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.
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).
Legal representation for disability cases is still a primary focus. Our attorneys work closely with healthcare providers, case managers and counselors to ensure that our refugee and immigrant clients’ cases are presented competently and compassionately. We handle cases at every step of the disability process. We represent refugees and immigrants, including those who have become U.S. citizens.