Sunday, July 23rd, 2017

Refugee Programs

“If not for this organization, I would not have survived. They brought me back to life.”

To achieve our mission, the Refugee Services Department comprises of a variety of programs:

Florida Center for Survivors of Torture (FCST)

The Florida Center for Survivors of Torture (FCST) serves survivors of political and state-sponsored torture living in Tampa Bay and Miami-Dade through an intensive case management and strength-based, client-centered model. The goals of the program are to increase self-sufficiency and self-efficacy and to support survivors in their healing process.

Refugee Youth and Family Program (RYFP)

With offices in Hillsborough, Pinellas, Palm Beach and Miami-Dade counties, the Refugee Youth and Family Program works with “at-risk” youth enrolled in K-12 ages 5-20 who are refugees, asylees, or Cuban/Haitian Entrants in the United States less than 5 years. The program seeks to improve school success, reduce dropout risk factors, help youth successfully transition from school to the workplace, and improve the acculturation process and preservation of the refugee family.

National Partnership for Community Training (NPCT)

NPCT is a training and technical assistance program which enhances awareness about the impact of political torture and teaches skills to respond appropriately using trauma informed care principles. With FCST, NPCT partners with the Harvard Program for Refugee Trauma and the Bellevue/NYU Program for Survivors of Torture.

Resettlement & Placement (R&P)

As an affiliate of the Hebrew Immigrant Aid Society (HIAS), GCJFCS and the Refugee Services Department, R&P resettles refugees from around the world who have been persecuted based on ethnicity, nationality, religion, political affiliation, and/or membership in a social group. 


The VOICES program provides interpretation and translation services to increase access to services for non-English speakers.