The Horn of African Community Institute serves several diverse populations predominately the immigrants and refugees from the horn of Africa, predominantly from Ethiopia, Eritrea, Somalia and Djibouti. who are residing in the DC metro Politian areas. In addition to our beneficiaries and members, we also provide service to DC government policy makers, political asylum lawyers, activists and students. They receive and use our reports on the human rights and other situations in the Horn of Africa region. We serve people who come from the Horn of Africa region who have come to the United States seeking refugee and asylum by connecting them to lawyers, doctors and psychologists and providing expert testimony and affidavits. Our work also benefits the general US public who will be more informed about countries in the Horn of Africa and contribute for peace and development in the region.
Horn of Africa Community Institute targets African Refugees and Migrants mainly those coming from the Horn of Africa region including countries of Ethiopia, Eretria, Djibouti. Somalia and Sudan.
Client Selection Criteria for Refugees and Immigrants
Our organization identifies its specific clients using the following selection criteria;
- Refugees and immigrants who are at least 16 years of age
- Refugees legally present in the U.S. (these include asylum seekers who have submitted asylum applications to United States Citizen and Immigration Services (USCIS), protection seekers, etc.)
- Dependents and family mamebers of refugees
- Refugees and their dependents newly arriving in the greater metropolitan area who have submitted asylum applications to USCIS.
- Immigrants who are low earning and who are legal residents of the greater metropolitan cities.
- Fmembers and dependents of low-earning immigrants. Priority is given to the following:
- Refugees and migrants who have a household member with a disability
- Refugees and immigrants with three or more family members
- Refugees who have suffered severe human right abuse before coming to the U.S.
- Refugees who have come leaving one or more children back home who suffers from psychological stress and needs the family to be totally reunited.
- Refugees and migrants suffering from medical problems
- Refugees and migrants with inadequate income and struggling to fulfil their basic needs