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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»


Humanitarian Diplomacy - Refugee Coordinators in Action

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»


World Humanitarian Day

Secretary Kerry (Aug. 19): "Today, as the United States and the global community recall the names of these and all humanitarians, we remember our own obligation to affirm the inherent value of every life, and what that demands from our own lives. When there is so much work to be done, we remember the vital work of humanitarians and what we can all do to be humanitarians." Full Text»


Assisting South Sudanese Refugees in Ethiopia

Assistant Secretary Richard (Aug. 7): "While in Ethiopia, I was able to announce an additional $22 million in humanitarian assistance to respond to the crisis in South Sudan. This latest piece raises the total U.S. contribution in this fiscal year to more than $456 million." DipNote»


Humanitarian Assistance for Iraq

Secretary Kerry (Aug. 7): "President Obama has acted expeditiously and appropriately in authorizing targeted military action and providing significant humanitarian assistance to the people of Iraq at this very difficult moment when it is vitally needed." Full Text» President Obama's Statement»


Additional Humanitarian Assistance for Syria Crisis

July 30: The United States is providing nearly $378 million in additional U.S. aid to help those affected by the war in Syria. With this funding, total U.S. humanitarian assistance since the start of the crisis will reach more than $2.4 billion. Fact Sheet» Secretary's Statement»


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. Fact Sheet» 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»


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»


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»



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