Amy Slaughter is Chief Strategy Officer of RefugePoint. During the course of a twenty-four year career, Amy has worked and consulted for numerous refugee NGOs as well as UNHCR and the International Organization for Migration, holding both headquarters and field-based positions. She has worked on African, Balkan and Middle East refugee crises, has directed overseas refugee processing programs for U.S. State Department contractors, and has overseen reception and integration programs for refugees arriving in the U.S. With a Master’s degree in human rights from Columbia University and a Bachelor’s in English from the University of Florida, Amy is a frequent panelist at refugee conferences and has published several articles on refugee protection. Amy is the Co-Chair of the Refugee Self-Reliance Initiative, co-founded and co-led by RefugePoint and Women's Refugee Commission. She is also on the steering committee of the Refugee Investment Network.
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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.