Refugee-Serving Organizations

Local Agencies

Horizons for Refugee Families

Horizons is a non-profit refugee mutual assistance association where refugees can feel at home with native languages, child-friendly meeting space, traditional learning styles, and culturally-appropriate assistance in achieving financial and social self-sufficiency. Horizons was founded in 2004 as a refugee mutual assistance association. This organization serves all refugees, prioritizing pre-literate, low income refugees for services. Horizons for Refugee Families advocates, educates and empowers refugee families and naturalized refugee citizens to create sustainable lives in Arizona.

Iskashitaa Refugee Network

Iskashitaa is dedicated to working cooperatively together with United Nations refugees to help them better integrate into the Tucson community by creating opportunities to use their knowledge and skills. Their programs include harvesting, food preservation workshops, sewing and crafts classes, English as a Second Language classes, pool safety and swimming classes, and family mentoring.

La Frontera Arizona, Inc.

La Frontera provides innovative solutions to complex problems, we work with community partners to build a safe, strong, and healthy Arizona. La Frontera havs the resources and expertise to address issues of behavioral health, housing, family and children’s services, employment, crisis intervention, and community and cultural education.

Liberian Association of Tucson

Tucson International Alliance of Refugee Communities, Inc. (TIARC)

TIARC is a Mutual Assistance Association (MAA) whose mission is to promote the integration and development of refugee/immigrant communities and mutual assistance associations (MAAs) in the Tuscon Community. TIARC provides linkages between refugee and immigrant communities and local mainstream organizations and associations; Promotes better understanding and cooperation within and among communities. – Advocates on the local, national, and international levels on issues ofimportance to the refugee/immigrant populations; and builds partnerships with government, private organizations, foundations and businesses.

Tucson Refugee Ministry (TRM)

Tucson Refugee Ministry educates and mobilizes churches in Tucson to reach out to their refugee neighbors. TRM serves as a catalyst to engage church groups with newly arrived refugee families, by partnering with the resettlement agencies.
Executive Director: Cherie Gray (cherie@refugeeministry.com)

Tucson Unified School District-Refugee Services

The mission of Refugee Services is to empower students and families in their pursuit of education and a prosperous life in their new home country.Our department bridges the language barrier, cultural divide, and formal schooling differences through the use of student and family mentor specialists who know the language and culture of refugee students and families. TUSD has over 800 refugee students in 33 elementary schools, 18 middle and K-8 schools, and 11 high schools. TUSD’s refugee students represent 52 countries and speak 38 different languages. The five most common languages spoken at home are Nepalese, Arabic, Somali, Kirundi, and Swahili.

Resettlement Agencies

Catholic Community Services of the Southwest (CCS)

Migration and Refugee Services of Catholic Social Service provides resettlement services for refugees as defined by Section 101 (a) (42) of the Immigration and Nationality Act (INA). It is an affiliate of the Unites States Conference of Catholic Bishops Migration and Refugee Services (USCCB-MRS). Catholic Social Service/Migration and Refugee Services is a client-centered program that assists refugees to become self-sufficient. The program provides an array of services that include, but are not limited to, housing assistance, transportation, short-term financial aid, English classes, employment services, referral services, cultural and community orientations, interpretation and translation services. The program provides intensive case management and employment services and trainings that include prep-cook class, CNA class, housekeeping class, and on-site employment skills training.

IRC Tucson The International Rescue Committee in Tucson (IRC)

IRC Tucson offers a range of services to refugees throughout Southern Arizona, including job training, financial education, behavioral health, refugee well-being, immigration assistance and citizenship classes. A full description of our services follows. For more information about the IRC in Tucson, visit www.rescue.org/tucson, call (520) 319-2128 or e-mail Tucson@Rescue.org.

Refugee FOCUS

Refugee and Immigration Services Division–Refugee FOCUS–is an affiliate of Lutheran Immigration and Refugee Services and Episcopal Migration Ministries. Refugee FOCUS assists newly arriving refugees through resettlement and placement services which include welcoming refugees, housing support, orientation trainings and case management. Refugee FOCUS provides extended case management, adjustment services and employment services through the Match Grant Program and State Refugee Services contracts. Refugee FOCUS is dedicated to assisting refugees in adjusting to life in the United States and to being productive community members. Refugee FOCUS is BIA accredited and can assist with immigration services such as adjustment of status and citizenship applications.

State Agencies

Arizona Refugee Resettlement Program

The Arizona Refugee Resettlement Program (RRP) supports and advances successful refugee resettlement through the coordination of public and private resources that best enable refugees and other eligible beneficiaries to be firmly established on the path to success and well being. Their website includes information about resettlement, programs, events, and resource materials.

National Agencies

U.S. Department of State, Bureau of Population, Refugees and Migration

The Bureau of Population, Refugees, and Migration provides aid and sustainable solutions for refugees, victims of conflict and stateless people around the world, through repatriation, local integration, and resettlement in the United States. PRM also promotes the United States’ population and migration policies.

Bridging Refugee Youth and Children’s Services (BRYCS)

Bridging Refugee Youth and Children’s Services (BRYCS) provides national technical assistance to organizations serving refugees and immigrants so that all newcomer children and youth can reach their potential. Their site is a valuable source of information on child welfare, schools, family strengthening, youth development, and promising practices. It has an extensive clearinghouse.