Amy Slaughter is the Senior Advisor for RefugePoint, founding co-chair of the Refugee Self-Reliance Initiative, and is on the steering committee of the Refugee Investment Network. With field operations in 20+ countries and headquarters in the U.S., RefugePoint works closely with UNHCR, governments and NGOs to help improve global refugee policy and practice. Beginning with the conflicts in former Yugoslavia in the early 1990s, Amy has devoted her career to refugee protection. She has held headquarters and field-based positions and consultancies for numerous refugee NGOs, UNHCR and IOM. She has worked on African, Balkan and Middle East refugee crises, has directed overseas refugee processing centers for the U.S. resettlement program, and has overseen reception and integration programs for refugees resettled throughout the U.S. Amy holds a master’s degree in human rights from Columbia University and a bachelor’s in English from the University of Florida. She has published articles on refugee protection in the Journal of Refugee Studies, Forced Migration Review, World Politics Review, and The Solutions Journal, among other publications. Amy was a recipient of the 2018 Schwab Foundation Social Entrepreneur Award. With RefugePoint since 2008, she previously held the positions of Chief Operating Officer and Chief Strategy Officer.
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RefugePoint finds lasting solutions for the world’s most at risk refugees and supports the humanitarian community to do the same. The organization saves lives through its direct services, trains and builds capacity of partners, and convenes and influences key decision-makers to improve humanitarian response systems. Its mission centres on improving the standard of living for refugees in the countries to which they flee and increasing the availability of resettlement for refugees unable to live safely in those countries.
RefugePoint has directly helped over 54,000 refugees resettle and, through its training and capacity building work with the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) and NGOs, has contributed to the resettlement of 1.2 million refugees since its founding. The agency has conducted resettlement work in 28 countries across Africa, and now is also in South-East Asia and the Middle East.
For the vast majority of refugees who are unable to return home or resettle, RefugePoint has devised a service model to help them improve their quality of life and gain self-reliance while stuck in indefinite exile. Its programme in Nairobi, Kenya annually serves around 10,000 urban refugees originating mainly from Congo, Darfur, Eritrea, Ethiopia, Somalia and South Sudan. Its measurement tool charts clients’ progress across food, shelter, education, income, health, mental health, and safety. Using this tool, the agency is able to “graduate” roughly 25% of its caseload each year.
Based on this work, RefugePoint has built and co-leads the Refugee Self-Reliance Initiative, a global community of practice of NGOs, foundations, governments, multilateral agencies, researchers and donors. The collective goals of this initiative include developing, measuring, and promoting refugee self-reliance models intended to reach millions around the world and change the paradigm of refugee response. RefugePoint is primarily privately-funded, enabling it to respond nimbly to emerging needs, devise new approaches for others to take up, and occupy a seat at policy tables normally off limits to NGOs.