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Newcomers Orientation

Resettlement agencies bringing the refugees to the country are overwhelmed with the number of refugees resettled in San Diego. This makes them have very little to no time to spend on a particular group of refugees to inform them about what to expect with their new "life in America".

These are people who spent up to 20 years in refugee camps. Before the camps they came from countries where there was little to no law enforcement.

One of the most important things to do in order to help Congolese refugees from getting involved in Domestic Violence and other forms of crime is to give them proper orientation upon their resettlement in the country. For instance, in some parts of Africa, one can hit his wife or his child and this won't be a big issue but it's not acceptable in the United States, people can dump or throw garbage or dirt anywhere they want and that won't cause any problem with the laws; just to name a few examples.

The Congolese Family Support Organization – CFSO will conduct orientation sessions on a one on one basis (per family) and organize get-together meetings with the newcomer Congolese to make sure they understand more about the life in America and can have more of a feeling of community with others that have been through a similar experience. This activity can be done in collaboration with resettlement agencies and other CFSO partners.

For more information about this service, contact: Tel.: +1-619-249-8180 or send us an email at info@congolesefamily.org