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    Individuals who have fled their native country and have been given official permission by the government to settle permanently in another country. In the United States, refugee status is given to people who are outside their country of nationality and who are unwilling to return to that country because of persecution or a well-founded fear of persecution based on the individuals' race, religion, nationality, membership in a particular social group or political opinion. Entrant status allows the individual to remain in the U.S., but does not confer true "refugee" status. Asylees are refugees who apply for this status while already in the U.S. (on student or tourist visas, for example).

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    JFCS Immigrant Services and Connections (ISAC)ISAC is a six-agency partnership headed by Jewish Family & Children’s Service, and all agencies are experts in serving the growing immigrant community. Partners include Casa San Jose, a program of the Sisters of St. Joseph, Greater Pittsburgh Literacy Council (GPLC), Latino Family Center of the Allegheny Intermediate Unit, Northern Area Multi-Service Center (NAMSC), and South Hills Interfaith Movement (SHIM). ISAC is funded by the Allegheny County Department of Human Services. Our goals are to connect immigrants living in Allegheny County to existing services, programs, and communities, strengthen Pittsburgh’s ethnic communities and educate Allegheny County service providers about immigrants in the region, their needs and rights regarding culturally and linguistically appropriate services. Services include information & referrals (with interpretation when needed), service coordination (with interpretation when needed) to assess needs and connect clients to a full range of community connections, and bilingual navigation. Bilingual community workers provide ISAC clients with hands-on short-term assistance to help them learn to access services so clients become more independent AlleghenyJFCS - Refugee and Immigrant ServicesJewish Family and Community Services
    Pennsylvania Refugee Health ProgramThe Pennsylvania Refugee Health Program seeks to assess the current health status of all newly arriving refugees and identify health problems not identified or developed subsequent to the overseas medical exam; Ensure follow-up of refugees with conditions identified during the overseas medical exam & Provide referral and treatment.DauphinPennsylvania Department of HealthPennsylvania Department of Health
    University of Pittsburgh School of Law - Immigration Law ClinicClinic personnel specialize in serving immigrants in removal proceedings and asylum cases, as well as survivors of domestic violence. Clinic students represent immigrants requesting asylum, facing removal from the United States, and seeking special protection under the Violence Against Women Act. Students also help clients to overcome linguistic and cultural barriers that could impede their success in the U.S. legal system.AlleghenyUniversity of Pittsburgh School of LawUniversity of Pittsburgh

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