Multicultural Center

A central location for immigration-related services

NVFS’ Multicultural Center (MC) addresses the myriad needs for those entering the United States, providing a centralized location from which clients can quickly become integrated into their new community.

Whether providing legal services through the “green card” or visa application process, connecting low-income refugees and immigrants to mental health resources, or providing victims of human trafficking with the support they need, the MC provides long-term case-management that responds to a variety of needs.

Our Programs
Immigration Legal Services
Program for Survivors of Torture and Trauma (PSTT) – serves greater DC area
Community Access and Integration Services
Domestic Violence – individual and group services
Money Management for Seniors
Information and Referral
Trafficking Survivor Services
Mental Health

For program eligibility, forms and fees, please call our Intake Referral for program eligibility.

Providers, please use our Referral Form.

Our Team

Language barriers and cultural differences tend to be the biggest roadblocks for newcomers. That’s why MC staff comprises those from similar regions to its clients or at least speakers of the clients’ languages. Public mental health systems routinely refer their clients back to the MC, mostly because of the vast language capacity NVFS provides.

Call 571.748.2800 to find someone who speaks your language. More than 12 languages are spoken by NVFS counselors, social workers, case managers, psychiatrists and therapists, and volunteers interpret many others not spoken by staff. Languages available include:

  • English
  • Farsi
  • Spanish
  • Arabic
  • Hebrew
  • Japanese
  • French
  • Portuguese
  • Amharic

Ethnic and cultural diversity continues to increase dramatically in the United States, including Northern Virginia, because of the unprecedented influx of refugees and immigrants since the 1960s. More than half of the families and individuals come from developing and war-torn nations in Latin America, Asia, Africa, the Caribbean and the Middle East.

Despite higher rates of exposure to trauma (because of, for example, experiences of war, death of or prolonged separation from family members, torture, long stays in refugee camps, etc.), these families are far less likely to access mental health and other basic services. Cultural, linguistic and socio-economic barriers are potent deterrents to accessing a mental health care system staffed by providers who do not themselves mirror this diversity. Moreover, lack of cultural competence among providers to serve a population more diverse and culturally complex than ever before in U.S. history threatens to increase an already troublesome disparity in access to care.

Bridging those barriers is essential to accessing critical resources and services. Our culturally diverse, highly trained, and dedicated mental health professionals are uniquely qualified to work with immigrants and refugees from all over the world. Many NVFS staff are themselves immigrants, refugees and/or members of cultural minorities.