Office of Refugee and Immigrant Assistance

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Washington welcomes people from more than 30 different countries every year. To help people get information in their language, the Washington Office of Refugee & Immigrant Assistance has created a COVID-19 Translated Resource DocumentThis document provides all the resources available in different languages.

Below are also Stop the Germs posters translated in a variety of languages.

About COVID-19

The Washington Office of Refugee & Immigrant Assistance recognizes that your organization’s programs and operations may be affected by the rapidly changing situation around COVID-19.  At ORIA, our priority is the health and safety of your organization’s staff, clients and community members. Several questions have come to our attention in relation to COVID-19 and ORIA programs and services. We hope to clarify any questions or concerns.


Services - Should our organization still hold group workshops/meetings? What if we do not meet our program deliverables for payment because our office closes or clients are not attending programs?

We recognize that the stigma and fear of COVID-19 may decrease client engagement and attendance.  This may be especially true for high risk communities, such as older adults.  As trusted messengers in the communities we serve, it is important for you to stay updated and informed on COVID-19 to avoid miscommunication or inaccurate information. In the case that your organization has any concerns about meeting your contractual deliverables due to disruptions in services caused by COVID-19, please promptly contact your ORIA Program Manager directly to discuss a plan of action.


NEW! 2020 Washington Refugee Summit is postponed.  

Based on guidance from DSHS, the Department of Health and the Governor’s Office regarding protocol on hosting large public forums, ORIA is postponing the 2020 Washington Refugee Summit.  It will be rescheduled for end of the summer, late August or early September.  Information will follow as soon as available.  All registrations will apply for the rescheduled event.  For questions concerning registration, please send an email to


COVID-19 Resources – What accurate information is out there about COVID-19? Are there any translated materials?

It is critical to stick to the facts. Misinformation about COVID-19 (novel coronavirus) can create fear and hostility that hurts people and makes it harder to keep everyone healthy. Our partners at the Department of Health - Refugee Health Program have provided updates and resources that we are sharing in this email. Updated statewide information and resources are available at: DOH has COVID-19 Fact Sheet translated in multiple languages here: If additional languages are needed, please inform your Program Manager so a request can be made to DOH

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.

Self-sufficiency through support, education and training.