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Refugee Employment Services

JVS’s Refugee Services has provided direct employment services to local refugee populations for over 40 years. These services are offered to local refugees, political asylees, Cuban and Haitian entrants, and certified victims of human trafficking. Individuals with these statuses may qualify for the following job search and placement services.

  • Job placement
  • Cultural orientation
  • Vocational English language classes
  • Interview preparation
  • Job search assistance
  • Post-employment support

To learn more about these services, or to see if you qualify please contact Jessica Cirone by phone at (617) 399-3271 or by email at JCirone@jvs-boston.org.

Facts and Figures

  • All services are free of charge to employers and job seekers.
  • All job seekers are legally permitted to work in the U.S.
  • Over 80% of our job seekers are hired per year.
  • Our 90% job retention rate is higher than similar job placement agencies in Boston.
  • JVS works with 1,400 employers in business, hospitality, retail, agriculture, education, health care, sales, accounting and manufacturing.


“CVS/Caremark’s partnership with JVS’s Refugee Services Department has been extremely beneficial to our stores in the Boston area. CVS has hired a number of clients who prove time and time again to be exceptionally well-prepared candidates. We are delighted to have such a strong partnership with Refugee Services and look forward to strengthening it further in years to come.” – Rick Laferriere, Regional Learning Center Manager, CVS

“JVS is an inspiring organization, and I’m proud that my Boston interns have joined with them to help refugees learn English. This volunteer work can make an enormous difference in helping someone new to this country find a job or get an education. Many of the refugees who work with JVS have been through unimaginable trials, and I’m grateful that my office has had the chance to help these ambitious, hardworking people navigate their next steps in our country.” – U.S. Senator John Kerry

“It is rewarding to partner with JVS to teach and contribute to the community through this class…the JVS program participants enrich our kitchen with different cultures and backgrounds.” – Joe Chaves, Executive Chef, Marriott International

“Thank you so much for continuously bringing us great candidates to the Fairmont Battery Wharf. I have enjoyed working with you and look forward to continuing our professional relationship.” – Shira Porath, Fairmont Battery Wharf Hotel