The Bureau of Population, Refugees, and Migration (PRM) is the humanitarian bureau of the State Department. PRM promotes U.S. interests by providing protection, easing suffering, and resolving the plight of persecuted and forcibly displaced people around the world. We do this by coordinating humanitarian policy and diplomacy, providing life-sustaining assistance, working with multilateral organizations to build global partnerships, and promoting best practices in humanitarian response.
Gender and Gender-Based Violence
The empowerment and protection of women and girls has been a central part of U.S. foreign policy and national security, as shown by the U.S. National Action Plan on Women, Peace, and Security, the U.S. Department of State’s Plan to Implement the U.S. Strategy on Women, Peace, and Security, implementation of the U.S. Strategy to Prevent and Respond to Gender-based Violence Globally, and release of the U.S. Global Strategy to Empower Adolescent Girls.
Humanitarian Assistance Overseas
PRM supports efforts to protect and assist refugees and vulnerable migrants around the world. We maintain our enduring humanitarian commitments by working to assist refugees and other displaced people as close to their home countries as possible until they can safely and voluntarily return.Learn More About Humanitarian Assistance by Region Humanitarian Assistance Overseas
On September 8, the Department of State, together with the Department of Homeland Security and Department of Health and Human Services, submitted the President’s Report to Congress on Refugee Admissions for Fiscal Year 2023. Following consultation with Congress, the Presidential Determination (PD) on Refugee Admissions was signed by the President on September 27. The PD authorizes the admission of up to 125,000 refugees in FY 2023.Learn More About The U.S. Refugee Admissions Program Refugee Admissions
Through humanitarian diplomacy and close work with foreign governments, international organizations, and non-governmental organizations, PRM supports protection and assistance to ease the suffering of the most vulnerable around the world, seeks durable solutions to their plight and contributes to broader USG and international efforts to resolve conflicts that cause displacement. The U.S. leads the world as the largest single humanitarian donor. We expect others to help share in the burden and responsibility of assisting refugees and other displaced people.Learn More About Our Specific Policies Policy Issues