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 FY2020:

  • RAIS provided services to 398 clients.
  • 39 clients were assisted in securing employment with the average starting wage of $14.72
  • 94% of clients that entered employment retained their jobs for at least 90 days

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
  • Refugee Agricultural Partnership Program

RAIS Immigration Services

  • RAIS Client Green Cards
  • Refugee Family Reunification
  • At this time immigration services can only be provided to refugee clients

RAIS in the News

Listen to a StoryCorps interview between RAIS Director Issa Spatrisano and Somalian refugee Mahdi Akal about his arrival in Alaska. For more stories of impact, check out our media coverage.

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.