Currently, eligible asylees enter the MRRP service system in a variety of ways, including:
- contacting the CLINIC hotline through the reference on the asylum grant letter from the Asylum Office, which should result in a referral to one or more voluntary agencies (volags) in the asylee's geographic area. (Please note that Immigration Court judges will not provide this information in their orders);
- having a private legal service provider or immigration attorney contact MORI seeking a referral on their behalf;
- seeing a notice regarding availability of refugee services for asylees while in a detention center, awaiting an Immigration Court order;
- being assisted in their asylum case by a volag link attorney, and entering refugee services at the volag link where they obtained assistance (or an affiliate in this state, if they migrate from the state where asylum was granted 4);
- being referred by friends/community/word of mouth to a volag, mutual assistance association (MAA), or in some cases to MORI for a referral;
- being referred to a volag, an MAA or to MORI by a mainstream social services provider, e.g. DTA;
- being referred to a volag by an MAA;
- seeing Office for Refugees and Immigrants in the government listings section of the phone book, and calling us (or walking in) to see if we can help them;
- responding to outreach information distributed by DPH, volags, MAAs and other refugee service providers
Most clients either self-refer through the CLINIC hotline or are referred through some combination of legal/social services and word of mouth.
4 For example, many Cuban/Haitian asylees coming to Massachusetts from Florida are referred to CCB by the Catholic Charities affiliate in Miami, where most of these asylees are processed.
This information is provided by the Office for Refugees and Immigrants.