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To mobilize local resources in order to fully engage and assist
the Middle Eastern and North African refugee community
of Orange County to re-establish and assimilate
their lives in the United States.
What is a refugee?
The official definition from the United Nations calls a refugee someone who: "owing to a well-founded fear of being persecuted for reasons of race, religion, nationality, membership of a particular social group, or political opinion, is outside the country of his nationality, and is unable to or, owing to such fear, is unwilling to avail himself of the protection of that country..."
Why serve refugees?
Our refugees come from some of the most awful situations facing humanity in this world today: war, persecution, famine, political upheaval, dictatorships that endorse ethnic cleansings and genocide, and so on...
Many of our refugees have spent years in refugee camps in the border countries after fleeing from their home country. Most were forced to leave their possessions behind, and are now facing a situation where they have to start over again from nothing in a new country. These refugees face a tough read ahead of them. They will need to find housing, furnish an apartment, learn a new language, enroll their children in school, open a bank account, learn the transportation system, and ultimately try to find a job. V.O.R. will help refugees so they don't have to face these challenges alone.
Refugees that make it to the U.S. are invited by our government to spend the rest of their lives here. They are not typical immigrants; they will receive a Social Security number upon arrival and have the right to work immediately.
Voice of the Refugees was established to help those in our refugee community re-start their lives here in America knowing they have some brothers and sisters here to help them in their new journey.