Welcome to RISE: Refugee & Immigrant Services AND Empowerment
Our mission is to promote justice for refugees and immigrants through legal representation, advocacy, and education for the broader community.
BREAKING NEWS: RISE IS JOINING THE IRCO
LEGAL PROGRAM, EFFECTIVE JANUARY 1, 2019!
We opened our doors in June 2016 as the first nonprofit in the United States to focus on refugees and immigrants who are eligible for Social Security disability benefits. We called ourselves Refugee Disability Benefits Oregon (RDBO) and later changed our name to Refugee & Immigrant Services and Empowerment (RISE). This year, IRCO invited us to become part of their new legal program. Our Board believes we can better serve our clients as a part of IRCO -- and we are making the move!
Legal representation of refugees and immigrants for disability cases will be our only focus. Our attorneys will continue to work closely with healthcare providers, case managers and counselors to ensure that our refugee and immigrant clients’ cases are presented competently and compassionately, at the 95% success rate we have been able to achieve.