Refugee Advisory Council



DSHS Statewide Refugee Advisory Council welcomes the Tacoma Refugee Choir at the Public Forum on August 9, 2019 in Tacoma. 

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

The RAC’s voting members include representatives from each DSHS region of the state. Click here for the list of current Refugee Advisory Council members.

Council meetings are convened quarterly and are open to the public.

The yearly schedule for the Refugee Advisory Council Public Forums is as follows:

February 19, 2021, Virtual Public Forum

May 21, 2021, Virtual Public Forum

August 20, 2021, Location: TBD

November 19, 2021, Location: TBD


Additional Advisory Groups

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

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