United States of America Regional Office


The UNHCR’s Regional Office in Washington covers operations in the United States, 15 Caribbean states and 9 overseas territories including Antigua and Barbuda, the Bahamas, Barbados, Belize, Dominica, Dominican Republic, Grenada, Guyana, Haiti, Jamaica, St. Kitts and Nevis, St. Lucia, St. Vincent and the Grenadines, Suriname and Trinidad and Tobago; the British overseas territories of Anguilla, Bermuda, British Virgin Islands, Cayman Islands, Montserrat and Turks and Caicos Islands; and the Dutch overseas territories of the Kingdom of the Netherlands: Aruba, Curacao and Sint Maarten. 

Operation: Opération: United States of America Regional Office



Latest update of camps and office locations 21  Nov  2016. By clicking on the icons on the map, additional information is displayed.

Key Figures

2017 planning figures
85% of all resettlement places will be allocated to submissions from UNHCR
75% of status determination procedures will meet the minimum procedural standards advocated by UNHCR
16% of stateless persons will be granted nationality or have their nationality confirmed

People of Concern Personnes relevant de la compétence du HCR

Increase in
2015 696,796
2014 667,000
2013 559,875


[["Refugees",274088],["Asylum-seekers",287813],["Stateless",134747],["Others of concern",148]]
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United States of America Regional Office

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  • 2017

Year-end Overview

Plan Overview

Working environment

UNHCR will continue to advocate measures to strengthen protection systems in the United States of America and Caribbean States and territories, including reducing reliance on detention and expedited removal procedures, as well as addressing legislative gaps. Effective engagement with governments and partners will be critical in 2017 to combat xenophobia, reinforce access to protection and ensure that the subregion is responsive to refugee needs globally. Further, in the Dominican Republic, UNHCR will continue to work with the authorities to expedite the issuance of identify and civil status documents to those eligible under existing law.

Key priorities

In 2017 UNHCR will focus on:
  • maintaining effective donor relations and engagement with all other stakeholders concerned with global refugee protection;
  • working with civil society and the media to sensitize communities to the plight of refugees;
  • monitoring and supporting the implementation of new screening mechanismsfor use in the context of mixed movements, as well as developing standard procedures to ensure safe and regular access to territory for asylum-seekers. This is a priority in the United States of America and in some Caribbean States;
  • pursuing nationality solutions for people born in Dominican Republic who did not receive nationality under the existing legal framework, while continuing registration of stateless persons in the Dominican Republic and Haiti; and
  • making progress toward the eradication of statelessness in the United States of America by advocating for legislative solutions, raising awareness and conducting statelessness determinations or formally intervening in selected cases.