Please see the following resource links for information about advocacy, local service providers, and refugees.
The National Immigration Law Center – “The National Immigration Law Center is a national support center whose mission is to protect and promote the rights and opportunities of low-income immigrants and their family members.”
U.S. Committee for Refugees and Immigrants– The mission of the U.S. Committee for Refugees and Immigrants is to “address the needs and rights of persons in forced or voluntary migration worldwide by advancing fair and humane public policy, facilitating and providing direct professional services, and promoting the full participation of migrants in community life.”
Bridging Refugee Youth and Children’s Services– Information about/for refugee children and youth and their parents.
Cross Cultural Health Care Program– “Recognizing the diversity and the different ways to health, the mission of the Cross Cultural Health Care Program is to serve as a bridge between communities and health care institutions to ensure full access to quality health care that is culturally and linguistically appropriate.”
Ethnomed– Website which contains information about various cultures and cultural practices, plus translations of materials on various health topics.
Let Everyone Participate– U.S. Government website on linguistic access requirements for agencies that receive federal funds.
National Lawyers Guild – Contains post-9/11 “Know Your Rights” information in several languages
Social Security Administration – Multilingual website for the Social Security Administration
The Cultural Orientation Project– Information about U.S. Refugee Resettlement Program and specific refugee populations.
United States Office of Refugee Resettlement– Variety of information about refugees, asylees, and resettlement.
Social Service Organizations
The International Rescue Committee: Provides a critical global network of first responders, humanitarian relief workers, healthcare providers, educators, community leaders, activists, and volunteers.
Bureau of Citizenship and Immigration Services: Contains information about various immigration services. Individuals with a receipt number can check on status of their application/case.
Lutheran Immigration and Refugee Service– “We envision a world where all communities welcome refugees and migrants. Working in global partnerships and with faith-based communities, we welcome a transformation of our communities and ourselves when we receive the gifts of refugees and migrants, and draw strength and inspiration from diversity. We see ourselves as catalysts and conveners in the work of building welcoming communities, creating and sustaining opportunities for our partners to engage in ministries of service and justice.”
The Maryland Department of Human Resources– “We will aggressively pursue opportunities to assist people in economic need, provide prevention services, and protect vulnerable children and adults.”
Local Service Providers
Advocates for Survivors of Torture and Trauma– Provides comprehensive mental health care and social services to survivors of torture and war trauma.
Intercultural Counseling Connection– “A referral network of mental health professionals committed to providing culturally responsive counseling and therapeutic services for refugees in the greater Baltimore area.”
Community Conferencing Center- Uses restorative justice to safely, collectively and effectively prevent and resolve conflicts and crime.