The Office of Refugee Resettlement (ORR) at the Administration for Children and Families in the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) serves refugees, asylees, Cuban and Haitian entrants, Special Immigrant Visa holders, Amerasians, victims of human trafficking, repatriated Americans from abroad, and unaccompanied alien children. ORR promotes their economic and social well-being by providing these newly arrived populations with critical resources.
The Refugee Resettlement Program creates a path to self-sufficiency and integration for people displaced by war, persecution, and devastating loss. The first step on this path is helping refugees and other populations served by the program achieve economic self-sufficiency through ORR-funded employment services. Employment services equip ORR-served populations with skills, knowledge, and opportunities to succeed in the U.S. labor market. Social service programs build on the strengths of ORR-served populations as they continue on the path to becoming fully integrated members of their communities.
ORR also cares for unaccompanied alien children who are without lawful immigration status and without a parent or legal guardian. The Unaccompanied Alien Children Program provides unaccompanied alien children with a safe environment and client-focused care to better their opportunities for success both while in care and upon discharge from the program.
In FY 2017, ORR published a Federal Register notice announcing a reorganization based on an internal evaluation and feedback from external stakeholders. The purpose of the reorganization was to make ORR programs more efficient, responsible, and better organized to meet ORR’s statutory obligations. The reorganization also aimed to increase efficiencies and better align organizational structures with programmatic requirements and to increase the effectiveness of all ORR programs.
Under the reorganization, ORR realigned four programmatic divisions into two dedicated program offices, the Refugee Programs and the Unaccompanied Alien Children (UAC) Program and streamlined other divisional operations.