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. 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.
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.