The Refugee Service Center is a home to welcome refugees and those who have asylum status to Washington, DC. The center offers case management and employment support services to individuals and families as they seek to make a new start in the United States. The program helps these families to learn cultural norms about their new community in a safe environment and provides support in finding a job. It is our hope that the Refugee Service Center will be a welcoming place to all seeking a new home in our country.

Who We Help

  • Refugees
  • Asylees
  • Parolees from Cuba and Haiti
  • Social immigrant visa holders
  • Foreign-born victims of human trafficking
  • Services

We serve refugees and asylums who live in Washington, D.C., and survivors of human trafficking who reside in the Washington, D.C., metropolitan area.

What We Can Do

A culturally competent staff, offers refugees case management support, referrals for housing, assistance seeking employment, cultural education about the social customs and laws and navigating systems in the United States.

Case Management

At intake, clients meet privately with a qualified case manager who will provide them with:

  • A service plan
  • Counseling and guidance
  • Referrals to free English-language classes
  • Education and professional certification referrals, as needed
  • Referrals to pro bono (free) or low-cost immigration lawyers
  • Information about low-income housing, emergency shelter, and transitional homes

Employment Services

Refugee Center professionals and volunteers help clients find jobs by providing:

  • Employment orientation and job-readiness training (First Two Tuesdays of Every Month: 10 am – 4 pm)
  • Interview coaching and practice
  • Resume, cover letter and application assistance
  •  Connections with potential employers and access to on-site interviews
  • Referrals for free and low-cost job training and professional certification

What to Bring

Clients are welcome as walk-ins or by appointment. On the first visit, refugees and asylees should bring

  • Proof of DC residency
  • Asylum approval letter or immigration documents
  • I-94 card
  • Refugee document
  • Passport (for special immigrant visa holders)

Intake Hours:

Monday – Friday 9 am – 5 pm