Immigrant and Refugee Community Organization

The Immigrant and Refugee Community Organization (IRCO) serves the holistic needs of immigrants, refugees, and mainstream community members in Oregon and SW Washington. As a community-based organization, we empower children, youth, families and elders from around the world to build new lives and become self-sufficient by providing more than 150 culturally and linguistically specific social services. Services include employment and training, case management, tutoring and mentoring, language services, community development, senior services, and more.

Our vision is to be a leader of community driven, innovative programs delivered by compassionate staff who create equitable services that empower immigrants, refugees and underserved communities.

https://www.irco.org/

Police Encounters For Non Citizens, a Legal Aid Society publication

This publication advises non-citizens, and particularly undocumented non-citizens, how to interact with the police. If you are undocumented, the publication advises you:

1. Do not provide government officials information about your immigration status.
2. Do not lie.
3. Do not give false documents or carry false documentation. You do not have to tell or provide your country of birth.
4. Do not carry papers from another country. If you do, the government can use this information in a deportation proceeding.
5. Always make sure to make an emergency plan with your loved ones (in case you are detained or deported).
6. Do not sign anything at all without understanding what you are signing. If you do not understand, ask for an interpreter.

The brief publication provides other important and extremely helpful tips. It was distributed at workshops across New York City but does not appear to be posted on the Legal Aid Society website, or at least I can’t find it there. This copy appears on the website of the Council of Peoples Organization. The publication was also available in Spanish at the workshops, but I have not located the Spanish-language version online.

http://copo.org/wp-content/uploads/2017/03/Police-encounters-English.pdf

How to use this site

WELCOME!

This site is designed to provide high quality, relevant, reliable, and timely resources for persons assisting immigrant, refugee, and displaced persons populations and for the members of those populations themselves. We have broke out the contents into sections about Advocacy, Employment, Government Agencies, Health, Legal Aid, Libraries, and Youth and Family. There are also breakouts based on geographic location. You can also search the site and we have used metadata tags to cross reference everything as much as possible.

Please browse around and find the resources that are best for you and your populations.

Jewish Family Services of Washtenaw County

JFS of Washtenaw County assists with pre-arrival processing and reception for refugees resettling in the Ann Arbor area. They provide orientation, case management, basic necessities, English and citizenship classes, short-term counseling, classes in American culture, employment services, and document translation.

Website includes Request for Help form, email address, phone number, physical address, and hours of operation.

https://jfsannarbor.org/programs-services/international-services/resettlement/

Somali Association of Arizona

The Somali Association of Arizona provides educational and community resources to help the Somali community to integrate into American society. Services include English classes, cultural orientation, housing, assistance, home furnishings, immigration services, health and wellness, women’s and children’s services, youth services, employment services, and tutoring.

http://somaliaz.com/

Tennessee Immigrant and Refugee Rights Coalition

Tennessee Immigrant and Refugee Rights Coalition (TIRRC) is a statewide immigrant and refugee advocacy group that hold citizenship and rights awareness workshops. TIRRC works in local communities to provide integration services for immigrants as well as outreach to community members to build support for new immigrant communities. Citizenship workshops provide practical assistance to eligible individuals. TIRRC also offers programs that promote civic engagement for new citizens. The Coalition also provides a forum to report rights abuses, register vote, and submit Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) applications.

http://www.tnimmigrant.org/