Help Refugees Factsheet

This is just my attempt to compile information relevant to those who wish to help out refugees and refugee organizations.

(Here is a list of representatives that are relevant to anti-refugee sentiment: call them to express your opinion).

 If you are from absolutely anywhere, one very large, very effective, and terrifically important organization to send money to is the UN Refugee Agency (UNHCR): They help refugees from all corners of the globe, and they coordinate international efforts, both governmental and non-governmental, to resettle, educate, clothe, shelter, and otherwise assist refugees.

 If you are in Canada, you may directly help sponsor a refugee. Here is a story about a philosopher doing just that. Here is a list of current sponsorship agreement holders who you may contact to help. Here is a description of the government's plan to resettle 25,000 refugees in Canada.

  If you are in the United States or Mexico and wish to help in a hands-on way, the situation is a little more complex. Here is a factsheet detailing who is eligible for resettlement in the United States, and what governmental bodies are in charge of this process (download a factsheet about the process). Most of the money that goes into helping resettlement comes from governmental organizations: the Bureau of Population, Refugees, and Migration (PRM) is a large international coordinator, while the Office of Refugee Resettlement, formed by Jimmy Carter in 1980, is directly in charge of coordinating efforts and distributing funding domestically specifically for the purposes of resettlement in the United States; while Non-Governmental Organizations (NGOs), primarily ethnic and cultural groups, are *sometimes* (read: it depends on the political climate) allocated funding for refugee aid. One way to assist is to support the US Agency for International Development (USAID), which is the primary US international aid organization. Another way is to donate to or locate and help your local International Rescue Committee (IRC) agency or your local World Relief or other local Resettlement Agency (see working list below).

More problematically, whether or not refugees are ultimately resettled depends on political agreements reached at high-level international negotiations. (Here is a list of representatives that are relevant to anti-refugee sentiment). So if things go even more politically sour, it could be the case that no Syrian refugees will eventually make it to the United States. But if they do, it could be the case that States could limit the amount of funding that goes into helping local NGOs, so for your benefit, here is a list of NGOs in different states that you might contact about helping with refugee resettlement. Organizations that I've checked out and vetted are in blue.


 Working List of Resettlement Agencies in the United States  (jump to Mexico)


Catholic Charities of Boston

275 West Broadway Street
South Boston, MA 02127
(617) 464-8100

Catholic Charities of Worcester

10 Hammond Street
Worcester, MA  01610-1513
(508) 798-0191

International Institute of New England

One Milk Street, 4th Floor
Boston, MA 02109-5413
(617) 695-9990

International Institute of Lowell

144 Merrimack Street, Suite 302
Lowell, MA 01852-9031
(978) 459-9031

Jewish Family and Children's Services

1430 Main Street
Waltham, MA 02451-1623
(617) 558-1267

Jewish Family and Children's Services (Lynn)

20 Wheeler Street 4th Floor
Lynn, MA 01902-1342
(781) 593-0100 ext. 17

Jewish Family Service of Metro West

475 Franklin Street, Suite 101Framingham, MA 01702-6236
(508) 875-3100

Jewish Family Service of Western Mass

15 Lenox Street
Springfield, MA 01108-2666
(413) 737-2601

Lutheran Social Services of New England West Springfield

593 Main Street
West Springfield, MA 01089-3923
(413) 787-0725

Lutheran Social Services of New England Worcester

51 Union Street, Suite 222
Worcester, MA 01608-1134
(508) 754-1121

Refugee and Immigrant Assistance Center Boston

31 Heath Street
Jamaica Plain, MA 02130-1650
(617) 238-2433

Refugee and Immigrant Assistance Center Worcester

340 Main Street, Suite 800
Worcester, MA 01608-1692

(508) 756-7557

Refugee Immigration Ministry

142 Pleasant Street, 2nd Floor
Malden, MA 02148-4819
(781) 322-1011






California (link to PDF list from

World Relief: many local offices


New York

HIAS (formerly Hebrew Immigrant Aid Society)
333 7th Avenue, 16th Floor
New York, NY 10001

see HIAS affiliates in other states

Texas (link to list from


International Rescue Committee
3303 North 3rd, Suite D
Abilene, Texas 79603
Phone: 325-675-5643
Fax: 325-675-5487

Abilene ISD
241 Pine Street 
Abilene, Texas 79601 
Phone: 325-677-1444
Fax: 325-794-1326


Catholic Charities of the Texas Panhandle
200 South Tyler
Amarillo, Texas 79101
Phone: 806-376-4571
Fax: 806-345-7947

Refugee Services of Texas Inc.
1731 South Avondale Street
Amarillo, TX 79106-4516
Phone:(806) 381-0099


Interfaith Action for Central Texas (iACT)
2921 E. 17th St. Bldg. D, Suite 3
Austin, TX 78702
Phone: 512-386-9145
Fax: 512-385-1430

Caritas of Austin
611 Neches 
Austin, TX 78701 
P.O. Box 1076
Austin, TX 78767
Phone: 512-479-4610 
Fax: 512-479-4627

Refugee Services of Texas Inc. 
7801 North Lamar Boulevard, Ste F-20
Austin, TX 78752-1042
Phone: 512-472-9472 
Fax: 512-377-2233

Austin ISD
3908 Avenue B, Room 204
Austin, Texas 78751 
Phone: 512-386-9145
Fax: 512-385-1430

Corpus Christi

Catholic Charities of Corpus Christi, Inc.
1322 Comanche
Corpus Christi, Texas 78401-2621
Phone: 361-884-0651
Fax: 361-884-3956


Catholic Charities of Dallas
9461  LBJ Freeway, Suite 100
Dallas, TX 75243
Phone: 214-553-9909
Fax: 214-553-7757

International Rescue Committee
6500 Greenville Ave., Suite 500
Dallas, TX 75206
Phone: 214-461-9781
Fax: 214-461-9782

Refugee Service of Texas, Inc.
12035 Shiloh Road, Suite 320
Dallas, TX 75228
Phone: 214-821-4422

Mosaic Family Services
4144 N. Central Expressway, Suite 530
Dallas, TX 75204 
Phone: 214-821-5393
Fax:  214-821-0810

Hmong-American Planning & Development Center
2307 Oak  Lane. Ste 207
Grand Prairie, TX 75051-8286 
Phone:  972-263-5600

Vietnamese Mutual Assistance Association
5510 Abrams Road, Suite 116 
Dallas, TX 75214 
Phone: 214-691-1704
Fax:  214-696-0275

Dallas ISD
3700 Ross Avenue 
Dallas, Texas 75204 
Phone: 972-502-4189
Fax: 972-925-3871

Flower Mound

Lewisville ISD
1800 Timber Creek Road
Flower Mound, Texas 75028
Phone: 469-948-8219
Fax: 972-350-9385

El Paso

Diocesan Migrant and Refugee Services
2400-A East Yandell
El Paso, TX 79903
Phone: 915-532-3975
Fax: 915-532-4071

Fort Worth

Catholic Charities Diocese of Fort Worth
249 W. Thornhill Drive
Fort Worth, TX 76115
Phone: 817-920-7733 
Phone:  817-534-0814 (URM)
Fax: 817-535-8779
Fax:  817-536-1556 (URM)

World Relief
4059 Bryan Avenue
Fort Worth, TX 76110
Phone: 817-924-0748
Fax: 817-921-9784

Refugee Service of Texas, Inc.
5009 Brentwood Stair Road, Ste 102
Fort Worth, TX 76112-2846
(817) 877-5467



Alliance for Multicultural Community Services
6440 Hillcroft Ave., Ste. 411
Houston, TX 77081
Phone: 713-776-4700
Fax: 713-776-4730

Catholic Charities Archdiocese of Galveston-Houston 
2900 Louisiana
Houston, TX 77006
Phone: 713-874-6538 
Phone:  713-526-4611 (URM)
Fax: 713-874-6791
Fax:  713-526-1546 (URM)

Houston ISD
4400 W. 18th Street
Houston, Texas 77092 
Phone:  713-556-6961
Fax:  719-556-6898


Interfaith Ministries, Greater Galveston-Houston
3217 Montrose Blvd. Ste 200
Houston, TX 77006
Phone: 713-533-4900
Fax: 713-524-6129

YMCA International Services
6300 Westpark, Suite 600
Houston, TX 77057

Refugee Service of Texas, Inc.
2626 S Loop West, Ste 230 
Houston, Texas 77054 
Phone: (713) 644-6224 
Fax: (713) 645-1915

Houston Community College 
1300 B Holman, Room 214 
Houston, Texas 77004 
Phone: 713-556-6951 
Fax: 713-718-6458

Bilingual Education Institute
6060 Richmond Ave, Suite 180 
Houston, TX 77057
Phone: (713) 789-4324 
Fax: 713-789-8920

San Antonio

Catholic Charities of San Antonio
202 West French Place
San Antonio, Texas 78212
Phone: 210-222-1294
Fax: 210-242-3174



 List of Resettlement Agencies in Mexico 


Programa Casa Refugiados

Oficina en Casa Espacio Refugiados
Parque Ramón López Velarde 
(Dentro del Parque / Prol. Orizaba s/n/ Huatabampo/Antonio M. Anza
Col. Roma Sur 
Delegación Cuauhtemoc
México, D.F. 06700
Tel: 55849892

Oficina en calle Mártires de la Conquista
Mártires de la conquista #86
Colonia escandón
Delegación Miguel Hidalgo
México, D.F. 
Tel: 26147992

Comisión Mexicana de Ayuda a Refugiados (COMAR)
Saturnino Campoy 830, Hermosillo, Son., Mexico

+52 1 662 260 0806
Sin Fronteras, IAP
Carlos Dolci No.96, Col. Alfonso XIII, Del. Álvaro Obregón, C.P: 01460
México, D.F. | Tels: (52 55) 5514-1519 / (52 55) 5514-1521
Casa del Migrante Scalabrini, A.C. - Albergue de Belén
Av. Hidalgo s/n, San Antonio Cahoacan, 30789 Tapachula de Córdova y Ordoñez, Chis., Mexico

+52 962 625 4812
Casa de los Amigos, A.C.
Calle Ignacio Mariscal No. 132, Cuauhtemoc, Tabacalera, 06030 Ciudad de México, D.F., Mexico

+52 55 5705 0521