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The Collaborative Refugee and Rights Information Center (CRRIC) has evolved from its predecessor, the Collaborative Refugee and Immigrant Information Center (CRIIC). CRIIC, created under the direction of the Center for Cultural Dynamics, was a regional referral and information database intended to assist people working with refugees and immigrants in the Rocky Mountain region. Begun in 1992, it was the area's first computer bulletin board for service providers and those conducting mental health and human rights-specific refugee and immigrant research.

The database was divided into two areas, the first being a compilation of bibliographic citations on a variety of topics within the larger framework of refugee and immigrant mental health. CRIIC also had an extensive hard-copy library which contained copies of many of the works listed in the computer. The second area was a listing of service providers in the Rocky Mountain region and included such pertinent information as addresses, as well as key contacts and specific ethnic groups on which a provider may concentrate.

In January of 1997 CCD evolved the CRIIC database into this homepage for refugee mental health and human rights thus allowing the information formerly limited to one computer to be accessible through the internet. As before, one can obtain abstracts and bibliographies produced by those at the University of Denver and other scholars, as well as the addresses and phone numbers of key service providers in the Rocky Mountain region. In addition, selected items from the former CRIIC library are still available for those seeking hard copies of bibliographic citations.

Building on the work that was originally done for this website, the site has been expanded to better accommodate information on human rights. Reflecting this change, in 2015 the name of the center changed to the Collaborative Refugee and Rights Information Center (CRRIC) to better reflect the current needs and users of the website.

Since its creation, CRRIC has expanded to include a number of other resources and resource hyperlinks. Among the most important of these are African Initiatives and Students for Africa both based at the Josef Korbel School of International Studies at the University of Denver. Humanitarian, human rights, and development information -- not all of which deals with refugees and immigrants -- now is central.