Transforming The Lives of Refugees in Tucson, AZ

Refugee Integrated Services Provider Network (RISP-Net) is an advisory body of a variety of members of the Tucson Community who seek to:

  • Increase collaboration and communication among systems with a stake in the successful acculturation of refugees in Tucson, AZ.
  • Identify needs and issues impacting refugees’ effective utilization of/access to services and to advocate for the removal of barriers.
  • Reinforce strengths that refugees bring to this country and to promote opportunities for them to express those strengths.
  • Promote community-wide support for refugee youth so that they may lead successful lives
  • Share information and lessons learned at local, regional, and national levels.
  • Locate sources of funding to address identified needs and support each other to bring in new resources.
  • Bring the voices of refugees to the table.
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Beginnings
RISP-Net began as the Advisory Committee to La Frontera of Arizona Center’s Family Passages Program. La Frontera Center received a grant from the Center for Substance Abuse Prevention that funded family education and support for refugees resettling in Tucson, Arizona. Programming began to benefit refugees from the former Soviet Union, Yugoslavia and Central America.

Growth
Since its beginnings in 2002, Family Passages has served families from Somalia, Vietnam, Iraq, Bhutan, the Congo and others. In 2005, the members renamed the advisory committee and formed a broad-based coalition that serves all newcomer populations in Tucson. Currently RISP-NET is a tight-knit network of service providers and community members who are seeking to make refugee voices heard in Tucson, AZ.