RINJ #WithRefugees Coalition Member Report

The RINJ Foundation learned last week that our group of refugee orphans from Northern Iraq will be given sanctuary in Paris by Emmanuel Macron, President of France. Thank you so much Sir. Emmanuel.

by Melissa Hemingway, Senior Staff Writer, Feminine Perspective Magazine

Working in war zones, the RINJ global women’s medical services group encounters refugees in many facets of the organization’s health-care services.

#WithRefugees#WithRefugees – December 2016 – Northern Iraq – Photo by Katie Alsop, The RINJ Foundation

The RSACs offer free medical care to women, children and their families. Community related services such as victim advocacy, crisis hotlines, community outreach, & education programs are provided based on each RSAC’s resources at the discretion of the local RSAC Nurses Without Borders team.

  • Trauma care;
  • Physical injuries treatment and minor surgery;
  • Sexually transmitted disease detection treatment and prevention;
  • Sexual assault forensic testing;
  • Pregnancy issues, from abortion to delivering your baby;
  • Legal course of action counseling;
  • Criminal prosecution assistance;
  • Mental health care; and
  • all needed follow-up care.


The RINJ Foundation’s women’s health care nurses at RSAC facilities provide a full range of outpatient & walk-in services to rape survivors, sexual assault & gender-based violence of other types. Some RSACs offer periodical educational & counseling services inside hospitals, community centers, refugee camps, & learning institutes.

Currently one of the greatest challenges RINJ faces is the spread of communicable diseases like HIV, hepatitis and numerous other STI pathogens. That problem is particularly prevalent in Africa and Asia.


One of the issues the #WithRefugees Project faces is xenophobia which continues to increase around the world.

Our #WithRefugees petition which boasts over 2 million signatures, will close at the end of this month, but we will continue to use hashtag #WithRefugees, and keep the focus on the inclusion of refugees, supported by strong storytelling and updates. In 2019 we plan to have another World Tour- to encourage local events that bring communities together.

The coalition is now a diverse 475 member organization, led by the UNHCR within which RINJ is according to the project manager, going forward with the Coalition.

Our 2019  focus is on the issues of safe shelter, livelihoods, and education as well as the challenges facing refugee girls and women, connectivity and health.

One major milestone we work towards together  is the first-ever Global Refugee Forum, which will be held on 17-18 December 2019 in Geneva. FPM.news readers will be learning more as the year unfolds.

Message from the UN High Commissioner for Refugees to RINJ and fellow Coalition Members