A Place for Everyone: Planning Efforts to Support Refugees Through the Resettlement Process

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In September 2016 the New York Upstate Chapter of the American Planning Association held its annual conference in Buffalo, New York. With the theme of “rustbelt reborn”, it was appropriate to hold a session on planning for refugee populations, as refugees have contributed significantly to Buffalo’s renaissance.  An overview of the resettlement process was provided, as well as presentations by civil society groups, a resettlement agency, and a representative from the local government. The session ended with a training to aid participants in thinking as to how planners can support refugee populations through resettlement. 

Our Team


Alex Judelsohn

Programs Manager

Global Health Equity

Samina Raja

Co-Director and Founding Co-Lead, Community for Global Health Equity; Co-Lead, Food Equity Team; Project Lead, Plan REFUGE; Professor

Urban and Regional Planning

233C Hayes Hall

Phone: 716-829-5881

Email: sraja@buffalo.edu

Steven Sanyu


Burmese Community Services, Inc.

Ryan Trubits

Lead Case Manager

Journey's End Refugee Services, Inc.

Jessica Lazarin


City of Buffalo Office for New Americans

Tracy King

Communications Director and Assistant to Director

City of Buffalo Office for New Americans

Danielle Vasquez.

Danielle Vasquez

Graduate Student

Management and Public Health and Health Professions