News from Oakland, CA
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Meet the RAI Scholarship Recipient in Oakland!
Earlier this year RAI-US launched the Pathways to Careers in Resettlement, Asylum, and Integration Scholarship Opportunity, as a new resource to diversify and enhance the talent pipeline, specifically targeting RAI-US internships. The scholarship’s main objective is to promote career paths in humanitarian work for BIPOC and/or immigrant populations and further our commitment to a diverse and inclusive internship experience. After receiving 35 applications from RAI-US interns, 8 interns have been selected to receive a $5,000 scholarship. One of those 8 was chosen from our local office in Oakland. Oakland is excited to introduce this year’s scholarship recipient: Gianna D’Arrigo !
Volunteers lend helping hand with furniture deliveries
Two retired Stanislaus County residents have helped make refugees’ houses and apartments into homes throughout the COVID-19 pandemic, delivering furniture and other needed items to newly arrived families.
East Bay mosque plays vital role during pandemic
In addition to health concerns during the start of the COVID-19 pandemic, many families faced dual concerns about dwindling food supplies. For those who came to the Bay Area as refugees and asylees, it was an unwarranted second wave of crisis to handle after the saga of arriving in the U.S.
New legal program helps immigrants facing deportation
While U.S. citizens have a right to a government-appointed attorney when they are accused of crimes, that’s not the case for immigrants at risk of deportation, even if they were charged with minor traffic offenses. IRC seeks to change the status quo in the Central Valley and Central Coast regions through the newly launched California Legal Fellowship program.
IRC's Refugee Film Festival in Northern California
2021 VIRTUAL REFUGEE FILM FESTIVAL
IRC NorCal offices launch asylee orientation program
Starting this month, the IRC offices in San Jose and Turlock/Modesto have teamed up with the federal government to provide virtual orientation services for asylees, replacing in-person orientation services formerly provided at the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services asylum office in San Francisco.
Refugees cultivate healthy living through New Roots
From their homelands to years in refugee camps, many IRC clients have gained unique knowledge in producing high-yield harvests from small plots of land.
IRC NorCal plays key role in fight against human trafficking
The IRC's Northern California offices have been on the front lines of combatting exploitation for the past seven years and are growing their services to support survivors
Meet NorCal's new development director
Michael joins the NorCal team bringing 21 years of diverse experience and a dynamic enthusiasm to contribute to our work
New program helps refugees navigate public benefits
Through personalized assistance, APB caseworkers help beneficiaries keep safe and off the streets by assisting with access to hospitals, referrals for mental health services and abuse hotlines, and benefits such as food stamps.