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 JFS SV protects and supports refugees who have experienced persecution due to their religion, ethnicity, political expression or sexual orientation. They come from Iran, Iraq, Afghanistan, Russia, Ukraine and other eastern European countries and various countries throughout Africa. The people we help are fleeing dire and often violent circumstances.

As the second largest refugee resettlement agency in Santa Clara County, JFS SV serves 200+ refugees annually with resettlement, vocational English training, job search assistance, case management, and emergency food assistance. Our services to refugees have been funded through HIAS, County of Santa Clara, United Way Silicon Valley, Silicon Valley Community Foundation, other foundations and generous individuals.

Funding for refugee services is in peril!  Our refugee resettlement and Connections to Work programs depend on annual awards of over $300,000 for the past decade -- and these are no longer certain.

How You Can Help Refugees!

Learn about ways you can help refugees.

Donate to JFS SV's Emergency Fund for Refugees

One way to help is to donate money to The Ruth Perkins Emergency Fund for Refugee Services.  All donations to this fund go directly to help our refugee services programs.

Refugees need support finding affordable housing!

You can help with near-term financial support for rent,

or even offer an extra room or unoccupied apartment

or home.  For more details and contact info, click here!

Ruth, Mindy and Roya at June 2018

Refugee Crisis event.

Refugee Crisis

JFS' advocacy table at the Refugee Crisis

event in June 2018.

Yemi, Kamran and Mindy at June 2018 Refugee Crisis Event.

To read Mindy's speech at the event, click here.


HuffPost: War Tore This Family Apart For A Decade. Now Trump Won’t Let Them Reunite.

Read and hear about it, including JFS Executive Director Mindy Berkowitz's Comments!

NPR:  Hear Mindy on NPR interview  on Trump administration denying Iranian Christians asylum.

Yemi Getachew speaks at June 2018 Refugee Crisis event.