kid's holiday party with airbnb







Queens ambassador Awards






komeeda refugee food & arts festiVal




Refugees TO dinner












Global Roots Gathering

Our Past events


The team at Airbnb's NYC headquarters teamed up with RIF to host an evening of holiday fun for the families of RIF clients. On December 13, 2017, we gathered to enjoy holiday celebrations and hear more from Audu, Niruka, and Hector about their efforts to give back to the asylum community. Airbnb was a fabulous host -- and even Santa and his elves dropped by with some presents for the kids!

RIF congratulates Pap Koudjo for receiving the 2017 Queens Ambassador Award, presented by TimesLedger newspapers at a gala on November 9, 2017. Pap, an exiled newspaper editor from Togo, was honored for his contributions to other refugees and for founding his own business, The Brand noproblem, selling sports caps marked with his favorite American motto.

Venezuelan RIF members Magedda, Hector, and Rabsaris teamed up to cook a five-course meal for foodies and refugee supporters at the Komeeda Food & Arts Festival in September. The chefs prepared traditional Venezuelan dishes like hallacas, arepas with salad and homemade sauces, and majarete, a coconut milk-based dessert.

RIF joined forces with the marketing team behind Team Refugee in the Olympics, Purpose, to invite RIF asylum seekers into people’s homes and businesses for a series called Refugees to Dinner. Dinners were held at the offices of tech leaders such as Tumblr, General Assembly, Civic Hall and Global Citizen.

Harnessing the power of music & food, these gatherings brought together asylum seekers and local communities through shared cultural experiences in safe spaces.

World refugee day

On World Refugee Day, we gathered together to proclaim our support for those seeking safety in our city. We felt that there was no better place to do that than Brooklyn Grange, the site of RIFs Urban Farm Recovery Project, which has become a sanctuary for so many people that we serve.

What this journey breeds

In 2015, we partnered with Fordham University to run a year-long academic program leading up to summer-long art exhibition in at the Ildiko Butler Gallery.