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INTERNATIONAL ASSOCIATION FOR REFUGEES

Helping people survive and recover from forced displacement

aka IAFR   |   Minneapolis, MN   |  www.iafr.org

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Mission

We help people survive and recover from forced displacement. As a faith-based organization, we do so in partnership with churches. We pursue our mission through refugee services and assistance, refugee church support, research and advocacy, and training and consulting. We are currently serving in Atlanta, Northern Colorado, Minneapolis/St. Paul, France, Austria, Bosnia Herzegovina, Kenya, and Malawi. We also have a Refugee Education Specialist, a Refugee Church Consultant, and a Director of Training each of whom serve internationally. We are always researching new ministry locations in the US as well as internationally. Learn more at www.IAFR.org

Ruling year info

2010

President

Mr. Thomas Albinson

Executive Vice President

Mr. Timothy Barnes

Main address

1400 Van Buren St. NE Suite 200-244

Minneapolis, MN 55413 USA

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EIN

27-0669322

NTEE code info

International Migration, Refugee Issues (Q71)

Christian (X20)

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Our programs

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What are the organization's current programs, how do they measure success, and who do the programs serve?

Kakuma Refugee Camp

We are partnering with refugee churches in ways that help people survive and recover from forced displacement. Some of the services we have assisted with include trauma care training, peace and reconciliation training, theological training, pastoral training, refugee youth camp support, refugee church building assistance, emergency assistance, Bibles for refugees project. We also provide high school scholarships for refugee girls.

Population(s) Served

We are partnering with refugee churches in Dzaleka in ways that help people survive and recover from forced displacement. Our work includes assistance with trauma care training, reconciliation and peace-building initiatives, pre-school and primary school assistance. We also partner with a local Malawian agency (There Is Hope) by supporting vocational training and income generation projects that benefit refugees and the surrounding host community.

Population(s) Served

We help asylum seekers in Minneapolis/St. Paul survive and recover from forced displacement. We offer them safe, stable shelter for an average of 1-2 years and meet their basic needs including food, transportation, and connection to community resources. We also offer holistic, personalized, support in reaching their goals toward long-term stability. We provide a healing context through supportive community life.

Population(s) Served

IAFR is partnering closely with the local Bosnian nonprofit "Hands of Hope" to help people survive and recover from forced displacement. The work includes running a refugee welcome center just outside Sarajevo that serves the populations of two IOM-operated temporary migrant reception facilities one for families, women, and unaccompanied minors and a second for single men.

Population(s) Served

We are helping asylum-seekers and refugees survive and recover from forced displacement. In cooperation with the local association, "Friends of Exiles", we offer a safe place for a holistic response to the needs of integration. We also visit asylum seekers living in makeshift encampments to assist them with practical needs while enjoying one another's hospitality. We encourage supportive relationships between refugees, volunteers, and local associations. We listen to asylum seekers as they share their experiences, life goals and decisions while preparing for the next stage of their epic journey. Everything we do is intended to re-humanize them and strengthen resilience, hope, and faith.

Population(s) Served

We are helping Ukrainians survive and recover from forced displacement due to the invasion of Russia. We are doing this by partnering with churches in Ukraine. A partner church near the Ukrainian border with Slovakia keeps in close touch with diverse church leadership within the country as they listen to their churches share the priority needs in different parts of the country, including the frontlines. This network of churches enables us to keep track of ever-changing needs. It also helps us transport assistance to where it is most needed. Local churches are doing great work in helping people survive and persevere during this dark time in their history. We stand in active solidarity with them.

Population(s) Served

We are helping resettled refugees and asylum seekers in Clarkston, GA, survive and recover from forced displacement through highly relational work that includes a focus on refugee families and youth. Hospitality, practical assistance, educational support, youth ministry and Bible studies all help strengthen hope and resilience while encouraging integration. To this end, we collaborate with other local nonprofits and churches.

Population(s) Served

With a focus on community integration, we are helping former refugees survive and recover from forced displacement in Northern Colorado through ministries of visitation and hospitality, community integration, English tutoring, public advocacy, practical assistance, pastoral care, trauma care, and local church training.

Population(s) Served

Perhaps you want to help people survive and recover from forced displacement, but you're not sure where to begin. Maybe you were engaged in a different type of ministry and now there are people fleeing from, through, or to your area in search of safety? Or maybe you have been serving refugees for some time but have hit some stumbling blocks and realize you need more tools?

We believe God is calling the Church to engage in life-giving ways along the Refugee Highway. The goal of our training is to equip people, congregations, and organizations for ministry among forcibly displaced people that is fruitful, sustainable, ethical, and faithfully Christian.

Population(s) Served

Refugee churches play an important role in helping refugees survive and recover from forced displacement. Not only do they strengthen hope, but they also offer healing communities that rehumanize people. We are consulting with refugee churches internationally, helping them navigate life and ministry in their new context. We are also consulting with churches and agencies in the US and other refugee hosting countries, helping them effectively serve and partner with refugee churches. A former refugee pastor based in Minnesota serves as our Refugee Church Consultant.

Population(s) Served

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INTERNATIONAL ASSOCIATION FOR REFUGEES

Board of directors
as of 12/13/2023
SOURCE: Self-reported by organization
Board chair

Stephen Freed

Stephen Freed

Brian Doten

Stan Diddams

Kate Makosky

Kristel Lehner

Van Chounlamountry

Thomas Albinson

Board leadership practices

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  • Board orientation and education
    Does the board conduct a formal orientation for new board members and require all board members to sign a written agreement regarding their roles, responsibilities, and expectations? Yes
  • CEO oversight
    Has the board conducted a formal, written assessment of the chief executive within the past year ? Yes
  • Ethics and transparency
    Have the board and senior staff reviewed the conflict-of-interest policy and completed and signed disclosure statements in the past year? Yes
  • Board composition
    Does the board ensure an inclusive board member recruitment process that results in diversity of thought and leadership? Yes
  • Board performance
    Has the board conducted a formal, written self-assessment of its performance within the past three years? No

Organizational demographics

SOURCE: Self-reported; last updated 12/13/2023

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Leadership

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White/Caucasian/European

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