Who We Serve

Refugee Services of Texas serves refugees, asylees, individuals with Special Immigrant Visas, Cuban-Haitian entrants, Central American minors, survivors of human trafficking, and other vulnerable populations. In addition, RST works to facilitate partnerships with host communities to build a welcoming environment.


Asylum seekers, or asylees, are persons who have left their home country as refugees and are seeking asylum in another. They must meet the definition of a refugee, but secure their own travel to the United States.



The U.S. government has granted special status to Cubans and Haitians who flee their country to live in the United States. Once they arrive on U.S. soil, they are granted asylum and are eligible for the same services as refugees.



Human trafficking is when a person or group uses fraud, coercion, or force to exploit another person for labor or commercial sex acts. Victims of trafficking have usually had their documents taken away and may have been tortured and abused.


Persons who have fled their country of origin and cannot return due to a well-founded fear of persecution due to race, religion, nationality, political opinion, or membership in particular social groups.



This visa is offered to Iraqi and Afghani citizens who are being threatened in their home countries due to their work with the U.S. military or U.S. contractors.



Central American Minors come to the United States to escape violence and insecurity in their home countries. Most of these children come from Guatemala, El Salvador, Honduras, and Mexico. Through the refugee resettlement program, these children may lawfully be reunited with their families in the United States.



An Unaccompanied Minor is defined as a child under 18 years of age who has no immigration status upon entering  in the United States and, arrives without their biological parent. Unaccompanied Minors from countries such as Guatemala, Honduras and El Salvador have arrived at the Texas border with Mexico in record numbers in recent years. By law, the United States Health and Human Services department must provide for the custody and care of these children unless a sponsor can be found while they go through the immigration process. 

The Refugee Journey