Since 2006, RIF has been an entry-point and navigator for refugees seeking asylum in New York city. We provide legal and social services that help asylum seekers get back on their feet and rebuild their lives.
We envision a world where refugees seeking asylum are welcomed upon arriving in our city. Our mission is to support asylum seekers through the process of rebuilding their lives in New York City. We work to ensure that asylum seekers receive guidance and support through the arduous process of claiming asylum.
Every year, over 30,000 refugees seek asylum in New York City. They flee their countries due to various forms of persecution, and arrive to the United States facing a void of support and information about the asylum process. Unlike resettled refugees, asylum seekers are not assigned to a government-contracted NGO for support upon arriving to the US. This void is often filled by abusive individuals and fraudulent immigration practitioners who prey on this lack of information and vulnerability.
To fill that void, RIF acts as an entry point for ALL asylum seekers regardless of their nationality, religion, and/or sexual orientation.
RIF offers easy access to legal consultations that empower asylum seekers with the information they need to complete the asylum process. We also educate asylum seekers on the risks they face, and provide referrals to trustworthy legal, medical, and mental healthcare providers. In partnerships with sustainable food and green-technology innovators, RIF provides newcomers with job-training opportunities that help them succeed in the competitive NYC job market.
Finally, RIF acts as a community-building platform where asylum seekers can meet each other, learn from those who have successfully established themselves in NYC, and meet caring New Yorkers who want to welcome and support them.