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 FY 2017, RAIS resettled 98 new arrivals. 90% of all employable adults engaged in the program were gainfully employed and 89% of these retained their initial employment for more than 3 months. By the end of their first year in Alaska, 82% of the refugee families served no longer relied on public assistance.

View RAIS in the news, and learn more about the impact RAIS makes every day.

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.

For an overview of the vetting process for refugees,  please visit this page:
U.S Refugee Admission Process


Support RAIS


7-6-17 Dave Stieren Show: Lisa Aquino

Lisa Aquino with Catholic Social Services joined The Dave Stieren Show to discuss CSS’ Refugee Assistance & Immigration Services in Alaska, and how the travel ban impacts that work.


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

Contact Us

Issa Spatrisano, Refugee Assistance & Immigration Services Director

You can also refer to another local immigration assistance office.