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Immigrant and Refugee Resources: Government Agencies (city/county/state/federal)

Guidance Concerning Immigration Enforcement by Local Government Agencies

Guidance Concerning Immigration Enforcement (April 2017) is a report released by Washington State Attorney General Bob Ferguson.  The report is designed to offer "guidance seeks to answer questions local agencies— including libraries, law enforcement agencies, hospitals, and schools —may have about the impacts of changes to immigration laws and their discretion regarding participation in federal immigration enforcement. Best practices that agencies can implement are included in each section.  Additional resources are identified throughout and included in the appendices.)

Seattle Office of Immigrant and Refugee Affairs

The Seattle Office of Immigrant and Refugee Affairs have these translated Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs) directed towards Seattle residents, which include downloadable and printable flyers: 

Washington State

 Office of Refugee and Immigrant Assistance (ORIA) is located within the State of Washington, Department of Social and Health Services (DSHS), Economic Services Administration (ESA), Community Services Division (CSD).

Who is Served: ORIA provides services to all Individuals who are allowed to immigrate to the U.S. as refugees, certain Amerasians, Cuban/Haitian entrants, victims of severe forms of trafficking, persons granted asylum, and Iraqi/Afghani Special Immigrants are eligible for services.  Immigrants receiving public assistance are also eligible for ORIA’s services.

  • Cash, Food, and Medical Assistance
  • Employment and Training Programs (LEP Pathway Employment Services, Skills Training, ORIA BFET, RESN)
  • English Language Programs
  • Health Screenings, Mental Health Services and Preventative Health
  • Naturalization Assistance
  • Refugee Social Services
  • Support services for children, youth, and elders

Other Program Characteristics: The program emphasizes:

  • Services are to be provided in a manner that is linguistically and culturally compatible with the refugee’s background.
  • English language instruction is to be provided in a concurrent, rather than in a sequential manner with other program services.
  • Equal opportunities are offered for training and instruction to refugee women as men.


Federal Government

Refugee Admissions (U.S. Dept. of State)
"A refugee is someone who has fled from his or her home country and cannot return because he or she has a well-founded fear of persecution based on religion, race, nationality, political opinion or membership in a particular social group. Since 1975, Americans have welcomed over 3 million refugees from all over the world. Refugees have built new lives, homes and communities in towns and cities in all 50 states.

Office of Refugee Resettlement  (U.S. Dept. of Health and Human Services)
"The Office of Refugee Resettlement (ORR) provides critical resources to people in need to assist them in becoming integrated members of American society.