Survivor Resettlement

This program, the Survivor Resettlement is the entire reorientation of the lives of FGM survivors, including the improvement of their livelihood.  It is intended to serve as the first step toward the assimilation in the new life of a survivor of FGM.  The Survivor Resettlement program is designed to help the survivor integrate to the American lifestyle.  The program provides services that offer resettlement assistance to women and girls who have experienced FGM and/or are at risk of undergoing it.  In the metro area, the top ten African communities are Ethiopia, Nigeria, Sierra Leone, Ghana, Cameroon, Liberia, Somalia, Guinea, Sudan and Eritrea.  The Ethiopian community in the metro area is the largest Ethiopian population in the world outside Ethiopia itself.  The U.S. Population Reference Bureau reports that more than half a million women and girls residing in the U.S. have either undergone FGM or are at risk of experiencing it.

The components of the Survivor Resettlement program are the following:

  • Asylum Assistance
  • Employment Assistance
  • Permanent Residency Assistance
  • Housing Application Assistance
  • Health Insurance and Living Assistance
  • English as a Second Language (ESL) Application