Asylum Seekers

Analysis on the critical importance of legal services for immigrants and how philanthropy can help expand access. Authored by Sara Campos, Grove Foundation; Navin Moul, Zellerbach Family Foundation; and Kevin Douglas, Grantmakers Concerned with Immigrants and Refugees.
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September 2021
We at GCIR are heartbroken about the devastating crises unfolding in Afghanistan and Haiti. Our country can rise to our highest ideals by providing protection to those who most desperately need it and welcoming them into our communities. Read our statement with recommendations for philanthropy.
August 2021
Join GCIR and leaders from the field for a conversation on how communities are working to both support newcomers as well as long-term residents.
July 2021
The second quarterly meeting of GCIR's California Immigrant Integration Initiative (CIII).   
May 2021
Group Meeting
Philanthropy can also support messaging and communications strategies that shift public perceptions about asylum and drive welcoming narratives. The recommendations highlighted below reflect core values of dignity, justice and belonging, as well as ongoing conversations with a broad range of community-based organizations in Mexico and the U.S, nationally and locally. There is a deep sense of urgency in the NGO community to be prepared.
February 2021
Funding Recommendations
A news article from Reuters looking at the positive impact the incoming Biden Administration may have on refugee populations around the world.
November 2020
News Article
Amidst travel restrictions and other government responses to the growing COVID-19 pandemic, the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees, as of March 17, 2020, temporarily suspended refugee resettlement departures—the actual travel of a refugee from their initial country of asylum to the country where they will be resettled. In addition to travel disruptions, the UNHCR cited concerns that refugees would be placed at a higher risk of contracting and transmitting the virus if they continued to travel as reasons behind their decision.
April 2020
News Article
Hispanics in Philanthropy (HIP) invites their members to contribute to their COVID-19 Rapid Response Migration Fund, which will provide emergency mini-grants to frontline organizations responding to the immediate needs of migrants and refugees to respond to the unprecedented challenge of the COVID-19 pandemic.
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March 2020
Response Fund
This brief analyzes challenges being erected at every stage of the U.S. asylum process and the key leverage points for philanthropy.
Dismantling of the U.S. Asylum System and Points of Leverage for Philanthropy
March 2019
Issue Brief
This memorandum synthesizes interviews with key advocate stakeholders to identify the current challenges facing the U.S. asylum system, asylum seekers, and advocates for asylum seekers, and strategic leverage points and funding opportunities for grantmakers.
March 2019


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