Refugee Trauma and Resilience Center | Rights and Benefits

Refugees have the right to safety, food, housing, and medical care. Agencies such as the International Rescue Committee contract with the Department of State to provide food, housing, employment, medical care, counseling and other services to help refugees transition to economic self-sufficiency. For more information:

Legal resources

Reporting a hate crime

There has been a recent increase in number of hate crimes around the country. Minority groups, including refugees, are at risk of being victims of these crimes. If you or someone you know has been the victim of a hate crime, you can report a hate crime to:

Refugee and immigrant mental health

Many refugees were victims of human rights abuses and some have symptoms of post-traumatic stress disorder, depression, anxiety, and other mental health disorders. Their trauma history makes them particularly vulnerable during times of stress and uncertainty. Refugee children and youth can experience significant distress. Some signs of distress may include:

  • withdrawal
  • substance abuse
  • flashbacks
  • nightmares
  • excessive worry
  • depression
  • aggressive behaviour

Mental health resources

Supporting refugees

Consider supporting refugees by donating to organizations that serve refugees:

To learn more about refugees