At Refugee Adjustment Day (RAD), community, safety, security and a place to call home is at the forefront of what we’re working together towards.
More than 65.6 million refugees have fled their home countries due to conflict, war, persecution or human rights violations. That's 24 individuals every 1 minute. Currently, there are over 22.5 refugees worldwide and less than 1% of these forcibly displaced refugees are ever resettled to another country. These are the lucky ones.
For those who have been resettled in the United States, Immigration Law requires refugees to apply for lawful permanent resident status after they have been physically present in the U.S. for at least one year. It is a long complicated process with sometimes expensive legal, medical and processing costs.
RAD is the catalyst that helps our newest community members reach their goals and fulfill their potential by becoming a lawful permanent resident (LPR) of the United States of America. It is more than a legal clinic, it is the pathway to independence and security.
For over ten years, RAD has been a collective effort of community partners, legal and medical professionals, interpreters and volunteers of all backgrounds who come together twice a year to provide a free clinic for refugees to get their green card and connected to other services.
This event was intentionally designed by its founders, who are also refugees themselves, to not be funded or supported by any one organization or individual. The continued success of the event is heavily relied on the support and solidarity of all our partners, volunteers and donors.
Together, over 50 organizations and 2000 volunteers have donated more than 30,000 hours and 3 million dollars in in-kind donations and has helped over 5000 refugees get their green card and make Portland their home.
You too can be part of this effort.
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