Alaska Refugee Needs Assessment

css cssAccording to the United Nations, less than 1 percent of the 16.7 million refugees worldwide are given a chance at resettlement in  a new home country — the majority ending up in the United States. These displaced people come from areas as different as Somalia, Iraq, Sudan and Myanmar, and for some, their final destination is a strange land called Alaska. Helping them through the challenges of building new lives in a brand new context falls on an understanding and supportive community. On the next Addressing Alaskans, hear preliminary findings of the Alaska Refugee Needs Assessment project, a partnership between the University of Alaska Anchorage psychology department and Catholic Social Services’ Refugee Assistance and Immigration Services.

Listen Now:


  • Rebecca Robinson, assistant professor of psychology, UAA
  • Jessica Kovarik, director, Refugee Assistance and Immigration Services (Catholic Social Services)
  • Issa Braman, refugee education employment coordinator, Refugee Assistance and Immigration Services (Catholic Social Services)
  • Steffanie La Torre, clinical psychology student, UAA

BROADCAST ON KSKA: Tuesday, April 7, 2015 at 2:00 p.m. (Alaska time)

REPEAT BROADCAST: Tuesday, April 7, 2015 at 9:00 p.m. (Alaska time)

RECORDED: Friday, March 27, at the University of Alaska Anchorage

HOST: UAA Center for Community Engagement and Learning


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