We celebrate 30 years of RIAC.
Welcome to RIAC! Since 1993, we’ve been empowering refugees and immigrants in Boston, Lynn, and Worcester. Formerly the Somali Women And Children’s Association, RIAC proudly celebrates 30 years of service.
As a grassroots non-profit, we offer comprehensive support, including refugee resettlement, counseling, outreach, education, and various social services. We’re all about fostering cultural development, socioeconomic growth, and self-sufficiency.
At RIAC, our mission is simple: For Refugees, By Refugees. We’re committed to creating a welcoming and supportive environment, working hand in hand to build a stronger, more inclusive community. Join us on this journey of empowerment and inclusivity at RIAC, where every story contributes to our diverse and vibrant community.
RIAC demonstrates compassionate support, service, and concern for refugees, asylees, and immigrants and their families. As part of this caring attitude, it will educate and inform the population groups it serves and their families.
RIAC understands that refugees, asylees, and immigrants are part of all races, ethnicities, and religions and seeks to assist as many individuals as its financial resources allow.
RIAC educates the public and advocates for the long-term inclusion and participation of refugees, asylees, immigrants, and their families.
RIAC believes its work as an advocate and service provider will be necessary for many years into the future. Therefore, it strives to deliver on its mission with thoughtful strategic choices that ensure it has sufficient financial resources.
Meet our Team
Executive Director & Founder
Dr. Jean Wilkinson, PhD
Chief Clinical Operations Officer
Dr. Lisa Fortuna, MD
Chief Medical Officer
Chief Resettlement & Integration Officer
Director of Finance & Administration
Director of Community Services
Resettlement & Integration (Boston Office)
Program & Development Officer
Resettlement & Integration (Worcester Office)
Murad Ali Zada
Community Services & Advocacy
Abdul Wahed Safi
Program Liaison/ Advocate
Mental Health Clinic
Dr. Alisa Miller, PhD
Carmel Drewes, LICSW
Sarah Bansen, NP
Administration & Finance
Please consider donating to our efforts.
We are not currently hiring, contact us email@example.com for volunteer opportunities.