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World Refugee Day

June 20 is World Refugee Day, the time of year when we honor the courage and resilience of refugees--recognizing the hardships they have faced, the new lives they have created, and the positive impact they have on our communities. Since 2000, The American Place, Hartford Public Library has welcomed hundreds of refugees from Bosnia, Iraq, Afghanistan, the Congo, Sierra Leone, Somalia, Burma, Bhutan and many other nations across the globe. We invite you to listen to their powerful stories ( and visit Hartford Public Library, 500 Main Street, Main Level for a display of local refugee art. 


Legal Help              Refugee Resettlement             Other Resources  

Legal Help

Hartford Public Library (HPL) Downtown Branch (500 Main Street) is recognized by the US Department of Justice, Board of Immigration Appeals (BIA) to offer legal advice by its BIA accredited representatives. Only Attorneys or BIA Accredited Representatives can provide legal advice. Notary publics, businesses, immigration consultants are NOT able to give immigration legal advice. THE WRONG HELP CAN HURT!

SCOPE OF SERVICE by appointment only: 
To schedule an appointment please visit us in person Downtown Library, 500 Main St. days, evenings, and Saturdays; special arrangements are made for the homebound. Please remember to bring your green card with you. 

  • I-90 $50
  • N-400 FREE
  • N-600 FREE  
  • N-648 FREE
  • I-912 FREE
  • I-821D FREE
  • Document Translation $20 a page (limited languages)
  • Notary $5
  • Photos $10 (includes 2 photos)
  • Technical assistance for online submissions $25
  • Citizenship and English language classes FREE

Customers wishing to fill out online forms themselves are advised to visit the USCIS official website at  DO NOT apply at  OR   Make sure the address ends with .gov   
At Here you can check your case status, download forms, and schedule an appointment with a USCIS Immigration Officer. Appointments for CT residents are scheduled at the Hartford Field Office, 450 Main Street, Hartford, CT 06103. Phone (800) 375-5283, TDD/Text (800) 767-1833. Hours of Operation: 7:30am to 3:00 p.m. Monday - Friday (with the exception of the 3rd Friday of each month when the office is closed to the public). 


Free services are funded in part by U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services; Hartford Foundation for Public Giving; and, Project Citizenship 


Area immigartion service providers 

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Protect Yourself Against Raids & Enforcement Actions 

Refugee Resettlement and Background Information       



The Cultural Orientation Resource Center (COR) provides orientation resources for refugee newcomers and service providers. Publications include refugee background information on the:   

Office of United Nations Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) Primary purpose safeguarding the rights and well-being of refugees.

U.S. Department of Health & Human Services Office of Refugee Settlement (ORR) Oversees federally funded refugee resettlement programs in the US.

U.S. State Department Bureau of Population, Refugees, and Migration (PRM) Promotes United States’ population and migration policies.  

Connecticut Refugee Resettlement Services  

Connecticut State Refugee Assistance Program
Department of Social Services
25 Sigourney Street, Hartford, CT 06106
State Refugee Coordinator: Carlene Taylor, 860-424-5889
State Refugee Health Coordinator: Alison Stratton,860.509.7375
ORR Regional Representative: Julie Munro, 617.565.3671

Catholic Charities Migration & Refugee Services
35 Groton Street, Hartford, CT 06106
(860) 297-7800  
Integrated Refugee & Immigrant Services
235 Nicoll Street, New Haven, CT 06511
International Institute of Connecticut
670 Clinton Avenue, Bridgeport, CT 06605-1704
(203) 336-0141

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Suggested readings: 

Suggested films:

  • Blood Diamond (2007 Feature Film,143 min.) 
  • God Grew Tired of Us (2007 Documentary, 90 min.) 
  • Hotel Rwanda (2005 Feature Film, 122 min.) 
  • The Killing Fields (1984 Feature film, 142 min.)  
  • The Letter, an American Town, and the Somali (2003 Documentary, 76 min.)  
  • The Lost Boys of Sudan (2004 Documentary, 87 min.)  
  • Pray the Devil Back to Hell (2008 Documentary, 72 min.) 
  • Shake Hands with the Devil: The Journey of Romeo Dallaire (2005 Documentary, 90 min.)

Other Resources

Immigration Policy Center   
Immigrant Rights  
Migration Policy Institute 
National Partnership for New Americans  
Immigration Learning Center  
U.S. Immigration History  
U.S. Department of State 

Brookings Institution Of note: state-of-metropolitan-america-indicator-map 
Federation for American Reform (FAIR) 
Grant Makers Concerned with Immigration and Refugees (GCIR)  
New York Times: Immigration Explorer Interactive Map: 1880-2000   
New York Times: Mapping America: Every City Every Block   
WRAPS Refugee Processing Center

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