Who is a Refugee?
A refugee is someone who has been forced to flee his or her country due to war, persecution, or violence.  War and ethnic, tribal and religious violence are leading causes of refugees fleeing their countries. Refugees have a well-founded fear of persecution for reasons of race, religion, nationality, political opinion or membership in a particular social group.  Due to this persecution, refugees cannot return to their home country.

Who is an Asylee?
An asylee is someone who has fled their own country to seek sanctuary in another country.  Upon arrival, they apply for asylum – the right to be recognized as a refugee and receive legal protection and material assistance.  An asylum seeker must demonstrate that his or her fear of persecution in his or her home country is well-founded.

Mosaic proudly collaborated with the City of Dallas’ office of Welcoming Communities and Immigrant Affairs and the Refugee Mental Health Coalition to create the Newcomers Mental Wellness Guidebook.

This guidebook expands awareness of local mental health and behavioral health resources that provide culturally responsive services and is tailored to meet the needs of newcomers.

Texas has a long history of welcoming refugees and is a go-to state for refugees to resettle. Most refugees have undergone extreme physical and psychological hardship, but culture shock, limited English, and other barriers often prevent them from accessing the health care they need.

We serve individuals who have a valid 1-94 and I -551 Green Card (Legal Permanent Resident card), a valid social security card, and have been in the United States for less than 5 years who belong in one of the following categories:

  • Refugees under section 207 of the INA
  • Asylees whose status was granted under Section 208
  • Special Immigrant Visa (SIV) holders
  • Afghan individuals who receive Special Immigrant (SI) Conditional Permanent Residence
  • Certified Victims of Human Trafficking
  • Cuban/Haitian Entrants Parolees
  • Afghan Humanitarian Parolees
  • Ukrainian Humanitarian Parolees

For more information, please contact Mirjana Omeragic at mirjanao@mosaicservices.org or (214) 821-5393 ext. 243.