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:

     Date:           Thursday, June 22

     Time:           1 p.m.

     Location:     Vancouver, WA

Upcoming meetings:

  • 10 a.m. Friday, Sept. 22 in King County
  • 10 a.m. Friday, Dec. 8 (TBD)

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)