Mission

The Refugee Center Online uses technology to help refugees and displaced individuals build new lives in the United States.

Vision

The Refugee Center Online envisions a world of peace and justice in which refugee resettlement is unnecessary. Until that day, RCO envisions a resettlement process in which refugees are empowered to lead fulfilling and dignified lives, thereby strengthening our communities and our common future.

Values

The Refugee Center Online values diversity, education, and collaboration. RCO respects and celebrates refugees’ wealth of knowledge and life experience.

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Why our work is important

The scale of the current refugee crisis, the magnitude of the trauma, and the spreading and terrible results of failed integrations around the world require innovative responses. The need is urgent, not just for the individuals escaping tragedy but for all of us and for the future of our communities

Historically, the United States has been known as a country that welcomes diversity and affords immigrants enormous opportunities. The reality, however, is that there are structural barriers to effective integration that have created a widening disparity between our foreign-born and native residents.

Refugees and immigrants often struggle to learn English and face difficulties in finding living wage jobs, adequate housing, healthcare, education, and transportation. Many are unaware of existing social service and underutilize available resources. As a result, newcomers largely feel marginalized or isolated and are systematically underemployed and economically disadvantaged.

The Refugee Center Online uses the power of the internet and mobile technology to overcome these barriers by making available all of the information that newcomers need in one online center.  Our website provides programs and resources designed by and for refugees and immigrants. The RCO’s services are free, translatable, and available from anywhere at any time.

Our goal is to help millions of foreign-born US residents create new lives for themselves and their families.  The successful reintegration of those that are already here and those that may come in the future will strengthen our economy, make our communities more resilient, and enhance our democracy.