We envision a world where refugees are connected global leaders building trans-continental movement work to advance meaningful freedom for all.
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.
The Partnership for the Advancement of New Americans (PANA) was founded in the recognition that the unique needs of San Diego’s growing refugee communities cannot be addressed by simple adjustments to existing ways of doing business. Instead, PANA uses an integrated advocacy approach to its research, public policy, and community organizing in order to build and leverage deep community networks, develop community leaders, and establish a civic engagement infrastructure for the refugee community.
San Diego County has resettled more refugees than any other city in California, and PANA is the first and only refugee-focused research and policy organization in the state. We are committed to supporting refugees in their journey for achieving economic and social transformation. PANA is committed to working with refugee communities in owning their power to bring about social change at the local, regional and national level. Our mission is to promote the fair treatment and equitable inclusion of refugee communities using organizing to achieve collective impact and policy change.
PANA is dedicated to increasing the number of leaders from refugee backgrounds who understand and work on the issues concerning New Americans. Positive social change occurs when individuals have an understanding of their personal experiences, they recognize & understand how political processes affect those experiences, and can work together to take action against injustice. Thus, PANA’s operating theory of change is Organizing + Policy = CHANGE. PANA creates space for refugee communities to prioritize and develop plans of action on issues of most concern to them without having their voices drowned out.
We envision a world where refugees are connected global leaders building trans-continental movement work to advance meaningful freedom for all. Our transformational vision is a world where refugees are connected global leaders building transcontinental movement work to advance meaningful freedom for all.
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