Boston | Lynn | Worcester - Mass. [email protected] 617.238.2430

The Refugee & Immigrant Assistance Center, formerly known as the Somali Women and Children’s Association, was established in 1993. It is a community-based, grassroots organization dedicated to promoting educational and socio-economic development in Massachusetts refugee and immigrant communities.

Covid-19 Drive

Activated Massachusetts African Community (AMAC) partnered with Whittier Street Health Center (WSHC) to provide free COVID-19 testing for the African Community on the 21st of August. The event is taking place on Friday, August 21st at 253 Roxbury Street, Boston MA 02119. This event will include the distribution of free PPE (masks and hand sanitizers) and $50 gift cards for each household. Testing is free, no ID required and all immigration statuses are welcomed. This is for the African immigrant community, so please come, bring your family and others!

RIAC’s Core goals

Refugee Resettlement


RIAC began its resettlement program in 2001. More than 200 refugees from different countries including Bhutan, Iraq, Congo, Syria, Afghanistan, Burma, Somalia, and Ethiopia are resettled annually by RIAC in greater Boston and Worcester.

Donald Martin


RIAC is authorized by the Board of Immigration Appeals to provide Immigration Legal Services. We provide the many immigration services to meet the needs of our clients:  click more

Community Outreach & Education


RIAC offers a variety of community education projects that include: 


Youth Program

World Refugee Day

Employ Refugees
Hire Global Talent

When refugees arrive here in Boston they are often bringing with them skills and talents from previous careers in their home country. We are always looking to match our clients with open minded employers who are looking for motivated, dedicated employees. If your business would be interested in hiring refugees and immigrants, please e-mail us at [email protected] or call our Boston office at 617-238-2430.

Summer Intern Highlight

Summer 2018 intern, Hannah Rosenstein, shares her experience at RIAC. We were so grateful to have her in the office assisting with various projects. RIAC’s staff and clients will miss her but are wishing her the best in the rest of her studies!

This wonderful video was put together by Brown University, please click here for the full story.

The Refugee and Immigrant Assistance Center

Join our course and start building the most wanted career available today. We make sure every class is easily understood, and that all students reach the same level of expertise needed for today’s hi-tech industry.

Working hours

Monday- Thursday:8:00-18:30 Hrs
(Phone until 17:30 Hrs)
Friday - 8:00-14:00

We are here

253 Roxbury Street          
Boston, MA 02119
T: (617) 238-2430
F: (617) 238-7143

316 Main St. Suite 602       Worcester, MA 01608     
T: (508) 756-7557
F: (508) 756-2006

330 Lynnway Lynn, MA, 01901
(Inside the New American Center) Please contact Boston office for questions about Lynn office.