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Welcoming the Newcomer

Immigrant and Refugee Services

Catholic Charities help newcomers become self-sufficient and productive members of American society by offering a combination of legal immigration consultation and representation, English-language instruction, other adult education programs, workforce development training, naturalization assistance, bilingual community education, and refugee resettlement and assistance services.

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National Migration Week, culminating in World Day of Prayer for Refugees and Migrants, is Sept. 20-26.


Targeted by the Ethiopian government, he now helps refugees like himself #39

Sep 25, 2019

Belayneh Loppisso helped uncover government corruption in his home country of Ethiopia. When the government threatened his safety, he had to forge a new life for himself and his family in the U.S. Fifteen years later, Loppisso is the program director for Catholic Charities of the Diocese of Arlington’s Migration and Refugee Services. Now, every day he helps refugees and asylees to adjust to a new life in this country – and hears stories of struggle sometimes even more difficult or harrowing than his own. Listen to his story on Searching for More podcast.

Read Bishop Burbidge's statement on World Day of Migrants and Refugees

Our Mission

Hogar Immigrant Services, Education and Workforce Development, and Migration and Refugee Services respond to the Catholic Church’s call for social justice by welcoming the newcomer to this country, regardless of ethnicity, religion, nationality, or ability to pay.

Our goal is for immigrants to achieve self-sufficiency and participate fully in the greater community. We achieve this goal by offering a combination of legal consultation and representation; English-language instruction and other adult education programs; and naturalization assistance.

Hogar Immigrant Services founded in 1981, is a leader in providing high-quality services at a fair cost in the Catholic Diocese of Arlington. We accomplish this through the continued generosity of our donors and through the dedicated service of our well-trained staff and volunteers.

Education and Workforce Development formerly part of Hogar Immigrant Services, the program strives to help individuals meet their educational and career goals by helping them with English-language instruction, job mentoring, job search assistance, job skills development, citizenship preparation, and much more. 

Migration and Refugee Services is one of 104 national affiliates of the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops. Since its founding in 1975, the office has resettled and assisted over 20,000 refugees and asylees in the Northern Virginia community. All refugees that enter our program have been vetted by the U.S. State Department, and 89% of those we assist have helped the U.S. Military abroad. 


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