Refugee Assistance & Immigration Services (RAIS) provides a bridge for refugees (individuals who have had to flee their countries of origin due to the tragedies of persecution and war) from their former life experiences to the new skills required for success in the United States.  Through a focus on economic self-sufficiency, community integration, and a respect for unique cultures, history and traditions, RAIS creates an environment of compassion and encouragement for refugees to flourish.

During FY2017:

  • RAIS resettled 98 new arrivals.
  • 90% of all employable adults engaged in RAIS were gainfully employed, and 89% of these retained their initial employment for more than 3 months.
  • By the end of clients’ first year in Alaska, 82% of the refugee families served by RAIS no longer relied on public assistance.

By providing comprehensive, culturally sensitive case management to assist our clients in learning about the U.S., RAIS seeks to encourage self-sufficiency through early employment.

Support RAIS

RAIS Services

  • Reception & Placement (for newly arrived refugees)
  • Case Management
  • Education & Employment Services
  • Health Promotion
  • Youth Programming

RAIS Immigration Services

  • RAIS Client Green Cards
  • Refugee Family Reunification

RAIS in the News

Learn more about the impact RAIS makes every day.

7-6-17 Dave Stieren Show: Lisa Aquino

Lisa Aquino, our Executive Director, joined The Dave Stieren Show to discuss  Refugee Assistance & Immigration Services and how the travel ban impacts that work.

Contact Us

Issa Spatrisano, Refugee Assistance & Immigration Services Director
ispatrisano@cssalaska.org
907-222-7341

Related Immigration Resources

For an overview of the vetting process for refugees,  please visit U.S. Refugee Admission Process.  You can also refer to other local immigration assistance offices.