For the past 100 years, USCRI has helped shape our nation’s history. From publishing the first book on U.S. citizenship to helping refugees from war-torn places like Europe, Vietnam, Cuba, Burma, Iraq, and Sudan build new lives in the United States, USCRI has led the way in helping refugees and immigrants achieve their American dream. Below you’ll find a brief introduction to our current work with links to more in-depth descriptions of our programs.
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Refugee Resettlement & Employment
Refugees and immigrants bring a wealth of knowledge, talent and diversity with them to the United States. To use these assets to best benefit their families and communities, newcomers often need guidance and assistance. USCRI provides refugees and immigrants across the United States with the support, services and opportunities they need to rebuild their lives and enrich their communities. USCRI works through a nationwide network of partner agencies, community-based organizations, state and local governments, and private sector enterprises to provide refugees and immigrants with an array of essential services. From the first bewildering days after arrival, to the excitement of starting a new job, to the elation of purchasing a home or opening a business, USCRI works alongside our clients to make sure that they keep taking the next step towards their successful integration and active participation in the United States.
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Our International Programs defend the rights of refugees and asylum-seekers worldwide. USCRI identifies gaps between the treatment of displaced persons and the international standards specified in the 1951 Convention Relating to the Status of Refugees. We then bring these issues to the attention of the media, policymakers, and citizens around the world. Since 2004, USCRI has led a growing coalition of hundreds of NGOs to end refugee warehousing, a practice that confines refugees to remote camps, depriving them of their right to work, live, and move about freely.
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USCRI established the Immigrant Children's Legal Program (formerly the National Center for Refugee and Immigrant Children) in 2005 with support from UNHCR Goodwill Ambassador Angelina Jolie and the American Immigration Lawyers Association. Since 2005, we have recruited and trained lawyers, screened immigrant children for legal relief from deportation, provided children with free legal services, matched children with pro bono representation, and referred children to free health and social service providers.
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The National Human Trafficking Victim Assistance Project (NHTVAP) seeks to empower victims of labor and sex trafficking identified in the United States. The hardships for survivors do not end immediately after rescue; as they often do not know what resources are available to them. USCRI works with local case management service providers and equips them with the tools they need to assist adult and child survivors in their goal of self-sufficiency. NHTVAP also provides technical assistance to almost one hundred service providers to ensure quality case management in 28 states and six Pacific territories.
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