Who We Serve
CAPI USA was founded as The Centre for Asian and Pacific Islanders in 1982 by a coalition of church groups helping Southeast Asian refugees settle in Minnesota in the aftermath of the Vietnam war. Since then, CAPI has embraced new refugees and immigrants from all over the world. In 2008, the agency changed its name to CAPI USA to reflect this increasingly multicultural focus and diverse client base.
We serve more than 12,000+ under resourced immigrants, refugees and people of color living primarily in Hennepin County. Approximately 61% are Asian, 19% are Black/African-American, 8% are Middle Eastern, 7% are Latinx, and 5% are White/Other. Over 95% of the people we serve are living at or below the federally designated poverty level.