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Congresswoman Louise Slaughter

Representing the 25th District of New York

Slaughter Announces $200,000 in Funding for Rochester Refugee Group

October 16, 2017
Press Release
Award will fund efforts to expand refugee assistance programs

ROCHESTER, NY — Congresswoman Louise Slaughter (NY-25) today announced a $199,991 grant for Refugees Helping Refugees (RHR) from the Department of Health and Human Services’ Office of Refugee Resettlement. Refugees Helping Refugees is a volunteer-based not-for-profit organization in Rochester that provides services to refugees to facilitate successful transition to life in the United States and help them attain self-sufficiency.

“This federal award for Refugees Helping Refugees is a testament to the inclusive, important work happening right here in our community. For 15 years, this not-for-profit has helped countless refugees in Rochester gain the resources and the skills they need to thrive. This funding will help further that critical mission at a time when the Trump administration continues to use travel bans and short-sighted policies to prevent refugees from finding safety in our country,” said Slaughter. 

Refugees Helping Refugees was founded in 2002 and offers a wide range of services to refugees including ESOL classes, case management, healthy living programs, vocational training, senior services, work experience programs, legal counseling and more. The group will use the funding to expand these efforts, including offering programs for children and the elderly.

Congresswoman Slaughter has been a steadfast supporter of immigration and refugee rights under the Trump administration. In April, Rep. Slaughter stood with colleagues in denouncing the president’s decision to halt U.S. assistance for the United Nations Population Fund, which provides life-saving services to many in war zones and refugee camps. Rep. Slaughter has also actively fought against the president’s travel and refugee bans, including introducing legislation that would block these bans from taking effect.