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Our Programs

Our programs and services are organized as follows:

 

Immigration Legal Services Department

• Assistance in completing immigration questionnaires (legal intake forms)

 

• Assistance in drafting a statement of facts about what occurred in the participant's country of origin

 

• Provide up to 2 referrals to legal service providers who carry out pro bono consultations for potential immigration relief.

 

• Provide participants with educational presentations about:

   - Asylum and Special Immigrant Juvenile Status (SIJIS)

   - Immigration court proceedings

   - Reunification process for families with children

 

As of May 25, 2022, the Refugee Children Center is now a recognized organization by the Recognition and Accreditation Program (R&A) from the United States Department of Justice.

 

An organization is “recognized” when the Department of Justice (DOJ)/Executive Office for Immigration Review (EOIR) gives a nonprofit organization in the United States permission to practice

immigration law through Accredited Representatives before the DHS only (partial accreditation) or before the DHS and the EOIR (full accreditation). The EOIR includes the immigration courts and the BIA.

By regulation, a non-profit, federally tax-exempt, religious, charitable, social service, or similar organization established in the United States that has been approved for recognition is called a DOJ-Recognized Organization.

 

Beginning August 8, 2022, the RCC launched a working plan to provide additional assistance with certain United States citizenship and immigration services (USCIS) by helping to prepare immigration forms and providing support with these.

 
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Children and Families’ Department

Social Services

• Links to support services, including mental health resources, Medi-Cal enrollment, rent relief information and housing assistance.

• Continuous in-person and over-the-phone support for children who go through everyday life, including crisis management, school enrollment, over-the-phone interpretation and counseling to find information and resources in their preferred language.

 

Enrichment Activities for children:

• Monthly in-person art interventions including art therapy

• In-person youth empowerment gatherings and field trips to cultural

centers for children and youth

• Weekly in-person music lessons from Nueva Vision Community School

• Tutoring and Mentoring opportunities for children and youth

 

Enrichment Activities for caregivers and legal guardians

Cooking for the Soul: A space for participants to lead their own cooking class and teach other participants how to cook dishes traditional to their home countries (El Salvador, Honduras, and Guatemala).

 

Each month a participant will be invited to lead the class and other participants are invited to join, learn, and co-teach. This collaborative effort allows for rich conversations on the flora and fauna present in their home countries, what can be made with them, and how each community utilizes the items for food, medicine, and more!

 

This program offers our participants to get connected to their roots and share their stories, talents, and culinary skills with others. Healing and Wellness Workshops for caregivers: A safe space for participants to share everyday life experiences and connections.

 

Raising young children and teens while being a single, working mother on a minimum wage and simultaneously undergoing a legal immigration process in a foreign country, is emotionally and physically draining. Each session provides an opportunity to self-reflect and also suggest self-care idea.

Graduation Caps

Personal development

• Referrals and case management to support participants’ personal and

professional goals

• Referrals to ESL classes, free tax assistance, employment resourcesand more

• Membership to COOPERE (Cooperativa de personas Refugiadas).

   The refugee cooperative is an initiative that seeks to inspire and equip refugees    

   and migrants, particularly women, to become financially independent and self-

   sufficient.

• Support in submissions for a higher education RCC scholarship application

• Guidance in job-seeking and finding resources, such as classes and training

Food Box

Basic Needs and Food Relief

• Assistance in general information and resources for families

  who experience food insecurity.

• Enrollment in our weekly Food and Basic Needs Relief Program

   that assists our participants with food donations, diapers,

   baby wipes, formula, among other basic needs.

• Weekly clothing and general donation distribution (by appointment)