Washington, D.C.

America’s commitment to welcoming refugees is strong in the nation’s capital where there is a long tradition of supporting newcomers in their resettlement. Known by locals as the DMV, the greater D.C. metro area spans from the District of Columbia into central Maryland and Northern Virginia where governmental agencies, nonprofits, and citizens form a flourishing network of support. The Community Programs team in D.C. is actively engaged with local nonprofit organizations, serving in the community, and developing opportunities for collecting and sharing refugee stories.

Demographics
ARRIVALS

FY 2017-2019 data source: Refugee Processing Center, includes refugee and SIV status only
FY 2020-2022 data source: Virginia Department of Social Services, includes Cuban, Haitian, Afghan parolee, Ukrainian parolee, refguee, SIV, and trafficking victim; Maryland Office of Refugees & Asylees, includes refugees, SIV, humanitarian parole, asylum

TOP COUNTRIES OF ORIGIN
TOP NEWCOMER LANGUAGES
  • Dari
  • Pashto
  • French
  • Ukrainian
  • Swahili
  • Kinyarwanda
  • Spanish
  • Arabic

FY 2022 data source: Languages based on the official and/or most common language of arrivals’ country of origin.

Blog Posts
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Event

TSOS Joins Panel Discussion at National Conference to Advocate for Refugee Doctors

Their Story is Our Story (TSOS) was privileged to participate inECDC’s 2023 National Conference, August 23-24, 2023. Addressing the theme “Hope and Resilience,” both local and national leaders and advocates responded to the challenges of the past few years and looked forward to the future of refugee resettlement with a renewed sense of optimism.

January 6, 2024

Call to Action

Voice Your Support for Afghan Adjustment

The Afghan Adjustment (AA) has been reintroduced in both the House (H.R.4627) and the Senate (S.2327) of the United States by a bipartisan group of legislators. We invite you to join us in honoring our promise to our Afghan allies by urging your representatives to pass the Afghan Adjustment!

December 6, 2023

Volunteer Perspective

Connecting with Afghan Youth through Art

It is often our individual talents and passions that lead us to story projects. That was the case when a local organization Nova RAFT (Resettle Afghan Families Together) told us about a group of Afghan youth who were using art to express their experiences from evacuation to resettlement. That germinated an idea of hosting an Art Workshop with TSOS DC-Community Liaison, Annie Gedicks, who teaches art at Nova Community College.

September 29, 2023
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Partners
Volunteer alongside our team with these local organizations.
Leadership
Get to know our Washington, D.C. leadership team.
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Community Programs Coordinator - Washington D.C.
Emily Hendrickson TSOS 2 Emily Hendrickson
Community Liaison - Washington DC
Annie
Community Liaison, Washington, D.C.
Heather
Associate Director
Carla
Photographer, Washington, D.C.
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