Our Mission

 An empty boat on the riverways of seemingly-peaceful Northern Rakhine State, Myanmar, just days before the Rohingya Crisis erupted there.  Photo by Ashley S. Kinseth. 

An empty boat on the riverways of seemingly-peaceful Northern Rakhine State, Myanmar, just days before the Rohingya Crisis erupted there. Photo by Ashley S. Kinseth. 

Mission statement

The Stateless Dignity Project advocates for the safety and dignity of stateless individuals and families worldwide, including through public advocacy, international diplomacy, and eventually, through direct legal services. Our organization strives above all to find safe, welcoming homes for refugees and displaced persons suffering as a result of their lack of citizenship.  

As a young organization founded in April 2018, we currently have one program underway: the Rohingya Program, which focuses on the needs of well over one million refugees around the world—nearly one million of whom currently reside in refugee camps in Bangladesh—as well as for displaced and other Rohingya still living in Myanmar. 

How we work

Stateless Dignity adopts a three-pronged approach to advancing the wellbeing of stateless people:

  1. Media-based Advocacy and Journalism.  As a threshold and always-ongoing strategy, Stateless Dignity utilizes various social media and other web-based platforms (including In the meantime, we also welcome submissions for possible publication here.  If you are interested in contributing, we'd love to hear from you and, hopefully, feature or link to your work here and/or on our various social media accounts (including TwitterFacebookInstagram, and LinkedIn) to advocate for the rights of stateless groups, both those for whom we currently have ongoing programs (most notably, the Rohingya) and others.  To the extent possible, we also aim to publish articles in international media outlets decrying abuses against stateless groups and urging the international community to commit time and resources to their needs.
  2. International Diplomacy. As an intermediate step, Stateless Dignity engages directly with governments and government officials in an effort to find safe, welcoming asylum countries for stateless persons and families who wish to relocate and/or pursue work or education in other countries.  To that end, we strive to work not only with potential asylum countries, but also with countries who are reluctant to shelter stateless groups.  We do so in an effort to find safe, cost-effective, and legal means of passage for stateless persons from their present homes to willing host nations. 
  3. Direct Services. In the long run, Stateless Dignity aims to provide direct assistance to those persons and families seeking to relocate and/or return to their ancestral homelands in Myanmar.  We plan to help these stateless people to make the journey safely, affordably, and legally to those nations that are willing to host them, and where they will be able to pursue their own dreams.  Be it for their own work or education, for that of their children, or, at the most fundamental level, for the simple enjoyment of being treated with basic human dignity: it is only once the challenge of mere survival is overcome that life's other joys, challenges, and rewards can be pursued.