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Refugee Advisory Council

The Refugee Advisory Council (RAC) helps ensure the coordination of services for refugees and immigrants and raises awareness of issues that affect refugee and immigrant communities throughout Washington State.

The purpose of the RAC is to:

  • Convey local or regional concerns to DSHS and other state agencies.
  • Prioritize refugee-related issues and concerns.
  • Provide statewide planning, guidance, and recommendations on policies, programs, funding, and service delivery for refugees and immigrants.
  • Provide information and interpretation of state policies, programs, and funding to refugee and immigrant communities.

Council meetings are convened quarterly and are open to the public. The RAC’s voting members include representatives from each DSHS region of the state.

The next Refugee Advisory Council meeting will be on:





December 5, 2014 


11:00 am -1:00 pm


3210 NE 52nd Street

Vancouver, WA 98663

Click here for the list of Refugee Advisory Council members.

The following local Washington groups also provide feedback and guidance to DSHS for refugees and immigrants program planning:

  • Tri-County Refugee Planning Committee (King, Pierce, and Snohomish County)
  • Refugee Forum (Renton)
  • Refugee Service Providers Committee (Spokane)
  • Refugee Community Forum (Vancouver)
  • Service Provider Meeting (Richland)