Advocacy for Refugee and Immigrant Services

We are a non-profit organization committed to advocating for refugees and immigrants.


ARISE seeks to empower refugees and immigrants by teaching self-advocacy through individualized services geared toward self-reliance. Ultimately, ARISE wants refugees and immigrants to be recognized, as active members of their new communities who can meet challenges with courage and resolve. ARISE strongly believes that refugees and immigrants enrich their communities with new perspectives and talents and should be considered resources.


“I was interested in becoming a refugee advocate to help people new to the US find the community and resources they need. I believe everyone should have the opportunity to live a good life here, and I want to help refugees feel at home in this country. ”

Hala Anderson

“As a daughter of refugees, whose father was part of the Vietnamese Boat People, I became a Refugee Advocate to be a resource that my parents never had when they first resettled in Massachusetts. With each small step, I hope to contribute to making a positive difference for even just one refugee family in the Greater Worcester area!

Helen Vo

“ I first became engaged with the refugee community when I volunteered at our local resettlement organization in Albany, NY as a civics tutor and art teacher. Working with children, I became more aware of the needs of families arriving in the United States. Now, as a student at Smith College, I value the opportunity to work as a refugee advocate in my new community.

Lily Gould

ARISE statement on Biden’s new refugee policy

ARISE recognizes the commitment made by the Biden administration in terms of refugee resettlement and appreciates the steps taken by President Biden.President Biden in February signed an executive order to rebuild the United States refugee resettlement program. The United States resettled 11, 814 in the Fiscal year 2020. That number was the lowest since resettlement started. Trump Administration had pulled…