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State Letter #09-06

Published: February 23, 2009

TO: STATE REFUGEE COORDINATORS
WILSON-FISH AGENCIES

FROM: David H. Siegel
Acting Director
Office of Refugee Resettlement (ORR)

SUBJECT: Project to Assess Resettlement Sites

The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, Administration for Children and Families, Office of Refugee Resettlement (ORR) is planning to launch a project aimed at assessing the impact of new arrivals and secondary migration on State-administered and Wilson-Fish programs. ORR expects to select up to six locations to assess program strengths, innovative program practices, and service delivery within the overall refugee resettlement context as well as broader state level conditions.

Our approach will involve examining program resources, coordination, strengths as well as constraints and various other issues, including but not limited to, the impact of current economic conditions on State-administered and Wilson-Fish refugee program efforts to address recent refugee arrivals and secondary migration. We will work collaboratively with States and Wilson-Fish programs to enhance ways to manage infrastructure and improve services to refugees. In determining localities to be involved in the project, we will review data on new arrivals, secondary migration, State Department R&P data, as well as key economic indicators. ORR expects the assessment project to begin this Spring.

State Refugee Coordinators interested in participating in the project should prepare a brief description, no longer than 2 pages, of programs and efforts to address the resettlement of new arrivals and secondary migration as well as the impact of State’s economic conditions on these efforts and forward the information to Mr. James Perlmutter, at James.Perlmutter@acf.hhs.gov or by fax at 202-401-0891 by March 18, 2009. ORR will take into consideration, among other factors, comments received by interested participants in its decision making process on which sites to include in the Impact Assessment Project.