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.


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

  • 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.

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Their Story is Our Story Applauds the Signing of Virginia House Bill 995 and Continues Efforts to Open Doors for Foreign-trained Medical Professionals in Other States

Their Story is Our Story (TSOS), a non-profit organization that collects and shares the experiences of refugees to deepen understanding and influence action, applauds the signing of Virginia House Bill 995 into law by Governor Glenn Youngkin, after its unanimous passage through the Virginia House of Delegates and Senate. It will create a pathway for foreign-trained doctors who have immigrated to the state, including those whose careers were interrupted by forcible displacement, to fill workforce gaps in medically underserved communities.

April 11, 2024


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
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