World Refugee Day: White House honors Chanoff ’94

By Cynthia Rockwell

[Sasha Chanoff ’94] RefugePoint Founder and Executive Director Sasha Chanoff ’94 is one of 10 individuals who will be honored at the White House as a World Refugee Day Champion of Change, those making a difference in the lives of refugees, both in the United States and abroad.

"This White House event is such an important opportunity to raise the profile of refugees globally, and particularly for RefugePoint to enable us to continue to reach those in the most life-threatening situations," says Chanoff, who founded the organization in 2005. RefugePoint’s mission is to identify and help those in extreme danger, permanently relocating refuges to countries where they can rebuild their lives in safety.

With RefugePoint efforts focused in sub-Saharan Africa, where approximately 2.9 million people are fleeing violence and persecution, Chanoff notes that these refugees would remain for decades in tenuous situations, lacking long term solutions.

“RefugePoint strives to offer these most vulnerable—women, survivors of torture, orphans, and minors separated from family—a clear path to security,” he says.

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