The Brueggeman Center for Dialogue

Refugee and Asylee Empowerment

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There are some 70 million refugees in the world. The nightmares tales of their lives are stories we barely hear because of the sheer scale of the issue. Solving it globally is one of those issues that are so complex that we all feel it to be hopeless. But the work we can to and in which we can make a difference is locally. Cincinnati has some 30,000 + refugees and asylees. These are all legal immigrants who have come to Cincinnati through very complicated lottery systems and want the opportunity for a new life. The Brueggeman Center has been involved in this work since 2004. Beginning around 2013 we partnered with the Junior League of Cincinnati and out of that partnership emerged The Refugee Empowerment Initiative, RefugeeConnect and The Immigrant and Refugee Law Center. To learn more about these see: 

We are also involved with the City of Cincinnati and the Chamber of Commerce on their immigration project. See: 

  • Mayor's Immigration Task ForceMayor John Cranley's Task Force on Immigration is working to make Cincinnati a great place for immigrants to call home, start a business and thrive.
  • Cincinnati Compass - Connecting immigrants and community for a stronger region
  • Pediatric Medical Health Navigator Initiative - The Brueggeman Center has partnered with RefugeeConnect and The Children's Hospital of Cincinnati on a grant for a pilot project to create Medical Navigators for refugee communities. These navigators will be drawn from the various refugee communities, trained in medical translation and learn how the medical system works. They will then help their communities to access the health system in Cincinnati.