USCRI Des Moines



The USCRI Des Moines field office has been welcoming refugees from around the world to central Iowa since 2010. Refugees resettled in Des Moines primarily come from Afghanistan, Burma, the Democratic Republic of Congo, Eritrea, Iraq, Somalia, Sudan, and Syria. Newly arrived refugees receive a comprehensive set of services including housing placement, cultural orientation, school enrollment, healthcare coordination, and employment preparation and placement. USCRI Des Moines also serves survivors of human trafficking and refugees and immigrants who have been in the U.S. for longer periods of time.


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Director: Samantha Huynh

Phone: 515-528-8087
Fax: 515-528-8087

Email: [email protected]

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  • Employment, Housing and Interpreting: These services are offered to refugees and survivors of trafficking to help them get back on their feet as quickly as possible.
  • Legal: The Immigration Legal Services Program offers low-cost, professional legal representation to low-income refugees and immigrants and their families with family- and humanitarian-based immigration matters.
  • Health and Mental Health: Health services and mental health counseling are provided to refugees, immigrants, unaccompanied minors and survivors of trafficking.
  • Social Services: Social services may include family support, matching grants, employment, and intensive case management.


Organize a donation drive, sponsor a refugee family, or volunteer with us!


USCRI Des Moines has a number of volunteer positions open including administrative support, donations management, apartment setup, bus training, client transportation to and from appointments, and State ID procurement. These are ongoing opportunities with training that provide a chance for continued service.


For more information, email us at:
[email protected]
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