCR/Charity Nzomo World refugee day celebrations 2022 in Kakuma Camp ; On World Refugee Day, held every year on June 20th, UNHCR commemorates the strength, courage and resilience of millions of refugees. World Refugee Day is UNHCR's primary opportunity to amplify and engage the public with UNHCR’s global public advocacy campaign, #WithRefugees.

The #WithRefugees campaign expresses solidarity with people forced to flee.
In Kenya, World Refugee Day is marked in Dadaab refugee camp, Kakuma refugee camp and Nairobi.
Refugee and IDP Crisis

South Sudan

South Sudan remains one of the largest refugee situations in Africa. After nearly a decade of conflict and despite efforts toward implementing a peace agreement, South Sudan continues to grapple with sporadic violence, chronic food insecurity and the devastating impact of major flooding.


There were 2.4 million displaced people from South Sudan by mid-2022, making up the fifth largest group of refugees.


Refugees returned home to South Sudan in 2021 despite the humanitarian situation in the country.


Children make up 65 percent of all refugees, making the humanitarian crisis a “children’s crisis."

© UNHCR/Amos Halder Abdul Amin brings his son to the Bhasan Char registration centre, which is providing verification services to the 28,000 Rohingya refugees relocated from the Kutupalong and Teknaf refugee settlements of Cox's Bazar. High Commissioner Filippo Grandi is visiting the centre, which is ready to support 100,000 refugees before December 2022 and will help with registration of births, deaths, marriages, divorces and changes in family composition on an ongoing basis. ; Bangladesh has hosted Rohingya refugees for the past 30 years, as the community has fled waves of persecution in Myanmar since 1992. Today it is host to more than one million refugees, and more than 742,000 of those have fled violence in Myanmar since 25 August 2017.  Some 28,000 refugees have been relocated to Bhasan Char from the Kutupalong and Teknaf settlements of Cox's Bazar. UN agencies, under the leadership of UNHCR, have assessed the needs of these refugees, including registration, protection, health, nutrition, and logistics requirements, and have begun establishing community protection networks and transport, storage and distribution systems on the island.
Refugee Crisis


Since violence broke out in August 2017, more than 1.3 million Rohingya have been displaced from Myanmar and forced to seek refuge elsewhere. In Myanmar, a military takeover in February 2021 ushered a new wave of violence and conflict in the country. By mid-year 2022, an additional 500,000 more Rohingya were displaced. The Rohingya are the world’s largest stateless population.


More than 1.3 million Rohingya have been displaced from Myanmar since 2017, and they remain one of the largest displaced groups globally.


In the first six months of 2022, there were 567,500 new internal displacements within Myanmar.


There were 125,300 IDPs who returned home or were resettled elsewhere in the country in the first half of 2022.

© UNHCR/Oxygen Film Studio (AFG) Female students leave school to go home after the morning session at Lower Sheikh Mesri high school in Jalalabad, Afghanistan. As girls above Year 6 cannot now go to school in Afghanistan, the premises are used for boys only from Year 7 and above in the afternoon. ; Director of External Relations Dominique Hyde visited Afghanistan during a mission to the country in November 2022. UNHCR is targeting support towards 80 Priority Areas of Return and Reintegration, which are home to more than 19 million people. These areas comprise the country’s five main cities, including Jalalabad, plus 75 districts. UNHCR is providing schools, health centres, water projects and roads, and supporting livelihoods projects to help make returns more durable and mitigate future displacements by ensuring localities are more resilient.
Refugee and IDP Crisis


After more than four decades of conflict, the Afghanistan refugee crisis remains one of the largest and most protracted humanitarian and displacement crises. The severe economic situation, high levels of poverty, natural disasters (drought and floods) and the COVID-19 pandemic are contributing to the humanitarian crisis.


Afghanistan has a population of 42 million people; 59 percent of the population or 24.4 million are in need of humanitarian and protection assistance.


An estimated 3.4 million Afghans were displaced internally due to conflict while 2.8 million were refugees in neighboring countries by mid-2022.


More than 700,000 conflict-related displacements have occurred since the beginning of 2021 – 80 percent of them impacted women and children.

© UNHCR/Eduardo Soteras Jalil Khadiya Omar Shire, an internally displaced person due to the drought, is portrayed with her family in the house where she is currently living in Melkadida, Ethiopia.
Refugee and IDP Crisis


Ethiopia is the third largest refugee-hosting country in Africa, generously sheltering hundreds of thousands of refugees from neighboring countries. The ongoing conflict in the Tigray region of Ethiopia is driving millions of people to flee their homes.


UNHCR assisted more than 4.5 million IDPs in Ethiopia by mid-2022.


Ethiopia hosts more than 880,000 refugees, mainly from South Sudan, Somalia, Eritrea and Sudan.


Despite a ceasefire in March 2022, the Tigray region in Ethiopia saw an increase of 854,000 new internal displacements by mid-2022.

© UNHCR/Maciej Moskwa Liubov Suhai, 80, fled her village outside Kyiv on 16 March and is now living with her daughter Larysa in Warsaw.  She registered with UNHCR’s cash assistance programme for refugees on 21 March in Warsaw. UNHCR launched the programme to help refugees from Ukraine meet their basic needs until they receive support from the state. ; By 21 March, more than 10 million people had been forced to flee their homes because of the war in Ukraine, many displaced inside the country and more than 3 million as refugees abroad. Within three weeks, arrivals in Poland passed the 2 million mark. UNHCR has been working with national authorities, local administrations, municipalities and civil society to cope with the influx.
Refugee and IDP Crisis


The war in Ukraine began in February 2022 following the Russian Federation’s invasion of the country. As a result of heavy shelling and fighting, millions of Ukrainians have been driven from their homes and are internally displaced or were forced to cross into neighboring countries in the region including Poland, Hungary, Moldova and other countries across Europe.


The war in Ukraine forced millions of Ukrainians to flee their homes, including 6.3 million people who are internally displaced within the country.


Some 5.4 million Ukrainian refugees remain displaced by mid-year 2022, finding protection primarily in nearby European countries.


Women and children make up approximately 90 percent of people fleeing the war and are at high risk of gender-based violence and sexual exploitation and abuse.

Our Staff

USA for UNHCR is made up of 58 passionate staff members who work across the United States to support refugees every day. Our team works in a hybrid work environment from our offices in Washington, D.C. and New York City. During the COVID-19 pandemic, USA for UNHCR kept team members connected and promoted a welcoming and enriching organizational culture through our Culture Captains initiative.

Culture Captains are a group of staff members who support organization culture by planning team activities, welcoming and onboarding new hires, listening to staff feedback, and supporting Diversity, Equity and Inclusion (DEI) initiatives across the organization.

USA for UNHCR provides safe spaces for staff to learn and unlearn, offers resources and educational content about DEI and invites speakers to facilitate important conversations during key observances. We are dedicated to celebrating and uplifting staff identities while holding space for feedback and reflection on the organization’s own practices.

USA FOR UNHCR: A Great Place to Work

In 2022, USA for UNHCR was recognized as a Great Place to Work® for its strong workplace culture, approachable management and consistent positive experiences of employees. In a survey, 86 percent of USA for UNHCR employees said the organization is a great place to work – nearly 30 percent above the average U.S. company. USA for UNHCR employees feel a great sense of pride in the work they do on behalf of refugees.

The Great Place to Work Recognition is the global authority on workplace culture, employee experience and leadership behaviors based on data compiled from more than 100 million employee engagement surveys around the globe.

Our Values

The six values below represent the best of who we are and who we want to be.



The heads and the hearts of our team members are committed to our mission. It’s not just a commitment, it’s a calling.



We are committed to continuous evolution – finding the best course of action and taking it.



We are open and honest, with each other and with our donors, partners and other stakeholders.

Cutting Edge.

Cutting Edge.

We aspire to be pioneers and find new approaches to connect others with our mission.

Data Driven.

Data Driven.

We analyze data, facts and trends to understand our circumstances, and act on what we learn.

Forward Thinking.

Forward Thinking.

We are outcome-oriented and focused on what’s ahead.

Our Strategic Framework

Our multi-year strategic framework focuses on five goals that are charting the course of USA for UNHCR’s work in today’s complex global environment:

  1. Inspire interest, empathy and action for refugee rights and issues through compelling content and multi-audience engagement.
  2. Elevate results by investing in exceptional programs that catalyze change and make a difference in the lives of refugees.
  3. Enable organizational excellence, sustained growth and a best-in-class donor experience through data analytics, technology and funding.
  4. Bring together high-quality talent and expertise to facilitate novel approaches and lead new ways of thinking to tackle critical refugee issues.
  5. Cultivate the “connective tissue” between private sector opportunities in the refugee market and key partners.
Nyagoa and Nyaguande have been friends since they met at the Kakuma refugee camp's registration center. In the camp, the 16-year-olds attend primary school. Schools in Kakuma provide a secure environment for refugee children to study, prosper, and develop their potential; to build individual and collective resilience; to experience and negotiate peaceful coexistence; and contribute to their society. ; EAC and UNHCR support refugee and IDPs out-of-school children to overcome the multiple and often compounding barriers to education. © UNHCR/Pauline Omagwa
© UNHCR/Mercury Transformations

Investing In Impact for Refugees

USA for UNHCR serves vulnerable people around the world who have been forced to flee their homes because of violence, conflict and persecution. Through the generosity of the American people, we help refugees survive, provide hope for recovery and prepare them for independence in a new and permanent home.

UNHCR staff member comforts two displaced boys who found refuge at the “Your Camp” reception centre for displaced people in a village in the Chernivtsi region in western Ukraine. UNHCR has provided bed linen at the centre which hosts 200 displaced people per day. ; UNHCR has been present in Ukraine since 1994, working closely with the Ukrainian government and civil society in responding to forced displacement. It works closely with local authorities and humanitarian partners. Efforts are focused on protection, shelter, and cash and in-kind assistance. More than 4.5 million refugees have fled to neighbouring countries since the war started on 24 February 2022. Inside the country, more than 7 million people are estimated to have been displaced.


When people are forced to flee they often leave everything behind – their homes, their belongings and sometimes even their loved ones. They embark on dangerous journeys with no guarantee of safety at the end in order to find a safe place to live.

When a new emergency arises, USA for UNHCR is on the ground saving lives and ensuring people’s first needs are met. We do this by providing food, clean water, shelter, medical care, and, most importantly, protection of their rights and dignity.

© UNHCR/Anton Fedorov

I know of no human being who can say their fortune in life has had nothing to do with meaningful interaction and kindness of others.

Susanne H. – Tempe, AZ

Samira Abdi, 28 waits to receive food and treatment for her malnourished children at the Melkadida UNHCR supported food distribution centre in Melkadida.

Refugees, internally displaced people and host community members receive food aid, and malnourished children receive treatment at the UNHCR-supported food distribution centre in Melkadida, Ethiopia. Hundreds of thousands affected by the worst drought in decades and by conflict have been displaced in search of food, shelter and water for their families and livestock. ; Ethiopia hosts more than 878,000 refugees and asylum seekers predominantly from South Sudan, Somalia and Eritrea. The country also has an estimated 4.7 million internally displaced people (IDPs), including nearly 2 million IDP returnees, largely resulting from drought and the ongoing conflict in northern Ethiopia and localized conflicts in different parts of the country. UNHCR provides an emergency response to the different IDP situations and supports the protection needs of refugees.
Horn of Africa

Samira Abdi, a 28-year-old Somali refugee, is waiting at a nutrition center in the Melkadida refugee camp in Ethiopia’s eastern Somali region with her children. A month earlier, all five of her children were diagnosed with malnutrition and were immediately put on a treatment regime that involves being given a high-nutrient supplement and treating related infections.

Consecutive failed rainy seasons across the Horn of Africa have created a devastating drought that has affected millions of people in the region. Refugees, internally displaced people and host community members are receiving food aid and treatment at the UNHCR-supported food distribution center in Melkadida, Ethiopia.

Vulnerable families such as Samira’s are being supported by UNHCR, but they need all the help they can get. “All I think about is how I’m going to feed them,” she said. “Last night, they did not eat. This morning, I gave them some porridge. I have nothing more to give them.”

© UNHCR/Tiksa Negeri
Refugees as well as host community members are work side by side in a cooperation that supports agriculture. 
On the photograph: with blue dress, Mariam Hassan Muse, 43 years old. She came from Somalia because of the drought situation, she left in 2011 with 11 children, three boys and eight girls. She loast all her livestock because of the drought situation in Somalia. Now she is living in a bamboo shelter, life is peacefully she says, but she misses the food they used to have in Somalia. IKEA and UNHCR provided her with training on fuel and energy, agriculture,  the use of the waterpump and fattening animals. She sells the fodder that they produce. I am now self sustainable and the relationship with the host community is very good, thanks to my job, she adds. ; Since 2012, the IKEA Foundation has been working with UNHCR to develop a livelihoods programme in Ethiopia to help improve refugee self-reliance and build a more cohesive society for both refugees and host community members in the region.


A refugee’s journey does not end when they reach a place of safety. Once people get the emergency care and shelter they need, they often need to wait in limbo for a long time — sometimes 20 years — while they find a new home. Life doesn’t stop in that interim: children need education, families need income and dreams need to be restored. USA for UNHCR is always searching for ways to power hope and restore some semblance of normalcy.

© UNHCR/Petterik Wiggers
High Commissioner Filippo Grandi meets Oksana, Yurii and their daughter Svitlana at their destroyed home in Nalyvaikivka, in Kyiv Oblast.  The family was hiding in their underground cold room when the house was hit by two missiles during the Russian invasion. The family is currently living in a UNHCR shelter provided to them after the attack. ; More than 6.2 million people remain internally displaced by the war in Ukraine, with some 20,000 having been evacuated in Kyiv Oblast.  So far in 2022, UNHCR has helped more than 1.5 million people across the country, providing protection services, cash, household items and emergency shelter, with winter support now the focus.

Oksana, a 51-year-old nurse, spent years building her now destroyed house from scratch so her children Svitlana and Oleksandr would have a safe and warm place to call home. “We never had much money to start and to finish the build in one go,” she says. But piece by piece, their dream home was completed.

Everything changed when the war in Ukraine began and her quiet rural village of Nalyvaikivka was struck by shelling. Overnight, Oksana’s dreams were shattered as her home was reduced to rubble. Despite all that has happened, the family has not given up. They have already started to rebuild their beloved home, brick-by-brick with support from UNHCR.

“It was built with love and attention to every little detail,” Oksana explains. “This house was like another child for us, we invested so much care and love into it. All my life is invested in this house.”

© UNHCR/Andrew McConnell


Every person forced to flee wants to find a safe place to call home, where they can build a future for themselves and their families. Once refugees are resettled into a new country or return to their homes, they still have a long way to go before they can feel safe.

Refugee Voices in Your Community is a collection of stories produced by USA for UNHCR that highlights the incredible journeys refugees are forced to take to find safety. Refugees are our neighbors, our friends and their voices matter and deserve to be heard. Meet inspiring refugees in your community.

© USA for UNHCR/Nicholas Feeney

Any person who is harmed by war or who must leave their home for other survival reasons is my sister and my brother. A family strives to help and encourage one another.

Adrian K. – San Francisco, CA

Children in Warah village, Barmal District, Paktika Province, Afghanistan, are among the survivors of the devastating earthquake that hit the region in June this year. UNHCR is providing 1,300 earthquake-resilient houses for families in 15 of the worst-affected villages across Paktika and Khost provinces. ; Following the magnitude 6.1 earthquake in south-eastern Afghanistan on 22 June 2022, UNHCR is providing earthquake-resilient houses for affected families across 15 worst-affected villages in Barmal District, Paktika Province, and Spera District, Khost Province. The sturdy houses will have extra thick walls and be winter-ready with stoves, solar panels for lighting, and toilets. Some 3.5 million people are displaced in Afghanistan and millions more are struggling to survive.  More than one million people have received UNHCR aid since January 2022.

In June 2022, Afghanistan was struck by the worst earthquake in twenty years. The devastation was made worse by the fact that people were sleeping in mud houses in one of Afghanistan’s most remote regions. The two children pictured above in Warah village in the Barmal District of Paktika Province are among the survivors of the devastating earthquake. 

UNHCR provided 1,300 earthquake-resilient houses for families in 15 of the worst-affected villages across Paktika and Khost provinces. Although many houses were destroyed by the earthquake, the newly built homes have extra thick walls and come equipped with winter-ready stoves, solar panels and toilets.

“When we first came here in June there was a lot of devastation. We are encouraged to see the community has remained resilient amid the devastation and there has been so much progress,” said UNHCR Representative Leonard Zulu at the inaugural ceremony. “The whole world felt the pain of this village, the world gave you immediate lifesaving support.”

© UNHCR/Oxygen Film Studio (AFG)

Our Donors

For the last decade, Eric Hoffert has been combining his passion for fitness and athletics with a drive to do good for others. He’s completed triathlons, half marathons and century rides to raise awareness and funds for issues such as multiple sclerosis, human trafficking, youth education and homelessness. Although already a longtime supporter of refugees, when Ukraine was invaded in February 2022, Eric was deeply moved and compelled to act.

“The refugee issue is really important to me… I have a strong personal connection, my great-grandfather Benny and his wife Sylvia, were refugees from Ukraine,” Eric shared. Motivated by his personal connection to the crisis, Eric started training and fundraising for the New York City Half Marathon. His community of family, friends and colleagues responded and in little more than two weeks, Eric raised nearly $8,000 from 74 donors.

“I think it’s really important that we provide opportunities for refugees to have safe places to go wherever they might be or whatever the conflict is. I can’t stress enough how significant I think this is.”

© USA for UNHCR/Nicholas Feeney

2022 Financial Report

(as of December 31, 2022)

The following is a summary of financial information of the U.S. Association for UNHCR for the year 2022. USA for UNHCR is classified as a tax-exempt organization under section 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Service Code and is qualified for charitable contribution deductions.

All donations to USA for UNHCR are tax deductible to the fullest extent allowed by law. USA for UNHCR Federal Tax Identification Number is 52-1662800.

Revenue 2022 2021
Grants and Contributions $170,277,378 $52,887,382
Corporation and Foundation Grants
$77,242,853 $7,224,073
Interest and Investment Income $3,695 $7,386
In-Kind Contributions $54,564,937 $70,339,929
Contributions from UNHCR $9,177,400 $10,040,957
Total Revenue $234,023,410 $133,275,654
Program Services $196,672,023 $115,063,341
Supporting Services
Management and General
$6,025,674 $3,477,316
$23,604,168 $20,786,733
Total Supporting Services
$29,629,842 $24,264,049
Total Expenses $226,301,865 $139,327,390
Other - Debt Forgiveness $1,082,100
Changes in Net Assets $7,721,545 -$4,969,363
Net Assets at Beginning of Year $11,933,827 $16,903,463
Net Assets at End of Year $19,655,372 $11,933,827

The complete financial statements for 2022 are available on the USA for UNHCR website. The firm of Gelman, Rosenberg & Freedman is USA for UNHCR’s auditor.

Our Board

USA for UNHCR is governed by an engaging and cohesive Board of Directors who share a commitment to the goals and objectives of the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR). With an extensive knowledge base and various expertise, our Board provides advice on policy, advocacy, fundraising and programming.

  • Mark Wallace, Chair

  • Kelly Blevins, Vice Chair

  • William Ball, Secretary

  • Yasmin Causer, Treasurer

  • Biar Kuek, Board Member

  • Latrise Brissett, Board Member *

  • Aishah Hasnie, Board Member

  • Rachael Jarosh, Board Member

  • Laura Lane, Board Member *

  • Mark Lopes, Board Member

  • Matthew Marolda, Board Member

  • Jane Meseck, Board Member

  • Eric Sprunk, Board Member

  • Virginia Tenpenny, Board Member

  • Beth Turner, Board Member

  • Dr. Liberty Vittert, Board Member

  • Charity Wallace, Board Member

* term finished December 31, 2022

The worst of humanity can always be cured by the best of humanity. This is the best of humanity in action.

Garrett M. – San Rosa, CA