Refugee resettlement from sub-Saharan Africa
CWS has been working with refugees since we first opened our doors in 1946. Since that time, we have helped hundreds of thousands of refugees to access safety and protection and begin new lives in the United States. Over the years there have been refugees bound for the U.S. from across the globe, including Europe in the aftermath of World War II, families from Southeast Asia after the war in Vietnam and today people from every continent who are fleeing persecution with hopes of finding safety and a new home.
Since 1990, CWS has partnered with the U.S. Department of State to administer the Resettlement Support Center for Africa. This center is based in Nairobi, Kenya, and serves refugees who are identified by the UN Refugee Agency as needing resettlement to a safe location. The dedicated CWS/RSC team works to process thousands of cases each year, and assists U.S. government officials who conduct final interviews with refugees for their legal admission to the U.S. The CWS/RSC team travels to both remote and urban locations throughout Africa to serve the most vulnerable refugees where they live.