Refugee Support & Resources

Friends - the humanitarian crises occurring in Afghanistan and Haiti are impacting families here in Santa Clara County, and many of our local community organizations are taking an active role in helping families here and abroad. Here are some resources and ways to help:

International Rescue Committee - Rescue.org
The mission of the IRC is to help people whose lives and livelihoods are shattered by conflict and disaster to survive, recover, and gain control of their future. Instability in Afghanistan is putting the lives of thousands of civilians at risk. Donate now to help the IRC support Afghan families and people in crisis worldwide. Click HERE to learn more.

Women for Afghan Women - WomenForAfghanWomen.org
Women for Afghan Women (WAW) is the largest women’s organization in Afghanistan, with over 850 local Afghan staff working tirelessly to provide support services to women, children, and families. Click HERE to learn more.

IRAP, International Refugee Assitance Program - RefugeeRights.org
For years, IRAP has been on the frontlines of the fight to bring vulnerable Afghans to safety through direct legal services, litigation, and advocacy. Click HERE to learn more.

Social Services Agency - Santa Clara County
SSA has the Refugee Employment and Elderly Services Program. The program provides employment services to refugees including vocational English as a Second Language classes, job placement, job retention, computer labs, and other additional workshops. The elderly services include English as a Second Language classes, outreach to mainstream services, services to aid with independent living, and aid with naturalization. Social Services also can connect refugees with benefits and Medi-cal. Steven Mantegani, Refugee Coordinator from Social Services Agency. Click HERE for the Social Services Agency website.

TB/Refugee Clinic at Valley Medical Center - San José, CA
Provides health assessments to the newly arrived refugees, SIVs, and asylees 
Click HERE for more information

Pars Equality Center - San José, CA & Los Angeles, CA
Pars supports immigrant communities to realize their full potential as informed, self-reliant, and responsible members of the American society.

Pars Equality Center achieves its mission primarily by providing extensive social and legal services. Our multi-lingual-staff including case managers and attorneys serve the needs of our community by providing a full range of professional social services and legal representation. Click HERE to learn more.

South Bay Afghan Islamic Community Centre - San José, CA
Connect with local members and activities with the South Bay Afghani community. Contact Information Link

Jewish Family Services of Silicon Valley - San José, CA
JFS of SIlicon Valley has been an outstanding partner for our refugee and displaced residents and families. Click HERE for information about refugees in Santa Clara County Information and Click HERE for Refugee Services.

Catholic Charities - Santa Clara County, San José, CA
Catholic Charities continues to provide support and resources for many local immigrant families. The have a special program that helps to resettles unaccompanied refugee minors. Click HERE for more information about their refugee program.  

Afghan Coalition - Fremont, CA
Based in Fremont, this organization supports the Afghani community in the Bay Area, including with wellness programs. Click HERE to learn more

American Red Cross, Silicon Valley Chapter - San José, CA
The Red Cross continues to be a leading partner for helping families impacted by emergencies or natural disasters. Click HERE for information about the San José location.

NEWS LINKS
Click HERE for U.S. State Department Statement on Refugee Admissions Program Priority 2 Designation for Afghan Nationals

Click HERE for NPR article on ways to help Afghanistan Refugees

Click HERE for Washington Post article on ways to help Afghanistan Refugees

Click HERE for United Nations Human Rights Commission report on Afghanistan

Click HERE for ABC7 Bay Area news coverage on ways to help Haiti

 

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