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Office of Immigrant and Refugee Affairs director confirmed
I am pleased to welcome a new member to our City team – Magdaleno “Leno” Rose-Avila was confirmed by the City Council yesterday as Director of the Office of Immigrant and Refugee Affairs (OIRA).
Seattle is home to immigrants and refugees from every corner of the globe, and we know that language and cultural barriers can get in the way of equal access to government services and programs. These barriers, combined with the complex nature of issues affecting immigrant and refugee communities, led to the creation of OIRA. OIRA will work with agencies providing services such as job training, citizenship, education and small business support to ensure that the way we’re providing services is working for all our diverse communities. OIRA will play a critical role in coordinating a range of programs, which will strengthen the relationship between government and immigrant and refugee communities.
I appointed Magdaleno “Leno” Rose-Avila as director of this office because of his long history work on the issues that affect immigrants and refugees. Leno has served as director of the local Peace Corps in four different countries, director of the Northwest Immigrant Rights Project, and spent several years as an organizer for the United Farm Workers Union. He has spent his entire adult life working on behalf of pursuit of civil and human rights for all.
With Leno’s leadership, the active participation of our Immigrant and Refugee Commission and strong collaboration with the community, I know we can make a difference for Seattle’s immigrant and refugee communities. In doing so, we will build a stronger Seattle for all.
Posted by: Mayor Mike McGinn