ORR and DOJ Collaborate to Protect Workers' Rights
The Office of Refugee Resettlement (ORR) has been working with the U.S. Department of Justice's Office of Special Counsel for Immigration-Related Unfair Employment Practices to revise and update a 2001-issued ORR State Letter on Employment Eligibility for refugees and other populations. The new State Letter # 14-02, Employment Eligibility Requirements for Asylees, Refugees, and other Populations Served by ORR, supercedes #01-30, and also marks the start of increased collaboration between ORR and DOJ.
DOJ's Office of Special Counsel for Immigration-Related Unfair Employment Practices has also created a series of flyers, posters, and other materials on federal protections against immigration-related discrimination in the workplace. These helpful resources, tailored to refugees and asylees and employers who hire them are available in a variety of languages, including Amharic, Arabic, Burmese, Farsi, French, Kayah, Nepali, Russian, Sgaw Karen, Simplified Chinese, Somali, Spanish, and Tigrinya. Together, ORR and DOJ/OCS are working to expand awareness of refugees' rights, and ensure that employment-eligible workers enjoy and benefit from their full right to work. Visit the Office of Special Council's Worker Information website for these and other helpful materials, targeted to refugees and asylees, and to service providers and employers.