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Guided by the principles of human compassion and dignity, Refugee Services of Texas welcomes refugees, immigrants, and other displaced peoples and supports them in integrating and thriving in their new communities.


Founded in 1978, Refugee Services of Texas (RST) is a social-service agency dedicated to providing assistance to refugees and other displaced persons fleeing persecution based on race, religion, nationality, political opinion, or membership in a particular social group - as well as to the communities that welcome them. RST provides services to hundreds of refugees, asylees, survivors of human trafficking, and related vulnerable populations from over 30 different countries of origin each year. Originating in Dallas, RST now has service centers in Amarillo, Austin, Dallas, Fort Worth, Houston, the Rio Grande Valley, and San Antonio.


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.

RST provides services to eligible individuals without regard to race, color, nationality, English proficiency, sex, religion, age, sexual orientation, gender identity, or disability.


Refugee Services of Texas has seven service centers across Texas, offering programs uniquely designed to assist refugees, asylees, survivors of human trafficking, and other vulnerable populations, helping them to become self-sufficient as quickly as possible.

For a full list of programs offered, visit Our Programs page!  


RST is an affiliate of Lutheran Immigration and Refugee Service (LIRS), Church World Service (CWS), and Episcopal Migration Ministries (EMM).

To provide our clients with employment assistance, initial housing, household goods and furnishings, case management, resources, referrals, education, and guidance to assist in establishing self-sufficient lives in Texas, RST works in partnership with volunteers, faith-based communities, social service groups, and businesses.  

For a full list of our partners, visit Our Partners page!  

Refugee Services of Texas provides compassionate and quality support services to refugees and other vulnerable populations. Diversity, equity, and inclusion efforts are vital to ensure employee engagement and belonging in our workplace as we accomplish our mission. RST is committed to a culture of diversity and inclusion.  We have a responsibility to treat others with dignity and respect at all times and to foster a culture where we recognize and embrace each other’s differences.  The same laws and policies with regard to race, color, national origin, religion, age, gender, disability, gender expression or identity, and sexual orientation protect us all, and we celebrate our varied lived experiences.  As such, we have an expectation of safety and an organization free of discriminatory behavior.

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