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Get those federal “monitoring reports” for your community (if you can!)

Posted by Ann Corcoran on February 24, 2018

I’m reminded by this report on the San Diego refugee housing scandal at

The US State Department on some sporadic basis sends monitors out to refugee resettlement offices around the country to see if your local resettlement agency is compliant with guidelines for the care of refugees they have placed.

Years ago I spoke with Chris Coen who had a blog called Friends of Refugees’ and he regularly submitted Freedom of Information Act requests to the State Department for those monitoring reports, then patiently waited YEARS to get responses.  Lacking patience, I never sought them (little did I imagine that nearly 11 years later, I am still doing this!).

Mireille Cronin Mather

IRC’s representative in San Diego: Mireille Cronin Mather

Now that we know that the Tillerson State Department is trying to clear its FOIA backlog, maybe some of you should try again to get the reports for contractors operating in your towns.

Clearly the reporters at were able to obtain one for the International Rescue Committee in San Diego.

Here is the title and first paragraph of their latest report.  The contractors are extremely vulnerable on the issue of how they care for refugees they are paid to care for (I’ve been hearing it for years), and it goes to the heart of the question about whether this is really a ‘humanitarian’ program or simply driven by money.

Federal monitors warned San Diego refugee nonprofit of problems with resettlement practices

Federal monitors raised concerns about a local refugee resettlement agency’s housing placement practices months before the organization’s employees committed additional violations, which KPBS uncovered and detailed in a series of reports last year.

Continue here.

Now see what a Monitoring report looks like.  2016 report for IRC in San Diego:


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Here is the State Department’s FOIA guideline site.

If you need to know which resettlement agencies are working near you, go here for a directory.  Pick offices that are within a hundred miles of your home.

This post is filed in my ‘What you can do’ category, see here.

3 Responses to “Get those federal “monitoring reports” for your community (if you can!)”

  1. paleodrone said

    Refugee And Immigrants Service Center Refugee Center

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    Refugee And Immigrants Service Center is a privately held company in Olympia, WA and is a Single Location business. Categorized under Help Supply Services. Our records show it was established in 1982 and incorporated in Washington. Current estimates show this company has an annual revenue of 300000 and employs a staff of approximately 5.


  2. Amnesty international just drafted a report to denounce the diabolisation and inhumane treatment of refugees. You might think that the net of life is broad and let’s a lot of things through but it doesn’t. This is why it is writting in the Great Book of Life you shall be judged according to your deeds but cannot be saved by them. If anyone out there is doing any harm to refugees or not helping refugees let them fear for their lives now or after death. The rich of the rich countries namely. Camels that will have a HELL of a time getting into paradise.


  3. q said

    Let me thank you for your efforts on this issue while I’m thinking about it. 🙂

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