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RefugePoint was founded in 2005 to identify refugees who fall through the cracks of humanitarian aid. Initially providing life-saving care to HIV+ refugees in Nairobi, Kenya, the agency grew quickly, adding a range of services to support those with the most urgent needs. Over time, RefugePoint developed a unique, full-service response model for assisting urban refugees and facilitating their self-reliance.

Simultaneously, the organization saw that tens of thousands of resettlement slots were going unused annually and built a unique resettlement program that now partners with the UN Refugee Agency in 30 countries across the globe.

Here’s a look back at some of the milestones we’ve accomplished since 2005:


RefugePoint was founded to help resettle and provide life-saving medical care to a group of HIV+ refugees. Later that year, we launched the Urban Refugee Protection Program to address the holistic needs of at-risk refugees.The program now provides support to 1,500 of Nairobi’s most vulnerable refugees and Kenyans annually.


In 2005, we made our first referral for resettlement, and in 2008 we began partnering with UNHCR to help more at-risk refugees access resettlement. From 2005-2020, our Experts have worked in 214 locations across 44 countries and helped to refer more than 87,000 refugees for resettlement.


We worked with UNHCR to train over 20 non-governmental organizations (NGOs) across Africa on identifying refugees for resettlement. We later co-created a resettlement toolkit with UNHCR and partner NGOs to use globally. As of 2020, we’ve trained more than 6,000 partner staff on resettlement. Photo: © UNHCR/J.Babb


We conducted our first child protection mission. Following its success to protect and help resettle unaccompanied children, we sent a team of Child Protection Experts to a number of locations to fill significant gaps, reach more children in need, and train others to do this work. From 2011-2020, our 40 Child Protection Experts have worked in 154 locations in 19 countries and have helped 14,252 refugee children.


We began a program to recruit and hire refugee community health workers in Nairobi to serve people in their communities. These staff are best placed to discuss sensitive health issues and explain how to access local services. As of 2020, we now have a team of community health workers that reaches 10,000 refugees annually with important health and safety information.







Our headquarters office is located in Boston, Massachusetts. All inquiries regarding our work, regardless of the location, should be directed to our headquarters.

89 South Street, Suite 802
Boston, MA 02111



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