Embrace Refugees

The arduous process refugees seeking resettlement to the US must endure.


Of all the people who come to this country, refugees are subjected to the most rigorous forms of screening. Candidates are evaluated for security risks and health issues on nine different levels, and the process takes about 18 to 24 months. Not all candidates are accepted.

A tablet, desktop monitor, and laptop displaying different web pages on resettlement, refugee rights, and related information. The background is split diagonally with orange on the left and red on the right.
An image with four icons and labels: a signpost labeled "Cultural Adjustment," a matrix of symbols labeled "Money Management," a courthouse labeled "Rights & Responsibility," and a train labeled "Transportation.
Three smartphones display various screens from a refugee services app against a red and purple background. The screens show information about applying for refugee status, conducting background checks, and statistics about the global refugee crisis.

The US has long been a leader in helping people who are fleeing violence and persecution find a safe place for their families to live. For decades, citizens and policy makers have come together to make this happen. In fact, five of the nine agencies that help refugees find homes in the US are from a variety of faiths. Americans from all religions and political leanings believe that helping refugees is the right thing to do.

A large group of people are boarding a blue train at an outdoor train station. The train is covered in graffiti, and there is a green trash bin in the foreground. The sky is clear and blue.
A computer monitor displaying a website with a header that reads "THE LONG SEARCH FOR A NEW HOME." The background shows a group of people standing near a train. Below the header is a button labeled "START THE JOURNEY." The website footer credits the International Rescue Committee.

The opportunity

The Hyperakt team interviewed refugees, spoke with resettlement agencies and officials at the State Department, and conducted secondary research in order to craft the story from the ground up. Through an easy-to-digest chapter structure, split-screen design, bright colors, iconography, and vivid photography, we turned an otherwise dense and dry topic into a digital experience that informs and inspires.

The image shows three laptops side-by-side, each displaying different pages of a presentation or report about refugee status and security. Themes include compliance checks, priority groups, and interview procedures, with content sections in white, red, and purple backgrounds.
Icons representing different categories of discrimination: religion (praying figures), race (figures of different colors), nationality (flags), social group (figures embracing), and political opinion (figures holding protest signs). Each icon has a teal and orange color scheme.
A laptop displaying a webpage split into teal and purple backgrounds. The teal section on the left reads "Refugees begin a new life in the U.S." with social media icons below it. The white section on the right contains text about the support provided to refugees.
A hand holding a smartphone displaying a website with the text "WELCOME HOME" and "America is a country founded on the contributions of immigrants and refugees. It's not about us or them. We're all the same." The background shows three people walking and talking.
Three laptops displaying different screens. The first laptop shows a close-up of a person using a device. The second laptop displays a yellow background with text and an image of a child with a doctor. The third laptop shows a red background with text.
Three icons representing health issues. Left: a brain with a frown labeled "Mental Disorders." Center: a bacterium labeled "Communicable Diseases." Right: a syringe, pill, and bottle labeled "Drug Addiction." All icons use minimalistic red and orange line art.
An iPhone and iPad display text about the medical check for contagious diseases each refugee undergoes. The text highlights the importance of complying with US public health regulations and features an image of a medical professional with a refugee.

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