Friends of Refugees

A U.S. Refugee Resettlement Program Watchdog Group

Document Library

FOIAs — info for media organizations (here)

FORefugees documents

6-10-05, letter to Office of Admissions re. Refugee Travel Loans

06-25-05 letter to Migration and Refugee Services, Catholic Charities

08-06-05 letter to Archbishop Harry J. Flynn, Archdiocese of Saint Paul and Minneapolis

08-31-05 letter to Archbishop Harry J. Flynn, Archdiocese of Saint Paul and Minneapolis

09-05-05, Safety of Refugees in the U.S. Refugee Resettlement Program

02-25-10, Friends of Refugees recommendations to the National Security Council

05-27-14, Christopher Coen’s comment to US State Dept. of size and scope of FY15 resettlement program

Media  articles:

     Arizona, Phoenix

6-10-09, Texas Canyon crash kills 6, injures 11, Arizona Range News

9-1-09, Iraqi refugees protest treatment by relief organization

7-8-10, Phoenix settles men’s police-abuse claim, Arizona Republic

7-13-10, Police altercation near Phoenix church ‘put fear into community’

California, Oakland:

5-20-04, Is the Saint of South LA for real?, LA Weekly 

9-22-07, Refugee agency founder held, Los Angeles Times

6-27-08, Refugees find common ground in East Bay

2-17-09, East Bay refugees have a new safe haven but with different challenges

4-23-09, Fleeing war, some refugess find crime

2-17-10, Still Seeking Refuge, East Bay Express

Colorado, Denver

5-20-09, Attacks rattle refugees from Bhutan

12-23-09, Denver cops give 911-only cellphones to refugees worried about recent attacks

Connecticut, Hartford

11-10-05, Somali immigrants to Hartford complain of no jobs and  a lack of support from social agencies.

Connecticut, Waterbury

12-8-07, Burmese refugees to be moved from apartments

2-15-08, Frustrated refugees meet with director of Institute

2-20-08, Refugees stuck in squalor

3-6-08, Burmese refugees forced into substandard housing

5-10-08, Agency helping Burmese refugees loses contract

Florida, Jacksonville

Georgia, Atlanta

                  – USCCB affiliate scandal in Atlanta in 2000

– ECDC affiliate scandal in Atlanta in 2003

Idaho, Boise

Illinois, Chicago

Kentucky, Louisville


Massachusetts, Boston




New Hampshire, Manchester

New Jersey

New York

North Carolina

North Dakota, Fargo

Ohio, Cincinatti

Pennsylvania, Erie

Pennsylvania, Pittsburgh

Tennessee, Memphis

Texas, Dallas

Texas, Houston

Texas, San Antonio

Utah, Salt Lake City

Vermont, Burlington

Virginia, Fredericksburg

Virginia, Roanake

Washington, Seattle

Washington, Spokane

Wisconsin, Milwaukee

U.S. Department of State

  1. Operational Guidance To Resettlement Agencies
  2. Office of Inspector General (OIG)

Hotline -1-800-409-9926 (1-202-647-3320)

Office of Refugee Resettlement (ORR), ACF, US Dept. of Health & Human Services

  • Matching Grant — ORR contractor Inspection Reports

Illinois, Chicago — Heartland Alliance — 2005 inspection

Kentucky, Bowling Green — Bowling Green International Center — 2006 inspection

  • Wilson-Fish Program (refugee employment services, cash assistance, medical assistance)

12-15-11, ORR monitoring of Kentucky Wilson-Fish Program

  • Unaccompanied refugee minors

States asked to take in more refugee orphans

Map – Unaccompanied immigrant children released to sponsors, Jan. 1st to July 7, 2014

Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE)



6-6-05, letter to Robert Carey, IRC vice president of resettlement and migration policy

1-3-12, New telephone scam apparently targeting Bhutanese refugees

9-25-14, Important Information About a New Scam Against Refugees

12-9-14, ORR Director Eskinder Negash resigns


Congressman Dingell’s March 12, 2010 letter in support of President Obama’s proposed FY 2011 budget increase for the ORR

7-20-11 Letter, Sen. Leahy EtAl to Napolitano re. SIV’s


4-19-16, GAO-16-367, Unaccompanied Children: HHS Should Improve Monitoring and Information Sharing Policies to Enhance Child Advocate Program Effectiveness


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