National Agencies

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

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.

U.S. Office of Refugee Resettlement (ORR)

The Office of Refugee Resettlement (ORR) provides new populations with the opportunity to achieve their full potential in the United States. Our programs provide people in need with critical resources to assist them in becoming integrated members of American society.

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.

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RefAid is a free, user-friendly mobile app that helps refugees discover services and connect with service providers near them. Service providers can publish and update their services, promote events and popup resources, send push notifications to followers, and identify organizations near them for collaboration opportunities. Refugees can discover services near them, view hours and contact info, and map to service locations. Services are available in a variety of languages and the app saves offline so users can access service info 24/7, even without internet.
Available for download in the App Store & Google Play.

National Resettlement Agencies

The US government partners with 9 national resettlement agencies to help resettle refugees once they arrive to the US. These agencies then have offices across the country to support refugees as they start their lives in the US.

  • Church World Service (CWS) Image
    • Church World Service is a faith-based organization transforming communities around the globe through just and sustainable responses to hunger, poverty, displacement and disaster. CWS programs around the world fight hunger; support communities as they improve their access to water, sanitation and hygiene; and assist refugees and people who are in search of a safe home.
  • Episcopal Migration Ministries
    • In 2019, Episcopal Migration Ministries and its network of local affiliates welcomed over 1,602 refugees and 403 SIV’s (Special Immigrant Visa) from 27 countries in 14 communities. From the moment they arrive in their new communities, refugee clients receive care, hospitality, and assistance from professional affiliate staff and from the hundreds of generous church volunteers who welcome the stranger through this ministry each year.



  • Ethiopian Community Development Council Ethiopian Community Development Council Logo
    • Since its founding, ECDC has served newcomers representing diverse cultural backgrounds from around the world. Working locally, regionally and nationally, ECDC is a domestic, non-governmental organization authorized by the U.S. Department of State to resettle refugees. Our public education program aims to increase awareness within the wider community and among mainstream organizations about issues of concern to the newcomer community, and to African refugees and immigrant
  • Hebrew Immigrant Aid Society (HIAS)
    • Founded as the Hebrew Immigrant Aid Society in 1881, HIAS celebrates 139 years of helping refugees escape persecution and resettle in safety; reuniting families who have been separated; and helping them build new lives in safety and freedom. HIAS continues to resettle the most vulnerable refugees of all faiths and ethnicities from all over the world. We facilitate the application process for the most vulnerable refugees who can be resettled in countries around the world. In the U.S. we work with local social service organizations around the country to welcome refugees and help them integrate into their communities and build new lives.
  • International Rescue Committee (IRC)The International Rescue Committee responds to the world’s worst humanitarian crises and helps people whose lives and livelihoods are shattered by conflict and disaster to survive, recover and gain control of their future. In more than 40 countries and over 20 U.S. cities, our dedicated teams provide clean water, shelter, health care, education and empowerment support to refugees and displaced people.
  • Lutheran Immigration and Refugee Services (LIRS)
    • LIRSOver our 80 year history, LIRS has continued to evolve in order to better respond to the needs of migrants, refugees and asylum seekers. Today, we coordinate 6,000 volunteers nationwide with the help of more than 100 local affiliates.

  • United States Conference of Catholic Bishops (USCCB)
    • The USCCB Migration and Refugee Services (MRS) fulfills the commitment of the U.S. Catholic bishops to protect the life and dignity of the human person. We serve and advocate for refugees, asylees, migrants, unaccompanied children, and victims of human trafficking.


  • U.S. Committee for Refugees and Immigrants (USCRI)
    • USCRI’s Reception and Placement (R&P) Program is at the heart of our work with refugees. This public-private partnership with the U.S. Department of State has provided a safe haven for those who have fled their homes in fear of persecution for almost 50 years.  Since 1977, USCRI has worked across 34 sites nationally and assisted over 300,000 newcomers–connecting them to services. and building bridges to their communities.
  • World Relief (WR)
    • For over forty years as an official partner of the U.S. Department of State, World Relief has been providing the expertise, services and relational connections our new neighbors need to flourish. We are committed to mobilizing partner churches and local religious, social and civic organizations into action and advocacy on behalf of refugees and immigrants. We provide the tools and advice needed to empower partners to learn, advocate and live out their heart for the vulnerable