Sasha Chanoff is a notable aid organizer and humanitarian, having rescued thousands of African refugees. He is co-founder and executive director of RefugePoint, a humanitarian assistance organization that identifies endangered people, often children in Africa, and provides assistance to them. Generally this involves coordinating their resettlement by providing resources and working with immigration authorities in countries such as the United States, Canada, Australia, and elsewhere. Chanoff uses mass media to encourage donations and to increase public awareness of the refugee situation.
Chanoff has worked for two decades in refugee rescue, relief and resettlement operations in Africa and the United States. Prior to launching RefugePoint, Sasha consulted with the Office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees in Kenya and worked with the International Organization for Migration throughout Africa. Sasha has worked extensively with many refugee populations, including Sudanese Lost Boys, Somali Bantus, Congolese Tutsis-at-risk, Liberians and Sierra Leonians among others. He has appeared on 60 Minutes as well as in other national and international TV, radio and print media outlets. Chanoff has also lectured, presented and given keynote speeches at universities and international refugee conferences. He is also a published author on refugee issues.
In a 92Y speaker video, Chanoff discusses his newest book From Crisis to Calling: Finding Your Moral Center in the Toughest Decisions. He details how leaders must access their moral compasses when making decisions in crises. He also chronicles his own story of survival as a young aid worker in the war-torn Congo, and how he was able to find his own moral compass when peoples’ lives were on the line.