CAPI USA, originally called The Centre for Asian and Pacific Islanders, was founded in 1982 by a coalition of church groups helping refugees arriving in Minnesota from Southeast Asia in the aftermath of the Vietnam conflict. These refugees included people speaking many languages with many cultural traditions. Some refugees were from urban areas; others had never seen modern conveniences.
In the decades that followed, CAPI embraced new refugees and immigrants from all over the world, including East and West Africa, India, Nepal, Myanmar, Bhutan, Thailand and Burma, among others. These groups have turned to CAPI for help as they begin their journeys towards self-determination and social equity. In 2008, the agency changed its name to CAPI USA to reflect its multicultural focus.
CAPI USA has developed a broad continuum of programs and strategies to help people maneuver the unique demands of living in the U.S. and to promote self-sufficiency, community building and leadership.
CAPI USA’s recent strategic planning process reaffirmed the agency’s mission of guiding immigrants and refugees in their journey toward self-determination and social equality with assistance from a diverse, multi-lingual and caring staff, committed to holistic, affirming services to help people of all nationalities adapt, lead successful and productive lives, and give back to our Twin Cities regional community.