The Association for Refugee Service Professionals came out of the vision of Carol Roxburgh, Executive Director of Refugee Services of Texas Inc. Professionals who have worked in this field for a number of years have noticed increased stress among colleagues and burnout of key people with years of experience, resulting in turnover and loss. This affects the overall effectiveness of agencies, as well as the clients we serve. After further discussion with many peers and receiving positive feedback, a group was formed to start the process to have a professional association open to all who work in immigration and refugee related fields. This association will provide professional growth, and emotional support for the well being of its members.