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In Celebration of World Refugee Day USCRI Debuts "Out of Many One" Poster Series

Every year on World Refugee Day, June 20, communities around the globe commemorate the struggles and honor the accomplishments of refugees.  This year is extra special for USCRI: it marks 100 years of service to those fleeing war and persecution. In light of this milestone, we are debuting “Out of Many One,” an art exhibit created by artist Joel Bergner. Each of the 10 unique images depicts a decade of our national network's history of protecting the rights and rebuilding the lives of refugees and immigrants.  Leading up to World Refugee Day, we release one poster each weekday. The final decade painting is featured below.  Scroll down to see the complete series. You won't want to miss a decade! 



Staying true to America’s belief in freedom and opportunity for everyone—even during trying times—builds the character and strength of our nation.  USCRI remains dedicated to ensuring that those forced to leave their homes have an opportunity to rebuild their lives.

  More Paintings by Decade 

Each year, thousands of children fleeing violence, poverty, and abuse try to enter the United States without their parents. USCRI protects these defenseless children who risk their lives in search of a safe place to grow up.

Fleeing the genocide in Sudan, the “Lost Boys” were separated from their families as they ran from their villages to save their lives. After walking thousands of miles for months on end, these unaccompanied children found relative safety in refugee camps in Kenya, where many were forced to remain well into adulthood.

Nearly half of the thousands of those who fled Vietnam in flimsy, overcrowded boats died from exposure, drowned, or were killed by pirates at sea. USCRI assisted Vietnamese “boat people” admitted for resettlement in the United States after the end of the war in Vietnam.

Standing up for uprooted men, women, and children, USCRI reported violations of refugee rights in an annual World Refugee Survey and called on the world to protect those forced to flee war and persecution. USCRI continues to fight for the rights of human beings the world over to leave the degrading living conditions in refugee camps and lead a dignified life.
USCRI reported on the dire living conditions of Palestinian refugees unable to establish homes, work, or live freely. Sixty years and three generations later, many Palestinians remain displaced.
America opened its doors to thousands of refugees fleeing Europe devastated by World War II. USCRI welcomed these men, women, and children with open arms, guiding them along the path to becoming naturalized U.S. citizens.

During one of the darkest periods in our nation’s history, the United States turned its back on more than 900 Jewish refugees escaping Nazi Germany aboard the S.S. St. Louis.  Unable to find a safe haven overseas, these innocent individuals and families were forced to return to Europe, where many of them died in concentration camps.

Passionate about helping refugees and immigrants achieve the American Dream, a social worker at the Young Women’s Christian Association (YWCA), Edith Terry Bremer, established the first International Institute in New York City. Over the years, similar institutions dedicated to assisting newcomers opened across the country—giving birth to what we now know as USCRI. 
Over one third of Americans are direct descendants of immigrants who first arrived in the United States at Ellis Island.  Our nation’s shores have been—and continue to be—a beacon of hope to those seeking freedom and opportunity.



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