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Office of Immigrant & Refugee Affairs

Information about the City of Albuquerque's Office of Immigrant and Refugee Affairs.

Know Your Rights Public Charges Asylum Seekers   OIRA Liaison position

Know Your Rights / Conozca Sus Derechos

Independientemente de su estatus migratorio, usted tiene derechos garantizados por la Constitución. Aprende más aquí sobre sus derechos como inmigrante y cómo expresarlos.

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Public Charge

The federal government implemented changes to its “public charge” rules on February 24, 2020.

Lo que necesita saber sobre los cambios de "carga pública."

How to connect to the City's WiFi hotspots

cómo conectarse al wifi de la ciudad

Video: Making ABQ Home

 

Office of Equity and Inclusion looking to hire an Office of Immigrant & Refugee Affairs Liaison.

The mission of the Office of Immigrant and Refugee Affairs (OIRA) is to improve the lives of all immigrants and resettled refugees who are living in Albuquerque. The role of the OIRA liaison is to advocate on behalf of immigrants and refugees and promote a citywide culture that understands and values the benefits that all members of our society receive when immigrants and refugee communities are successfully integrated into our civic, economic and cultural life.

The Office of Equity and Inclusion is now accepting applications. Please review the job description here and forward to any qualified candidates. Candidates should email their resume and letter of interest to [email protected] by May 15.

The mission of the Office of Immigrant and Refugee Affairs is to improve the lives of all immigrants and resettled refugees who are living in Albuquerque. The Office was established in 2016, with support from the W.K. Kellogg Foundation, to coordinate efforts to better serve immigrant and refugee residents.

Our Office released a statement in February 2020 regarding recent surges in ICE arrests in Albuquerque. Read the full statement in English and in Spanish.

The Office of Immigrant and Refugee Affairs convened a steering committee made up of staff from a wide range of immigrant- and refugee-serving community-based organizations.

The Office of Immigrant and Refugee Affairs commissioned a comprehensive evaluation of needs, resources and readiness of City government departments and programs to be inclusive of immigrants, refugees, and English-language learners in Albuquerque.

The evaluation, completed in July 2017, found a need for improvements in language access to City services and for outreach and navigation services to maximize the participation of immigrants and refugees in all areas of civic life. The evaluation also concluded that policies to promote immigrant and refugee safety and integration are essential. This evaluation is used as a guide by the Office of Immigrant and Refugee Affairs.

Download: Office of Immigrant & Refugee Affairs - Survey Analysis Report

Immigrant Friendly Resolution

Policies that promote immigrant and refugee safety and integration are essential.

The City Council reaffirmed and declared Albuquerque as a safe place for immigrants from all countries, as well as for war refugees, people of color, Muslims, Jews, LGBTQ people, and people with disabilities and assured vulnerable communities that the City supports them, will do all it can to maintain and improve their quality of life, and stated that it will not tolerate acts of hate, discrimination, bullying, or harassment, in a resolution passed on April 16, 2018.

The Office of Immigrant and Refugee Affairs is responsible for ensuring compliance with City Resolution 18-7, the Immigrant Friendly City Resolution.

Download: Resolution 7-18 - Albuquerque as an Immigrant Friendly City

Immigrant Friendly City Resolution Fact Sheet

Hoja informativa sobre la resolución de la ciudad amistosa con los inmigrantes

Resources

Public Charge: Does this apply to me?

Important Information About Public Benefits from the NM Center for Law and Poverty

CARGA PÚBLICA: ¿APLICA EN MI CASO?

INFORMACIÓN IMPORTANTE SOBRE ASISTENCIA PÚBLICA desde el NM Center for Law and Poverty

SHOULD I KEEP MY KIDS ENROLLED IN HEALTH AND NUTRITION PROGRAMS?

¿DEBO MANTENER LA INSCRIPCIÓN DE MIS HIJOS EN LOS PROGRAMAS DE SALUD Y ALIMENTACIÓN?

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Protecting Immigrant Families

NM Center on Law and Poverty

Aid for Asylum Seekers

Albuquerque is not receiving asylum seekers at this time.

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Community Engagement Process

The Office conducted an extensive community engagement process in 2017, with the help of fellows from within immigrant and refugee communities, to learn more about what communities need, through a creative, community building process.

Download: Office of Immigrant & Refugee Affairs - Creative Community Engagement Process Final Report

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