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CRIS’ mission is to help refugees and immigrants reach and sustain self-
sufficiency and achieve successful integration into the Central Ohio
CRIS is an independent non-profit agency serving refugees, asylees and immigrants in central Ohio. Among local community-based organizations, CRIS is the largest agency providing services to immigrants in Central Ohio - and is the agency providing the most extensive
services to immigrant populations in our area. Those services include immigration legal services and interpretation and translation.
CRIS has a staff of 50 that comes from around the world and members are fluent in many languages
(Albanian, Amharic, Arabic, ASL [American Sign Language], Dutch, English, French, Hindi, Italian,
Khmer, Kikongo, Lingala, Maay-Maay, Oromifa, Portuguese, Russian, Somali, Spanish, Swahili, Tigrinya, Tuni, Ukrainian, and Urdu). The agency's staff includes three attorneys, a Licensed Social Worker and
CRIS’ multilingual, multicultural staff was chosen for the purpose of meeting the needs of the refugee and immigrant populations who have arrived the most recently, who are here in the greatest numbers and who have the greatest service needs. The majority of our staff members came to the United States as refugees or immigrants themselves.
CRIS has extensive experience in working with refugees of all national origins, and a tradition of
delivering services fairly and impartially. CRIS has served customers from 119 countries of origin.
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