The RCUSA Policy Center

The RCUSA Policy Center is dedicated to strengthening protection for all forcibly displaced people by enhancing the overall effectiveness of our coalition – and broader networks of stakeholders – through innovative programming, dissemination of useful resources, and impactful policy research and development

Through the creation of the RCUSA Policy Center, we are taking steps to bolster our collective ability to address systemic challenges and opportunities – and to refine service and advocacy responses – as we work toward our common objectives of securing protection, opportunity, voice, and dignity for forcibly displaced people.

The components of the RCUSA Policy Center include:

The Policy Center aims to complement the work of RCUSA’s committees and working groups, strengthen collaboration among RCUSA’s coalition members (and between RCUSA members and other stakeholders), and empower people with lived experience in forced displacement.

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This is a time of rapid change in the nature and scale of forced displacement, affecting the experiences of forcibly displaced people and those who serve them. Emerging and ongoing humanitarian crises are increasing the global need for humanitarian protection, while issues related to vulnerable migrants and forcibly displaced people have become ever more politicized in the United States and around the world. Alongside these and other topics of concern, climate change is likely to contribute to substantially more forced displacement in the years ahead. At the US southern border, as in many places around the world, there are troubling trends toward new restrictions on access to asylum.

The Policy Center provides RCUSA member organizations and other stakeholders with a forum for open discussion of the challenges associated with forced displacement and relevant US policy developments – including the ongoing rebuild of the US Refugee Admissions Program (USRAP), successive large-scale programs of humanitarian parole, rapid growth in private and community sponsorship of refugees and parolees, greater prominence for refugee-led organizations and solutions grounded in lived experience, the challenges of securing housing for forcibly displaced people, and new labor and education pathways.


At the RCUSA Policy Center we believe in diversity of thought, evidence-based research, and action-centered leadership. We believe that refugees, asylees, and other forcibly displaced people strengthen America and help build a brighter and more prosperous future for all communities nationwide.

The RCUSA Policy Center is a collaborative effort.
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