Key Information & Resources for Assisting Newcomers

Refugees in the US: The Situation

WRAPS (Worldwide Refugee Admissions Processing System) tracks the movement of refugees from various countries to the U.S. for resettlement. wrapsnet.org  (Click on “Reports” for arrivals by sending country and receiving U.S. state)

Office of Refugee Resettlement (ORR),U.S. Department of Health and Human Services: provides people in need with critical resources to assist them in becoming integrated members of American society. Site includes eligibility, services, statistics, integration and other resources. http://www.acf.hhs.gov/programs/orr

American Immigration Council: a non-profit, non-partisan organization based in Washington D.C. with legal, education, policy and exchange programs. http://www.americanimmigrationcouncil.org/ (has resource page on “Unaccompanied Children”. http://www.immigrationpolicy.org/just-facts/unaccompanied-children-resourcepage

Migration Policy Institute: an independent, nonpartisan, nonprofit think tank in Washington, DC dedicated to analysis of the movement of people worldwide. http://www.migrationpolicy.org

Maryland Office of Refugees and Asylees (MORA): provides support to federally-recognized refugees and political asylees to ease their integration into American society. http://www.dhr.state.md.us/blog/?page_id=3506

Montgomery County Services for Newcomers: A Sampling

For a comprehensive database of public and private agencies that provide health, education and human resources services in Montgomery County, go to infoMONTGOMERY at http://www.infomontgomery.org

CASA/WE ARE CASA a nonprofit regional community-based organization that works in MD, VA, & PA based in Hyattsville, MD that works to organize, advocate for, and expand opportunities for Latino and immigrant people. Programs include: employment, language and computer training, health education, citizenship and legal services. http://www.wearecasa.org/

Community Ministries of Rockville: provides healthcare, emergency assistance, language outreach, elderly ministries and advocacy. http://www.cmrocks.org

Family Services, Inc. (FSI): provides a wide array of programs and services including integrated and behavioral health, children, youth and families, victim and domestic violence and community support services. http://www.fs-inc.org/

Gilchrist Immigrant Resource Center: Montgomery County’s resource center that connects the county’s diverse communities with educational, economic and civic resources. Offers classes in English, computers and citizenship preparation. Four sites: Wheaton, Gaithersburg, Germantown and East County. Contact information: 240-777-4940 or www.montgomerycountymd.gov/gilchrist.

Interfaith Works: a nonprofit interfaith coalition that works to meet the needs of the poor and homeless by engaging Montgomery County’s faith communities in service, education and advocacy.  http://www.iworksmc.org

Manna Food Center: works to eliminate hunger through food distribution, food recovery, education and advocacy. http://www.mannafood.org/

Mental Health Association of Montgomery County (MHA): promotes mental wellness and supports those with mental illness (children, teens, families and seniors) through education, advocacy and community service programs. http://www.mhamc.org/html/index.html

Montgomery Coalition for Adult English Literacy (MCAEL): works to expand opportunities for high-quality English language and literacy instruction through programs in capacity building and public engagement. http://mcael.org/

Montgomery College Adult ESOL and Basic Skills for College and Careers Unit: provides classes on basic academic skills and GED® test preparation, English language, computer literacy and U.S. citizenship for college and entry-level employment. http://www.montgomerycollege.edu/wdce/aelg

Montgomery County Volunteer Center: connects individuals and groups to ongoing service opportunities and onetime projects in the community. http://www.montgomeryserves.org/

National Alliance on Mental Illness/Montgomery County (NAMI): helps through support, education, and advocacy. http://www.namimc.org/

World Organization for Resource Development and Education (WORDE): provides counseling, case management and youth development to refugee and immigrant families. http://www.worde.org/

Advocacy Resources

Interfaith Immigration Coalition: a national partnership of faith-based organizations committed to enacting fair and humane immigration reform. http://www.interfaithimmigration.org/

Interfaith Action for Human Rights: a mid-Atlantic coalition of faith communities that seeks to change the culture, policy or practices that violate human dignity. http://www.interfaithactionhr.org/

National Refugee Assistance Organizations

These organizations work outside of Maryland to assist refugees, asylees and Central American children fleeing violence. Their websites contain a wealth of information and resources on immigration issues, programs and advocacy.

Bridging Refugee Youth & Children Services Headquarters: Washington, DC http://www.brycs.org/

Church World Service (CWS) Headquarters: Elkart, IN, http://www.cwsglobal.org

Episcopal Migration Ministries (EMM), Headquarters: New York, NY
http://www.episcopalchurch.org/page/episcopal-migration-ministries

Hebrew Immigrant Aid Society (HIAS), Headquarters: Silver Spring, MD http://www.hias.org/

International Organization for Migration, Headquarters: Geneva, Switzerland https://www.iom.int/

Refugee Council USA (RCUSA), Headquarters: Washington, DC http://www.rcusa.org/

US Committee for Refugees and Immigrants (USCRI),
Headquarters: Arlington, VA  http://www.refugees.org

United States Conference of Catholic Bishops (USCCB), Headquarters: Washington, DC  http://www.usccb.org/

World Relief Corporation (WR), Headquarters: Baltimore, IN http://www.worldrelief.org/