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2020 Washington Refugee Summit
Strong Families, Stronger Communities


March 26 – 27, 2020


Highline College,
Des Moines, WA 98198-9800

Join Us

The Washington Office of Refugee and Immigrant Assistance invites you to join us for a two-day event that:

  • Honors and celebrates the contributions of Washingtonians who arrived in our communities as refugees as well as the organizations that serve them and
  • Shares successful practices and inspiring stories focused on improving services to strengthen refugee families and communities.

Who should attend?

The 2020 Washington Refugee Summit is designed for a broad audience to learn, share, network and recharge. All are welcome, including:

• people who are refugees and immigrants;

• staff and leaders from refugee and immigrant-serving organizations;

• federal, state and local government officials; and

• others working with Washingtonians who arrived as refugees.

Format and Agenda

The two-day event incorporates keynote speakers, break-out sessions and expert panels. Sessions throughout the event fall into five core themes:

• Intergenerational or Whole Family Services

• Promoting Refugee Culture and Contributions

• Health and Wellness

• Strong Organizations and Partnerships

• Civic Engagement


Registration opens on Feb. 18 and closes on March 13. $25 per person. Please register in advance at this website:

What We Do

About ORIA

The Office of Refugee and Immigrant Assistance (ORIA) is located within the State of Washington, Department of Social and Health Services (DSHS), Economic Services Administration (ESA), Community Services Division (CSD). Our goal is for refugee and immigrant families and individuals to succeed and thrive in Washington State.

Can We Help You?

Washington Welcomes Refugees

Washington is home to a very large, diverse and dynamic refugee and immigrant community and has historically ranked as one of the top ten resettlement states in the U.S.

We have strong community partnerships and provide culturally appropriate services through contracts with community-based organizations, voluntary refugee resettlement agencies, local community colleges, and government agencies.

Access Our Services

Complete an application online. Find out if you are eligible and apply for services on-line using our Washington Connection portal.

Visit your local DSHS Community Services Office (CSO). If you are receiving public benefits, ask your DSHS Caseworker about ORIA services.

The Department of Social and Health Services has many other programs and services to help you. To learn more about DSHS services and how to apply for public benefits click here.

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