About Refugee Social Services

The Refugee Social Services Program supports employability services and other services that address barriers to employment such as:

  • Social adjustment
  • Interpretation and translation
  • Day care for children
  • Citizenship and naturalization

Employability services are designed to enable refugees to obtain jobs within one year of becoming enrolled in the program. Refugees in the following categories receive service priority:

  • New arrivals in their first year in the U.S.
  • Those receiving cash assistance
  • Unemployed refugees not receiving cash assistance
  • Employed refugees in need of services to retain employment or to attain economic independence

Part of the Division of Refugee Assistance (DRA), the Refugee Social Services Program  allocates formula funds to states to serve refugees who have been in the U.S. less than five years.

Contact Information
Mitiku Ashebir
Director, Division of Refugee Assistance
Office of Refugee Resettlement
Administration for Children and Families
901 D Street, SW
Washington, DC 20447
Phone: 202.401.9246
Fax: 202.401.5487