About

Removing Barriers. Fostering Inclusion. 

The Ethnic Minorities of Burma Advocacy and Resource Center (EMBARC) was originally founded in 2011 to help new refugees from Burma successfully settle in Iowa. In 2016, our reach expanded to serve other newly arriving refugee groups from the Congo, Syria and Eritrea.

As Iowa’s first and only refugee-led service provider, our approach is different. EMBARC better understands not only the challenges, but also the dreams and potential of refugee families. We believe that in order to help a community, the individuals within must feel empowered to help themselves.

By serving as the collective voice of different ethnic groups, EMBARC strives to address shared issues and uplift all refugee communities. Our ultimate goal is to create opportunities for all refugees in Iowa by removing barriers and fostering equity and inclusion.

EMBARC is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization located in Des Moines, Iowa, with a satellite office in Waterloo, and programs statewide.

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