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Refugee Program

Sacramento County has an extensive history of welcoming refugee groups from all over the world. Since 1983, the Refugee Program has served refugees predominately from Southeast Asia, the former Soviet Union, and most recently the Middle East. Eligibility for the refugee program extends to refugee adults, asylees, federally-certified victims of human trafficking, and individuals granted Special Immigrant Visas (SIVs). Services are provided through TR Adult School Refugee Program and are intended to assist refugees in achieving economic self-sufficiency and reduced dependency on public assistance through employment and acculturation services.

Refugee Program Eligibility

The Refugee Program provides social and employment services to individuals who meet the following criteria are eligible for refugee services: Sacramento County residents who have been in the United States less than five years; are 16 years of age or older; are not enrolled full-time in primary or secondary school and are:

  • Refugees/Asylees
  • Special Immigrant Visa holders (SIVs)
  • Certified Victims of Human Trafficking
  • Amerasians

A refugee is a person living outside of his or her country of nationality who is unable or unwilling to return because of persecution, or a well-founded fear of persecution on account of race, religion, nationality, membership in a particular social group, or political opinion.

Refugee Services Provided

  • Vocational English-as-a-Second Language combined with Employment Services (VESL/ES)
  • Employment Services (ES) – Stand Alone