The Partnership for the Advancement of New Americans (PANA) is a research, public policy, and community organizing hub dedicated to advancing the full economic, social, & civic inclusion of refugees.
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Social Change Strategies

Civic Engagement

PANA has a regional approach to refugee civic engagement during and in between elections to build a visible and powerful refugee electorate. During the June 2016 primary, we:

  • contacted over 2,490 refugee voters
  • identified 1,463 pledged voters
  • trained 16 young leaders
  • increased turnout by almost 11%

Proactive Narratives

Stay tuned for the imminent launch of the Newcomer.life which will host short video stories on newcomer contributions and welcoming exchanges to counter anti-refugee rhetoric.

Newcomer.life will offer easy ways to #ShowUp4Refugees by offering a toolkit, making calls to action, and providing volunteer opportunities.

Policy + Campaigns

The Refugee Act of 1980 named "immediate employment" the prime objective of resettlement.

We need realistic resettlement strategies that support investments in the long-term economic self-sufficiency of newcomer families. 



To promote the fair treatment and equitable inclusion of refugee communities using organizing to achieve collective impact and policy change.

Refugees are people forcibly displaced due to a profound fear of persecution based on religion, race, nationality, and/or political opinion.
The United States has resettled 3+ million refugees since 1975 and San Diego alone has resettled over 82,000.


We envision a world where refugees are connected global leaders building trans-continental movement work to advance meaningful freedom for all.


Our Team

Ramla Sahid
Executive Director
(619) 732-6793

Ismahan Abdullahi
Director of Civic Engagement
and Community Partnerships
(858) 429-9302


Mustafa Dib
Community Organizer

Homayra Yusufi-Marin
Sr. Policy Strategist