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  …Whereas recognition of the inherent dignity and of the equal and inalienable rights of all members of the human family is the foundation of freedom, justice and peace in the world,

Whereas disregard and contempt for human rights have resulted in barbarous acts which have outraged the conscience of mankind, and the advent of a world in which human beings shall enjoy freedom of speech and belief and freedom from fear and want has been proclaimed as the highest aspiration of the common people…  

                                                               ~Preamble to the Universal Declaration of Human Rights



Minnesota Advocates for Human Rights Refugee and Immigrant Program seeks to promote and protect the human rights of refugees, asylum-seekers, and immigrants

  • Representing indigent asylum seekers who have fled or are in danger of persecution, torture or execution if forced to return to their home countries;

  • Combating anti-immigrant sentiment by working in Minnesota schools and communities through youth and adult education, written and video educational materials, and training and technical assistance

  • Educating about immigrant rights, community services, work authorization, and new laws affecting immigrants, thereby assisting refugees, asylees and other immigrant newcomers to become independent, self-sufficient, and productive members of the community; and


The Refugee and Immigrant Program provides these services through the Refugee and Asylum Project and the B.I.A.S.(Building Immigrant Awareness and Support Project.


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