Church World Service (CWS) opened an office in Miami, Florida, in 1960 in response to the needs of refugees fleeing Cuba in the aftermath of the revolution. Since then, the office has responded to subsequent waves of Cubans, Haitians and other refugees, asylum seekers and immigrants in South Florida by providing needed social and legal services - including, most recently, the U.S. government extending the opportunity to Haitians to apply for Temporary Protected Status following the 2010 earthquake in Haiti and Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) to individuals (“DREAMers”) who are eligible under the program’s criteria.
Those services have touched literally hundreds of thousands of lives as CWS Miami has welcomed, fed, and clothed newcomers; reunited and strengthened families, and enabled clients to become self-sufficient and integrate into their new communities.
CWS Miami served 16,552 clients in FY 2012 through its portfolio of programs. Specific services included:
- cultural and community orientation to 6,562 Cuban parolees.
- free or nominal fee immigration legal services to 7,265 clients.
- resettlement services to 103 refugees from three nationalities through the U.S. Refugee Admissions Program.
- Match Grant program services promoting early self sufficiency to 614 refugees, asylees, Cuban and Haitian entrants and survivors of a severe form of trafficking.
In FY 2012, CWS Miami also:
- reunited 1,190 Cuban entrants with their families in Miami-Dade and Palm Beach counties, and helped 637 without sponsors in Florida resettle to seven other cities.
- served 261 Haitian Family Services clients.
Since 2004, CWS-Miami has provided religious services at the Krome immigration detention facility.
Contact CWS Miami:
CWS Miami Office
1924 NW 84th Avenue
Building 10, Beacon Center
Doral, FL 33126
3409 N Powerline Road, Suite 1101
Oakland Park, FL 33309
Palm Beach Sub-Office
220 S Congress Park Drive, Suite 300
Delray Beach, FL 33445