Our Major Initiatives
One of our major goals is achieving economic justice nationwide for Special Immigrant Visa holders (Iraqi and Afghani nationals who assisted our military) who have been illegally denied disability benefits since 2009. To that end, we have filed a class action lawsuit against the Secretary of Health and Human Services. If we succeed, approximately 1000 Iraqi and Afghani individuals throughout the United States will receive reimbursement for up to eight years of benefits owed to them.
CULTURAL SENSITIVITY TRAINING
We are developing training programs on cultural differences and the impact of trauma on refugees for Oregon lawyers and judges.
COMMUNITY NAVIGATORS PROJECT
Thanks to funding by the Oregon Jewish Community Youth Foundation, we will empower communities to better understand differences between disability benefits and vocational rehabilitation and which path may be right. Through education by the young adult children of refugees, with whom our Board will work in collaboration with IRCO, we will bring this information to their diverse communities.
CULTURALLY-COMPETENT HEALTHCARE PROVIDER NETWORK
Thanks to funding by the Oregon Immigrant and Refugee Funders Collaborative, our Board is working with our clients and providers to create a network of providers in Oregon who meet Oregon's legal criteria for cultural competency to ensure that refugees and immigrants receive care that meets their social, cultural, and linguistic needs. We hope to connect providers who do not qualify with further training.