About

The Coalition of Refugee Service Agencies (CRSA) brings together eighteen local refugee-serving organizations.

Mission: to engage a broad coalition to highlight the cultural, social, and economic contributions of refugees and immigrants in Georgia.

Vision: We envision a future where every person who calls Georgia home is valued, respected, and able to build a successful life.

What We Believe

Shared Values: Americans are defined by how they live their lives and what they do to contribute. Refugee families come to our state to build a better, safer life—a quintessentially American thing to do. In line with its strong faith traditions and humanitarian spirit, Georgia has embraced those fleeing persecution and violence for
more than 30 years.

Economic Impact: Like other immigrants, refugees are more likely to start businesses. One in ten Georgians is foreign-born, but 31 percent of Main Street businesses in the state (small enterprises providing every day goods and services) are owned by immigrants. Refugees are welcomed by many of Georgia’s largest industries, such as
poultry processing, manufacturing, warehousing, tourism, and hospitality.

Welcoming Communities: America is the land of the free and the home of the brave. Welcoming refugees into our communities speaks to our commitment to this fundamental principle. Becoming a more welcoming community means more customers for our local businesses, more jobs created by immigrant entrepreneurs, and a thriving economy that benefits us all.

 

Contact Us: 

Emily Laney, Chair, CRSA; Metro Atlanta Regional Director, Lutheran Services of Georgia, 678-852-8396, elaney@lsga.org

Frances McBrayer, Vice Chair, CRSA; Sr. Director of Refugee Services, Catholic Charities Atlanta, 678-222-3950, FMcBrayer@catholiccharitiesatlanta.org

Fiona Freeman, Communications Chair, CRSA; Communications Coordinator, International Rescue Committee Atlanta, 678-636-8921, Fiona.Freeman@Rescue.org

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