Strengthen Ethnic Community-Based Organizations

The Mutual Assistance Associations Innovations in Technical Assistance (MITA) is the Office of Refugee Resettlement's (ORR) national technical assistance program provided through ECDC. In 2009, ECDC was awarded funding from ORR to provide innovative Technical Assistance (TA) to selected Ethnic Community-Based Organizations (ECBOs) and Mutual Assistance Associations (MAAs) by helping them to develop their capacity to aid community members’ long-term integration in the United States.


The goal of this initiative is to provide intensive one-on-one technical assistance in order to enhance their capacity to serve more refugees with comprehensive, quality services that are well managed and well-resourced. Five areas of capacity-building are targeted: strategic action planning, resource development and fund-raising, organizational leadership, management, and accountability. ECBOs that are serving refugees according to ORR's definition and provisions are eligible to apply for the MITA program, regardless of whether they have now or in the past received funding from ORR.

MAA Innovations in Technical Assistance (MITA)

MITA Background


MITA Grantees



MITA Five Areas of Capacity Building

Case Management & Data Collection Systems

        o ClientTrack

        o Filemaker

        o Microsoft Access Database

        o WebEx

        o Family Self-Sufficiency Planning Tool by Kentucky Office for Refugees


Links to other Office of Refugee Resettlement (ORR)


Technical Assistance (T/TA) Providers


There are 14 Training and Technical Assistance (T/TA) providers funded by the Office of Refugee Resettlement (ORR) to provide the highest quality in services to ORR-funded agencies, and to refugees in particular to attain economic self-sufficiency, and to become fully integrated into American communities. Website links under each of the TA providers listed below provides information and resources from professionals and consultants in the following areas:


Child Welfare

US Conference of Catholic Bishops, Bridging Refugee Youth and Children's Services (BRYCS)



Cultural Orientation Resource Center (COR)

Center for Applied Linguistics (CAL)




Economic Development (Microenterprise)






English Language Training

Spring Institute for Intercultural Learning



Capacity Building

Ethnic Community Self-Help Organizations



International Rescue Committee (IRC)

Ethnic Community Self-Help Organizations



LGBT (Lesbian/Gay/Bisexual/Transgender) Refugee Resource Center

Heartland Alliance for Human Needs & Human Rights



The Southeast Asia Resource Action Center (SEARAC)

Heartland Alliance for Human Needs & Human Rights







National Partnership for Community Training for Immigrant Service Providers




ORR Special Initiatives (Wilson/Fish, Preferred Communities, Integration Initiative)

ISED Solutions, Inc.



Refugee and Immigrant Health Program

Massachusetts Department of Public Health




National Capacity Building Project for Specialized Torture Treatment Centers



Links to U.S. Government Agencies


Administration for Children and Families (ACF) []

Agency for International Development []

Department of Health and Human Services []

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention []

Citizenship and Immigration Services []

Department of Agriculture []

Department of Justice []

Department of Homeland Security []

Department of State []

Office of Refugee Resettlement []


Useful Factsheets about Refugees and Immigrants

(Reproduced with permission from the U.S. Committee for Refugees.)