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9241 LBJ Freeway Suite 210
Dallas, TX 75243
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Refugee Services of Texas (RST) provides services to asylees, unaccompanied children, and survivors of trafficking, many of whom are currently affected by the "Zero Tolerance" immigration policy currently in place. We need your support to provide the services these vulnerable communities desperately need during this time. 

Asylum status is a form of protection the U.S. offers to certain individuals who are unable or unwilling to return to their home country as a result of being persecuted or having fear of being persecuted for their race, religion, nationality, membership in a certain social group or political opinion. Asylum status can only be sought upon reaching a valid port of entry at the U.S. border and not in an individual's home country. RST provides aylees with the following services including: immigration and legal services, English language assistance, resettlement services, case management services, job assistance, and counseling referrals.

Unaccompanied Children (UC) are children under 18 years of age with no immigration status who have been separated from or have no parent/guardian at time of apprehension in the United States. RST ​conducts home studies to assess potential placement locations for children so that they may be released from immigration detention centers to safe environments. Once released, RST provides case management to ensure that these children have access to education, counseling, and health and legal services, among other needs. RST also partners with organizations working ​inside the detention centers ​to assist in families and children being released. We foresee an influx of high need clients​ in all of these service areas​ in the coming months and ​seek​ donations to assist in our efforts to serve these families and children.

Human trafficking is a modern form of slavery that happens all over the world, including the United States. Human trafficking can be forced labor, debt bonage, involuntary servitude, and forced commerical sex. This multi-billion dollar criminal industry affects 27 million people who experience the loss of freedom and the ability to make their own choices.
The Survivors of Trafficking Empowerment Program (STEP) is designed to help survivors of trafficking throughout their transition to stable, independent lives. When a survivor is referred to or seeks to work with STEP, the team will assess their basic needs. Once immediate safety and basic needs have been addressed, the STEP team works with survivors through a holistic approach to support their journey to self-sufficiency and recovery. RST provides the following services to survivors including: human trafficking screenings, crisis management and safety support, employment assistance, counseling services, applications for public benefits, and community outreach and trainings.
"We've already made a life here, my son Wilson came through the help of this organization (RST), to bring him here. I don't know if they will be the last ones that they help, we are in an unknown state. We don't know if the process will continue for or if it will stay as-is. We are waiting for his brothers to come, the rest of my children."
- Santos Ojara, Honduran Refugee

By giving to RST on North Texas Giving Day, you will help in funding our Family Reunification Program that will continue to support families like Santos' in hopes of bringing the rest of his family to the US.

Qahtan's Story: Qahtan was born and raised in Baghdad, Iraq. For most of his life there, Iraq was in a state of scarcity and war. He recalls how people used to use dates (which he now hates) to sweeten candy and other foods because there was never any sugar. He remembers the injustice of the Iraqi government hoarding food and other humanitarian aid given by other nations rather than distributing it to the people. When he grew up, he got a Bachelor's degree from Baghdad University in Agriculture--not because he wanted to, but because that was what he was assigned to study. Nevertheless, in 2003 Qahtan decided to use his ability to speak English to become an interpreter and cultural advisor for the U.S. Armed Forces in Iraq. Within a year, he began to realize the danger in holding this position. Other interpreters were going missing or turning up dead. For the next five years, Qahtan left his home every morning not knowing if he would make it back alive that night. He moved his wife and son to different houses around Baghdad frequently and took different routes to work each day. Even if he had left his job as an interpreter, he would always be targeted as a "traitor" by militant and anti-U.S. groups in Iraq. Finally, in 2009, Qahtan, his wife, and their son left their lifelong home for good and came to the United States as refugees.

That very same year, Qahtan was hired as an interpreter and then as a Pre-Arrival Case Manager at Refugee Services of Texas (RST) and has worked his way up to Programs Manager. Qahtan recalls contemplating continuing work for the U.S. military here in Texas, but decided to use his English and Arabic language skills and his personal experience with the refugee resettlement process to help others escaping violence and fear in their home countries. In 2014, he and his wife swore their oaths and became U.S. citizens on World Refugee Day!