We help refugees assimilate into Bowling Green and Owensboro and the surrounding communities by providing them with the following services:
- Airport pickup
- Food, clothing, and safe housing upon arrival
- Registration for Social Security cards
- Registration of males age 18 and above for Selective Service
- Employment services
- Enrollment of children into school
- Enrollment of adults into ELL classes
- Assistance with healthcare needs and emergency services
- Reunification with family
- Community and cultural orientation
- Civics and safety education
- Assistance with childcare needs
- Assistance with interpretation and transportation needs
- Assistance with disability needs
- PTSD referrals
- Assistance in reaching self-sufficiency within 180 days
- New Life Project - sponsored by the Kentucky Bar Foundation
PEOPLE HAVE BEEN
OF THE 75 MILLION...
- 22.5 MILLION ARE REFUGEES.
- 40.3 MILLION ARE INTERNALLY DISPLACED PEOPLE (IDPS).
- 2.8 MILLION ARE ASYLUM SEEKERS.
- 10 MILLION ARE STATELESS PEOPLE.
- 80% OF ALL REFUGEES ARE WOMEN, CHILDREN AND THE ELDERLY.
- 30 REFUGEE SITUATIONS EXIST WHERE THE NUMBER OF REFUGEES HAS BEEN 25,00 OR MORE FOR AT LEAST 5 CONSECUTIVE YEARS.
The International Center provides refugees with many types of education. We utilize a number of different forums to teach refugees the following:
All refugees enter the U.S. with authorization to work and are expected to gain full-time employment within 90 to 120 days after arrival. Refugees offer local employers a desirable workforce. Most refugees are eager to work and prove to be dependable and reliable employees.
Refugees bring a diversity of skills to Kentucky employers. Our Job Developer works with employers throughout the employment process, working to help newly employed clients deliver satisfactory work performances.
- writing resumes
- practice developing interview skills in mock interviews
- contacts employers about clients who fit their employee profile
- attends the interview with clients
- accompanies newly employed clients to their first day of work
- remains in contact with both employer and employee during an evaluation
Our Immigration Services case workers are BIA certified and offer the following services to any refugee or immigrant:
- Adjustment of Status through marriage
- Adjustment of Status through refugee and asylum status
- Affidavit of Support
- Consideration of Differed Action for Childhood Arrival
- Consular Processing
- Family Petition
- Fiancé (e) Visa Petition
- Naturalization and Certificate of Citizenship
- Petition to Remove the Conditions of Residence
- Refugee/Asylee Relative Petition
- Replacement of Permanent Resident Card and I-94
- Request for Fee Waiver
- Temporary Protect Status (TPS)
- Travel Document
INTERPRETATION AND TRANSLATION SERVICES
Our communities are increasingly diverse, and providers of goods and services in those communities must reach an ever greater number of people speaking different languages. Our businesses must reach an ever wider global marketplace if they are to thrive and grow. The Interpretation and Translation Services of the International Center of Kentucky can help your organization meet the linguistic requirements of doing business.
We offer interpreters and/or translators in 30 languages:
- Cambodian (Khmer)
**Interpreters and translators for some languages are Medical Certified and/or Court Certified.
Contact Vung Dim at 270-781-8336 to arrange for the interpreter or translator who can help your agency, business, or organization reach a wide and diverse clientele. She will arrange for the right person to provide interpretation services by phone, face to face, or by Skype.
New Life Project- Sponsored by the Kentucky Bar Foundation
The New Life Project, implemented by the International Center of Kentucky and made possible by support from the Kentucky Bar Foundation, is dedicated to helping foreign-born Kentuckians get a new lease on life and thrive in their "new Kentucky home." Starting from the first week refugees arrive in Kentucky.
Some of the activities under this project include:
- education program that aims to reduce family violence and other violations of the law and increase confidence in the legal system
- education on their rights and responsibilities under Kentucky and federal law regarding domestic violence, child abuse and neglect, sexual assault and harassment, simple assault, drug possession, public intoxication, driving under the influence, "bullying," immigration, landlord/tenant, and workplace/housing discrimination.
- The New Life Project will also provide for free legal representation in the form of applications to U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services for low-income immigrants who qualify for protections under the Violence Against Women Act or Immigration and Nationality Act after being the victim of domestic violence, religious persecution, or ethnic cleansing
- Refugee women who are determined to be particularly vulnerable to domestic abuse will also be referred to specialized self-sufficiency and job readiness trainings in areas such as financial literacy, computer skills, tailoring, entrepreneurship, and housekeeping/hospitality to reduce the likelihood that they will return to an abusive situation.