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. You can check out our Board of Directors here.
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."
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?