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September 4, 2:59 PM click here to comment > 2

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


Comment from Rodolfo.hurtado
Time September 14, 2012 at 10:21 am

Congratulations Leno! I am happy to see you are continuing to be active in the community. Best regards, Rodolfo Hurtado

Comment from Zeg Fanta
Time September 14, 2012 at 12:16 pm

Congratulations Mr. Rose-Avila and Mayor McGinn!

Dear Mayor McGinn, you are doing good to the our city. Your proposal expanding the rail system and the transportation network is the right thing to do at the right time. It is the timing that matters in wise planning to serve the present as well as the future residents of the region. There is no other simple ways to solve the present and future transportation problem. I was one of the people in the immigrant community strongly supporting the regional transit system that we see now serving the Puget Sound and directly and indirectly the people in the Northwest and the nation. Your proposal make the system more effective and useful. I thank you for the wise and bold proposal. It is also important to enhance the Immigrant Community, the engine of the city by day and night! The immigrants must be given appropriate visibility and credences for the unquantifiable services to society where ever they are in small and big number! Immigrants built the nation and they are doing more than that today. They make the city, state and the naton more colorful and shinning and prosperous because of the elemnets they bring to enhance the dynamics of American life and value. Thank you and best of luck!