The Austin Refugee Roundtable enhances collaboration between agencies, community groups and individuals who serve refugees, with the aim of making Austin a welcoming and supportive resettlement community.
“Refugees are defined as persons who are outside their country and cannot return owing to a well-founded fear of persecution because of their race, religion, nationality, political opinion or membership of a particular social group.”
- United Nations, 1951
Who we are
The Austin Refugee Roundtable is a coalition of non-profit agencies and groups serving refugees in Austin. The coalition so far consists of: Caritas of Austin, Center for Survivors of Torture, English at Work, Furaha House, Immigrant and Refugee Aid, Inc., Interfaith Action of Central Texas, Multicultural Refugee Coalition, One to One for Health, Refugee Services of Texas, Refugee Student Support Services at Austin Independent School District.
What we do
The main purpose of the group is to collaborate and support the work of assisting refugees in Austin. We do this by:
- Sharing best practices through an annual training and through the Austin Refugee Roundtable manual.
- Having a general annual meeting to exchange ideas and learn what work is being done.
- Working together on the annual World Refugee Day celebration in June at the Bob Bullock Texas History Museum.
- Communicating and sharing information through the monthly electronic newsletter.
New groups interested in being a part of the Austin Refugee Roundtable, or those interested in submitting something for the monthly newsletter, are welcome to contact firstname.lastname@example.org
“So often the world sits idly by, watching ethnic conflicts flare up, as if these were mere entertainment rather than human beings whose lives are being destroyed. Shouldn’t the existence of even one single refugee be a cause for alarm throughout the world?”
- Urkhan Alakbarov