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Immigrant Integration and Empowerment


The political unrest over the last four decades, and its subsequent instability and economic downfall contributed to massive population displacement forming contemporary Afghan diasporas in other countries. Over 52,000 Afghan immigrants have been admitted—under both Special Immigrants Visa (SIV) and refugee programs into the United States between 2008 and 2017 (U.S Dept. of State, 2017). At least 15,837 visas have been issued for Afghans between 2008 and 2015, including 6,618 principal applicants and 9,219 dependents and an additional 3,500 visas were approved for principal applicants for the fiscal year 2018 under the National Defense Authorization Act of 2017 (U.S. Dept. of State, 2018). From October 2016 through January 2018, an estimate of 8,859 Afghan SIV recipients have been resettled in California and of those 5,066 were resettled in Sacramento County alone (CA Dept. of Social Services, 2016). 

Sacramento is a refugee hub. A majority of Afghans, Iraqis, and Syrians have settled in Sacramento.

Vulnerable Afghan refugees/immigrants including persons with disabilities, survivors of domestic violence, survivors of torture, individuals with social/psychological conditions, single-headed families, and elderly people without enough family support are experiencing critical challenges and barriers during their resettlement and integration processes in Sacramento, California. It's almost impossible for such vulnerable groups to access services and resources as an integral part of their integration process into their new communities without any additional assistance and support.

As a result of resettlement, immigrants face a wide variety of challenges. As an example, the majority of refugee men from war-torn countries, while well-educated and can work, face challenges to compete in an advanced job market. Women, however, stay at home to take care of children, or they do not have the skills, or/and language capabilities to compete in the job market. Women have been restricted from education for decades in many of the war-torn countries. They are in much more need of support in their pursuit of education as they challenge the cultural norms of their generation. Educating women not only benefits their families but also helps with the stabilization and development of the communities they live in as a whole. Children of refugees/immigrants who are raised in a different cultural environment, face tremendous challenges at school in terms of integrating into a new educational system, language barriers, and cultural differences. Immigrant parents face obstacles in raising their children in an unfamiliar culture and with limited knowledge of the environment they live in. As children learn the language faster than their parents and quickly get familiar with the way of life in their new society, they start to face challenges at home. These intergenerational problems throw off the parent-child dynamic and create tremendous stress in the family life of the children and their parents. Cultural barriers transcend each and every aspect of life for refugees and immigrants. Thus, this organization’s mission is to help immigrants overcome their everyday challenges.


  • Provide positive interaction and networking channels for immigrants to avoid segregation within the community they live in.
  • Provide awareness of Afghan identity and culture to Afghans and other members of the society.
  • Promote and facilitate the integration and participation of immigrant families into the society.
  • Identify family strengths, weaknesses and their highest potential.
  • Identify conflict within the immigrant community and address the causes.
  • Identify resources and appropriate means of interaction for the supported services.
  • Identify funding resources.
  • Build a much-needed community center to fulfill certain needs and demands of the Afghan immigrants.

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