Voice for Refuge Action Fund was founded in 2020 to build the power of refugee voters and increase representation of former refugees and refugee champions in all levels of government. That same year, we endorsed 38 refugee, immigrant, and pro-refugee candidates around the country and called on the new Biden Administration to take action to support refugees and immigrants.
Voice for Refuge Action Fund is a first-of-its kind organization created to advance pro-refugee policies at the national, state, and local level, to hold elected leaders accountable and to support the election of pro-refugee candidates at all levels of government.
We hold a strong, core belief that directly impacted individuals should have the opportunity to represent their communities. We prioritize supporting refugees, former refugees, immigrants, and asylees already engaged in or curious about politics, advocacy and civic engagement.
We empower former refugees to participate in civic engagement and advocacy to hold leaders accountable. Holding leaders accountable to the communities they represent includes equipping those communities to vote, advocate, and feel confident to use their own voice, and in their own language.
We work to break down the obstacles to political participation faced by former refugees that are intrinsic to the system of oppression and exclusion created by our society and laws. This includes addressing barriers that are intersectional, with refugee lived-experience being just one part of a person’s experience that results in political exclusion, disenfranchisement, and underrepresentation.
Our Early Impact
Candidates endorsed in the 2022 primary and general elections
Signatures collected in support of the Afghan Adjustment Act
Members of Congress ranked and scored based on their response to the relocation and resettlement of Afghans
Toolkits released for candidates on topics relevant to refugee campaigns
Feature in New York Times for our advocacy
Building a more Representative Democracy
Local, state, and federal representatives play a critical role in supporting and welcoming vulnerable individuals displaced by violence, persecution, and climate change. Can you chip in $10 or $25 today to help us continue to support pro-refugee candidates around the country?