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Commemorating ORR 40 year Anniversary

Commemorating the 40-Year Anniversary of the Refugee Act and the Establishment of ORR

Forty years ago, the Refugee Act was signed into law, formally establishing the federal refugee resettlement program and creating the Office of Refugee Resettlement (ORR) at HHS’ Administration for Children and Families (ACF). While the program has seen many changes over the years, including various fluctuations in arrivals and an expansion of populations under ORR’s authority, ORR has remained flexible and committed to responding to many diverse humanitarian needs and situations.

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