Are you a Nonprofit?
Yes. We are an 501(c)3 Nonprofit NGO. All donations are federally recognized as tax exempt.
Do you have any political affiliation?
No. We are nonpartisan and strive to bring you unbiased facts and stories that aren't sponsored or paid for-- just the humanity of the people and the truth surrounding global issues.
HumanRefuge(e) is operated by the efforts of Native American activist and designer Kimberli Milhoan, along with photographer Adam Michaels. We're not alone-- currently contributing are local refugee resettlement organizations, social justice and immigration attorneys, tenured professors, social justice activists, media coordinators, notable bloggers, and refugees living abroad and at home. We are also proud to have a team of correspondents across the world in the U.S., Europe, Africa, and the Middle East. Our amazing team works tirelessly to help those in need and to help others feel as passionate about helping refugees as they do.
Where do you get your graphics?
All HumanRefuge(e) graphics are made by our staff. If you have any ideas for graphics or posts, feel free to send your ideas to firstname.lastname@example.org.
What does the name HumanRefuge(e) mean?
“Human” refers to our attempt to redirect the discussion from the “swarms” and “waves” of people as discussed in the mainstream media to individual people and their stories in order to make the global crisis more personal.
Refuge is defined as "a condition of being safe or sheltered from pursuit, danger, or trouble." This relates to both people seeking and providing refuge and safety.
“Refugee” is defined as a person who has been forced to leave their country in order to escape war, persecution, or natural disaster. We provide information about events which affect all humans worldwide, however, our focus is currently on those displaced by force (“refugees”). Click here for the UN definition of "refugee."
Why are you launching a Kickstarter campaign?
Our Kickstarter is needed not only to supplement our continued funding of research, content, editing, additional web design, business costs, and translation services for interviews here at home, but also to expand our growing reach overseas. We are privileged enough to live in Pittsburgh, PA, USA, with a community that has provided us with an amazing support system. While we continue to have stories collected here in the US, we find it to be just as important to go in search of the 99% of refugees who don't get resettled to a third country so that we can begin to provide representation of the entire story. We believe every step of the journey is important and we want to give a voice and understanding to as many people as possible.
What project will be funded by donations?
All Kickstarter proceeds will be used to fund additional technical equipment that will be needed for interviews on location, translation services, content and research, web design, and Kickstarter fees. Additional donations through our website go to business costs, research, content, editing, interactive design, translation services, community events, and expanding our reach overseas. You can see a breakdown of the cost analysis by clicking here. Stay tuned for more on our upcoming projects that focus on turning local communities into hubs for work toward human rights and dignity for all vulnerable populations.
What can be done now in our own communities?
In your own communities, there are plenty of ways to help, from supporting local groups who help to resettle refugees, to joining discussion groups on world conflict, to finding and sending us your own stories and stories that you find along the way. Of course, we encourage everyone to tutor a resettled refugee in English and start out the way we did. It is a life changing experience that can be found in your own town. Many cities offer volunteer opportunities for specialized skills as well, including attorneys who get free training to represent families pro bono and landlords who can work with resettlement organizations to help provide a home for refugees as well as fill an unoccupied unit with a reliable tenant. Additionally, social workers and therapists are often needed to treat PTSD in refugees who have just witnessed the horrors of war and extreme loss of family. You can also check out our "Stand Up" section for more ideas on how to get involved.
Where did the idea for the project come from?