Who are the top Volags?

By Office of Refugee Resettlement
Volume 23, Number 4 (Summer 2013)
Issue theme: "Refugee racket"

From the Office of Refugee Resettlement’s online list of “Volags” — voluntary agencies — that contract for resettlement and placement of refugees in the United States. Many or most Volag administrators and workers have good intentions, but the actions of their organizations raise legitimate concerns, including ethical

Church World Service is the relief, development, and refugee assistance ministry of 35 Protestant, Orthodox, and Anglican communions in the United States. The Immigration and Refugee Program is its largest program. http://www.churchworldservice.org/

Episcopal Migration Ministries, a program of the Domestic and Foreign Missionary Society of the Protestant Episcopal Church, responds to refugees, immigrants, and displaced persons both domestically and internationally. http://www.ecusa.anglican.org/emm/

Ethiopian Community Development Council is a non-profit community-based organization that also conducts humanitarian, educational, and socio-economic development programs in Ethopia. http://www.ecdcinternational.org

Hebrew Immigrant Aid Society (HIAS) was founded in 1881 and is the national and worldwide arm of the organized American Jewish Community for the rescue, relocation, and resettlement of refugees and migrants. http://www.hias.org/

International Rescue Committee, founded in 1933, provides emergency relief, rehabilitation, protection of human rights, post-conflict development, resettlement services, and advocacy for those uprooted or affected by conflict and oppression in over 25 countries. http://www.theirc.org/

Lutheran Immigration and Refugee Service, organized in 1939 to help World War II refugee survivors rebuild their lives in the United States, is now the largest Protestant refugee and immigrant-serving agency in the United States. http://lirs.org

U.S. Committee for Refugees and Immigrants is a non-profit refugee resettlement, immigrant service, public education, and advocacy organization serving the needs of refugees, asylum seekers, and immigrants through a network of nearly 50 community-based partner agencies in the United States since 1911. http://refugees.org/

United States Conference of Catholic Bishops is the public policy and social action agency of the Roman Catholic bishops in the United States. Its Migration and Refugee Services is the lead office responsible for developing USCCB policies on immigrants, refugees, and migrants. http://www.usccb.org/mrs/

World Relief is an international relief and development organization committed to relieving human suffering, poverty, and hunger worldwide, founded by the National Association of Evangelicals in 1944 to assist victims of World War II. http://www.wr.org/

Source: http://www.acf.hhs.gov/programs/orr/partners/voluntary agencies.htm