Immigrant & Refugee Services

RESTORING FREEDOM, DIGNITY & INDEPENDENCE

Every year, thousands of refugees, asylum seekers, survivors of human trafficking, and unaccompanied minors arrive in Southern California.

The Local Integration & Family Empowerment (LIFE) Division assists resilient people to restore their freedom, dignity and independence through comprehensive social services and access to jobs, education, and health. Our staff conducts outreach to identify these populations, partners with public and non-profit agencies, and provides individualized services that address their most urgent needs and empower them to become self-sufficient.

RECEPTION & PLACEMENT

For many refugees, fleeing violence and persecution in their home country can be traumatic. Once they arrive in Southern California, they often face additional challenges, such as feeling a loss of culture and community, adapting to a foreign environment, and lacking resources and services.

IILA’s Reception & Placement program links refugees still overseas with local family or friends. Case managers work with these “local ties” to arrange airport reception, grant resettlement funds, conduct mental health screenings, provide community orientation, access public benefits, and find employment and housing. These comprehensive support services, along with refugees’ local ties, significantly ease their resettlement and transition to fulfilling lives in their new community.

Learn how you can help IILA address the current Afghan refugee crisis.

MATCH GRANT PROGRAM

IILA’s Match Grant Program helps new Americans attain economic self-sufficiency through comprehensive case management and services leading to employment.

We work closely with refugees, asylees, survivors of human trafficking, and Special Immigrant Visa (SIV) holders through a variety of programs on job readiness, placement, housing, community orientation, transportation, and interview preparation.

Within several months of their arrival, we successfully place our clients in jobs at a significantly higher rate than public agencies through our one-on-one approach.

Learn more about benefits and eligibility here.

For more information, contact Dalia Ulloa at (818) 244-2550 or dulloa@iilosangeles.org.

SURVIVORS OF HUMAN TRAFFICKING

IILA provides comprehensive and trauma-informed case management services to survivors of human trafficking and their families to help them reclaim and rebuild their lives.

Our services include rescue, legal aid, coordination with law enforcement, assistance finding housing and employment, health services, mental health counseling, family reunification, and other services survivors need to restore their independence. We are there to aid at every step in their journey from rescue to reintegration into their community.

Learn more about human trafficking here.