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Celebrating Legislative Wins in 2024: Washington State Stands Up for Immigrants

At OIRA, we actively promote our mission by advocating for and advancing policies and legislative actions aimed at enhancing the well-being of immigrant and refugee communities in Seattle. Annually, our office conducts analysis, provides feedback, and endorses various proposed policies that align with the city’s legislative agenda. As a Welcoming… [ Keep reading ]

Providing Legal Services to Newly Arriving Asylum Seekers and Migrants 

The Seattle area is not alone in receiving an influx of migrants and asylum seekers over the last few months. Unfortunately, there’s no easy solutions or national model for sheltering and caring for asylum seekers. The expertise required to tackle the issues at hand, including the emergency management, sheltering, transitional… [ Keep reading ]

OIRA Announces Request for Proposals (RFP) for Victim Compensation Fund

The City of Seattle Office of Immigrant and Refugee Affairs (OIRA) is releasing 2 RFPs to help address incidents of violence in our communities. Victim Compensation Fund Funding decisions will be announced on or before Thursday, May 16th Applications due by May 6, 2024, at 5:00 PM (PT) The… [ Keep reading ]

OIRA Announces Request for Proposals for Immigrant Safety & Access Network 

Funding decisions will be announced on or before Thursday, May 16th Applications due by May 6, 2024, at 5:00 PM (PT)  The City of Seattle Office of Immigrant and Refugee Affairs (OIRA) seeks applications from nonprofit organizations to provide direct financial assistance to immigrants and refugees who live, work or… [ Keep reading ]

OIRA Announces the Seattle Immigrant Legal Defense Network Awardees

Seattle is committed to protecting the rights of immigrants and refugees, who are an integral part of our families and communities. As a part of a proud welcoming city, earlier this summer, the City of Seattle Office of Immigrant and Refugee Affairs (OIRA) released a request for proposals (RFP) to… [ Keep reading ]

Seattle Youth Transportation Summit

The Seattle Department of Transportation is hosting its first-ever Youth Transportation Summit on Saturday, December 9, 2023. Young people aged 14 to 24 years old are invited to participate in this free event to share their personal experiences with transportation, highlight what they’d like to see changed in the future,… [ Keep reading ]

Explore City Budgeting: Understanding the Financial Process

Message from Director Mohamed Since the Office of Immigrant and Refugee Affairs (OIRA) was created in 2012, we’ve aimed to strengthen Seattle’s immigrant and refugee communities by engaging them in decisions about Seattle’s future and by improving the City’s programs and services to meet the needs of all constituents. I… [ Keep reading ]

Learn More About The Welcome Corps!

The Welcome Corps is a new program from the federal U.S. State Department that allows Americans the opportunity to formally welcome and help integrate specific refugee groups newly arriving to the United States. The Welcome Corps is administered by a consortium of community-based organizations led by the Community Sponsorship Hub… [ Keep reading ]

“Spring” Updates from the Office of Immigrant and Refugee Affairs (OIRA)

Introducing Director Hamdi Mohamed! Greetings! I am so proud to be serving as the director of the Office of Immigrant and Refugee Affairs (OIRA). The opportunity to serve as Director (technically “Acting Director” until I am officially confirmed by Council) and build upon OIRA’s legacy is a tremendous honor and… [ Keep reading ]

Mayor Harrell Issues Executive Order to Support People of Ukraine

Мер Харрелл видав виконавчий наказ про підтримку народу України Мэр Харрелл подписал указ о поддержке украинского народа This week, Seattle Mayor Bruce Harrell announced an Executive Order (order only available in English) to support the Ukrainian community in Seattle and in Ukraine. The order will direct City departments to… [ Keep reading ]