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Champaign & Urbana allow the Refugee Center to continue refugee resettlement

We are grateful for the support of our local municipalities as we continue to do the important work of welcoming refugees to East Central Illinois.

An executive order signed by President Trump in September requires communities to give their formal consent for refugees to be resettled inside their boundaries. The Champaign city council and the mayor of Urbana have given us their permission to keep performing this essential function.

Listen to a WILL interview with our Executive Director, Lisa Wilson, here. You can also read more about this story in the News Gazette and watch the coverage from WAND.


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The Refugee Center

We are a 501(c)(3) organization.

201 West Kenyon Road, Suite 4D

Champaign, IL United States 61820


Phone: 217-344-8455

Fax: 217-239-0159

Office open 9am-5pm M-F or by appointment

Board of Directors

John Muirhead, Chair

Mark Schoeffmann, Treasurer

Jennifer Hixson, Secretary

Mohammed Al-Heeti

Maria Alanis

Tiffanie Bui

C.K. "Tina" Gunsalus

Francoise Kingambo

Kathy Schoeffmann

Sophie Bui

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