The Team


Our Story

We are a group of university students, recent graduates, and professionals based primarily in Boston, Massachusetts. We have a variety of backgrounds, but our passion for innovating solutions to the current refugee crisis—as well as future crises—has brought us all together under Urban Refuge. What began in a Boston University classroom as 25 women and an idea is now a full-fledged organization. 

Urban Refuge leverages technology to address information asymmetries in the urban refugee experience. Using geo-coded locations, the mapping function connects urban refugees with a variety of local assistance opportunities not easily located using traditional addresses. The app also provides links to online resources such as jobs boards, informal and formal education programs, and legal rights information. By linking refugees with existing services and information through an easy-to-use dashboard, we aim to both improve the urban refugee experience and address administrative inefficiencies that arise when service access is largely through word of mouth.

Our Mission



“We wanted to design a tool for the refugee crisis that was unlike any other.”

— Professor Noora Lori, founding member