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United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR)
The Office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees was established on December 14, 1950 by the United Nations General Assembly. The agency is mandated to lead and co-ordinate international action to protect refugees and resolve refugee problems worldwide.
International Organization for Migration (IOM)
The International Organization for Migration is an intergovernmental organization. IOM is dedicated to promoting humane and orderly migration for the benefit of all by providing services to governments and migrants. IOM is the organization responsible for making travel arrangements for all refugees that have been processed for resettlement to the United States and other countries. In some countries, IOM is also responsible for providing cultural orientation prior to a refugees departure.
Office of Refugee Resettlement (ORR)
The Office Refugee Resettlement is part of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services and is the federal office responsible for overseeing domestic refugee resettlement throughout the United States.
Lutheran Immigration and Refugee Services (LIRS)
The Mohawk Valley Resource Center for Refugees is an independent affiliate of Lutheran Immigration and Refugee Service (LIRS). LIRS is one of 10 national organizations that resettle refugees on behalf of the U.S. government. In partnership with local organizations and congregations, we strive to create welcoming communities to receive refugees.
Compass Interpreters is the interpretation, translation, and cultural outreach division of the Mohawk Valley Resource Center for Refugees. Medical Interpreters trained and accredited using the Cross Cultural Healthcare Programs Bridging the Gap program. Interpreters are available for medical, legal, social service, education, and general community interpreting. Translation services are available for birth certificates, diplomas, transcripts, marriage certificates, posters, pamphlets, and other informational material.
UNSPOKEN is an annual human rights forum that combines film, art, and a conference into one festival. Held in Utica, NY in October of each year, this multi-faceted forum seeks not only to give a voice to human rights violations from around the globe, but also to offer practical solutions in order to shape a better tomorrow and give hope to the future. MVRCR is a leading partner for this festival.
Snapshots of Resettlement
These images celebrate refugee lives and hopes for a prosperous future in Utica, NY. Most of them are from two of the more recent groups, Karen (from Burma) and Bhutanese-Nepalis, because they participated in Starting Over activities more than other groups. There are about as many photographers as there are photos. Submissions from other groups and additional comments about the details in the photos are very welcome!
Starting Over Utica Project
Starting Over started to take shape in early April 2012. It began as an idea from Dr. Kathryn Stam of SUNYIT for a cultural event focusing on a month long collaborative gallery show, to take place in December 2012 at SUNYIT, with a few supplemental events. Starting Over was meant to highlight the resettlement of refugees in Utica, NY who they are, why they came and why they stayed.
Welcoming America is a national, grassroots-driven collaborative that promotes mutual respect and cooperation between foreign-born and U.S.-born Americans. Through a countrywide network of member organizations and partners, Welcoming America works to promote a welcoming atmosphere community by community in which immigrants and native born residents can find common ground and shared prosperity.