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The Bureau of Population, Refugees, and Migration provides aid and sustainable solutions for refugees, victims of conflict and stateless people around the world, through repatriation, local integration, and resettlement in the United States. PRM also promotes the United States' population and migration policies. More about PRM»


U.S. Humanitarian Assistance to Gaza

July 21: The United States is providing $47 million to help address the humanitarian situation in Gaza. These funds will provide critical humanitarian aid, including shelter, food, and medical supplies to Palestinians in Gaza. The United States remains committed to addressing the humanitarian needs of the Palestinian people, and will continue to monitor the humanitarian situation closely. Full Text» Secretary's Remarks»


World Population Day

Secretary Kerry (July 11): "On behalf of President Obama and the people of the United States, I join the world in marking World Population Day on July 11, and celebrating the 20th anniversary of the International Conference on Population and Development (ICPD). ... The United States remains committed to working with the international community to build on the progress we have made. Young people represent our hope for a brighter future. Empowering them will create a better world for us all." Full Text»


Additional Humanitarian Assistance for the Crisis in South Sudan

July 10: Today, Assistant Secretary Richard announced nearly $22 million in additional humanitarian assistance for refugees and internally displaced persons (IDPs) in South Sudan and South Sudanese refugees in Ethiopia, Kenya, and Uganda. With this latest funding, the United States is providing more than $456 million in humanitarian assistance in fiscal year 2014 to refugees, IDPs, and other conflict-affected populations impacted by the crisis in South Sudan. More» Assistant Secretary's Travel»


Humanitarian Diplomacy - Refugee Coordinators in Action

July 4: Refugee Coordinators are part of the State Department's Bureau of Population, Refugees, and Migration (PRM), which works with UN and NGO partners to provide aid and sustainable solutions for refugees, victims of conflict and stateless people around the world. Video»


U.S. Humanitarian Assistance in Response to the Crisis in the Central African Republic

June 23: Today the United States announced nearly $51 million in additional humanitarian aid to support those affected by the ongoing conflict in the Central African Republic (CAR). This new assistance brings the total U.S. humanitarian funding for the crisis to nearly $118 million in Fiscal Year 2014, helping people suffering inside CAR as well as refugees in the neighboring countries. More»


World Refugee Day

On June 20, the world honors the courage and resilience of refugees as well as the dedication and generosity of those who help them. The U.S. is the largest single donor to humanitarian activities worldwide, providing some $5 billion in 2013. More refugees are resettled in the U.S. than in any other country. Fact Sheet» Secretary Kerry's Statement» DipNote» President Obama's Statement»


Preventing and Responding to Sexual Violence in Conflict

Secretary Kerry (June 13): "This conference [is] about forcing the world to recognize that sexual violence is a vile crime against humanity. It is not just an excusable, inevitable byproduct of war. And there is a real and critical role for governments to play in this fight." Full Text» Trip Page»


U.S. Pledges Additional Humanitarian Assistance to Iraq

June 12: The United States is concerned that the deteriorating security situation is deepening the humanitarian crisis in Iraq. The U.S. today is providing an additional $12.8 million to international organization partners working to meet the needs of internally displaced persons and conflict victims in Iraq. More»


United States Announces Additional Humanitarian Assistance for Syrian Crisis

June 4: Secretary of State John Kerry announced today the United States is providing more than $290 million in additional U.S. humanitarian assistance to help those affected by the war in Syria. With this additional funding, total U.S. humanitarian assistance since the start of the crisis will reach more than $2 billion. More» Secretary Kerry's Remarks»


U.S. Policy and Response to Recent Refugee Crises in Africa

Principal Deputy Assistant Secretary Henshaw (May 1): "Increasing resettlement of African refugees is a major priority for the Obama Administration. Last fiscal year we resettled nearly 16,000 Africans to the U.S., and this year we are looking to resettle at least 15,000. ... PRM works not just to resettle those who flee, but also to respond to crises, save lives, ease suffering and support voluntary return and local integration when possible." Full Text»


Date: 04/23/2014 Description: Assistant Secretary Anne Richard speaks at the Center for Strategic and International Studies, Washington, DC. USAID Image

Center for Strategic and International Studies: Ethiopia's Investments in Family Planning

Assistant Secretary Richard (Apr. 23): "Ethiopia's enlightened health policies and quest for sustainable development are incredibly important -- not just for Ethiopia but as an example to other nations grappling with similar problems." Full Text»


Date: 04/11/2014 Description: Assistant Secretary Anne C. Richard and High Commissioner Antonio Guterres signed the 2014-2015 Framework for Cooperation between the United States Department of State's Bureau of Population, Refugees and Migration and the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees. - State Dept Image

PRM-UNHCR Framework for Cooperation 2014-2015

Apr. 11: The Bureau of Population, Refugees, and Migration (PRM) and the Office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) have been working in formal partnership through a Framework for Cooperation since the year 2000 to provide protection, humanitarian assistance, and durable solutions to UNHCR's beneficiaries. They have a unique relationship: PRM has long been UNHCR's top donor, while UNHCR has been PRM's largest multilateral partner. PRM and UNHCR renew their bilateral Framework for Cooperation biennially to advance shared objectives. Framework»


World Relief National Conference

Principal Deputy Assistant Secretary Henshaw (Apr. 8): "Many of you, I know, view this work as a calling, and not just a career. It is this kind of commitment that has allowed you to reach such a milestone. Daily, you interact with refugees who were amongst the most vulnerable people in the world, now making their way on a new journey here in the United States." Full Text»


47th UN Commission on Population and Development

Special Advisor Pollack (Apr. 7): "The 1994 ICPD consensus forged by 179 member states was, and remains, truly transformative. It reframes the way we view population and development challenges, and provides a far-reaching set of goals linking global health, gender equality, human rights, population dynamics and sustainable development." Full Text»


Date: 06/15/2011 Description: A Syrian refugee child is seen in a camp in Yayladagi, Turkey, near the Syrian border. © AP Image

DipNote Blog: "Saving Syria and Its Children"

Mar. 14: On February 10, the children at a United Nations’ school in Muzeirib, Syria, were among an ever shrinking group of kids still able to attend school, amid a conflict that has driven three million students away from classrooms. But then reality, in the form of an explosion, reportedly from an air-to-ground strike, ripped through the windows and changed their lives forever. Forty school children were injured that day in an incident that garnered few headlines. Eight days later on, another explosion struck a school in Muzeirib, killing five school children and 13 adults, and maiming 20 more. These incidents are only two examples in what has become an unremitting onslaught against a generation of Syrian children. As we commemorate the third anniversary of the Syria crisis on March 15, we urge you to join the movement to save Syria’s children and youth. DipNote»


State Department Contributes an Initial $124.5 Million to the ICRC

Feb. 25: The United States is pleased to announce an initial contribution of $124.5 million toward the 2014 Emergency Appeal of the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC). Additional contributions will be forthcoming over the course of the year. This initial contribution, funded through the State Department’s Bureau of Population, Refugees, and Migration, will support ICRC efforts worldwide. More»


State Department Contributes an Initial $226 Million to the UNHCR for 2014

Feb. 25: The United States is pleased to announce an initial contribution of $226 million toward the 2014 operations of the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR). This $226 million contribution includes $119.7 million for sub-Saharan Africa, which includes contributions to the crises in South Sudan and the Central African Republic previously announced earlier this year. Additional contributions will be forthcoming over the course of the year. More»



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