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Community Sponsorship Hub celebrates the Welcome Corps, new private sponsorship program launched by U.S. Department of State
Private sponsorship pilot program for refugees in the works
New U.S. Refugee Sponsorship Program Is a Game Changer, Says Sarah Krause
To understand the potential of [a private sponsorship of refugees pilot program] and the role that everyday American citizens can play in guaranteeing its success, WENR sat down with Sarah Krause, the executive director and co-founder of the Community Sponsorship Hub, which was established in 2021 to grow the role of local communities in the protection and welcome of forcibly displaced people. Shortly thereafter, as families were evacuated from Afghanistan in search of safety, CSH led a coalition of partners to rapidly design and implement the Sponsor Circle Program (SCP) for Afghans.
Introducing the Sponsor Fund: A new resource for Sponsor Circles
There are so many ways to make a difference in the lives of newcomers. The Sponsor Fund enables community members to welcome more newcomers as they recover and regain their futures.
Accenture: Accelerating refugee resettlement with modern case management
Accenture and Accenture Federal Services explore how a modern case management approach enabled a level of interoperability and visibility essential to the success of the Sponsor Circle Program.
Sponsor Circle Program Expands for Americans Welcoming Venezuelans
The Sponsor Circle Program (SCP) today begins accepting applications from sponsors of Venezuelans who are fleeing economic and humanitarian crises and seeking refuge in the United States through the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) Process for Venezuelans.
CSH Announces Open Call for Advisory Board Members
The Community Sponsorship Hub (CSH) is excited to announce its first open call for nominations to its Advisory Board. We have an established board of seven (7) activists, academics, philanthropists, and thought leaders, and are seeking an additional two (2) advisors to join this highly collaborative, committed, and forward-thinking group focused on innovating and safeguarding refugee protection and welcome through community sponsorship. Of special interest are advisors with expertise in communications and macro- and micro-fundraising.
Biden administration plans private refugee sponsorship program
Ultimately, the program would aim to allow private citizens to identify refugees on their own and resettle them
New model to enlist regular Americans to resettle refugees
Since the U.S. military’s withdrawal from Kabul last year, the Sponsor Circle Program for Afghans has helped over 600 Afghans restart their lives. When Russia invaded Ukraine, a similar effort was undertaken for Ukrainians.
Now the Biden administration is preparing to turn the experiment into a private-sponsorship program for refugees admitted through the U.S. Refugee Admissions Program and is asking organizations to team up with it to launch a pilot program by the end of 2022.
A new model to help refugees built for Afghans, adapts to support Ukrainians
The program allows any group of five or more individual adults to support a refugee's temporary resettlement in the United States, a job traditionally performed by a handful of well-established resettlement agencies.