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State Letter 11-05

Attendance at the 2011 Office of Refugee Resettlement Consultation

Published: March 2, 2011

TO: STATE REFUGEE COORDINATORS
       WILSON-FISH AGENCIES
       VOLUNTARY AGENCIES 
       ORR GRANTEES
       INTERESTED PARTIES

FROM: Eskinder Negash
             Director
             Office of Refugee Resettlement

SUBJECT: Attendance at the 2011 Office of Refugee Resettlement Consultation

The Office of Refugee Resettlement (ORR) will host the 2011 National Consultation this year on August 1-2,2011, at the Omni Shoreham in Washington, D.C.  The annual Consultation provides a forum in which the nation-wide network of refugee program stakeholders gathers, to engage in discussion and share ideas on issues of key concern to partners at every level of the program.  ORR strongly encourages all partners-State Refugee Coordinators and Refugee Health Coordinators, voluntary agencies and mutual assistance associations, and refugees themselves-to attend and actively participate in these discussions.

Immediately following the consultation, ORR will host a working session for State Refugee Coordinators,  Refugee  Health  Coordinators  and  individuals  working  in  the  Unaccompanied Refugee  Minors  (URM)  programs  and  Microenterprise  or  Individual  Development  Account (IDA) programs. These  meetings will be held on Wednesday,  August  3, 2011 and Thursday, August 4, 2011, also at the Omni Shoreham in Washington, D. C. Please plan to participate in these sessions if your work is related to these program areas.

We thank  you for  the critical  role  you  play  in the Refugee  Resettlement  Program,  and  look forward to your participation in expanding the national dialogue on the refugee program.

Sincerely,

Eskinder Negash
Director
Office of Refugee Resettlement

 

Updated 04/25/11

 

TO: STATE REFUGEE COORDINATORS
       WILSON-FISH AGENCIES
       VOLUNTARY AGENCIES
       ORR GRANTEES
       INTERESTED PARTIES

FROM: Eskinder Negash
             Director
             Office of Refugee Resettlement

SUBJECT: Attendance at the 2011 Office of Refugee Resettlement Consultation

The Office of Refugee Resettlement (ORR) will host a National Consultation on August 1-2, 2011, at the Omni Shoreham in Washington, D.C. It is a timely reminder that sixty years after the creation of the 1951 Convention Relating to the Status of Refugees, millions of refugees still languish in squalid and overcrowded refugee camps and urban ghettoes across the world.  Far from finding asylum, they remain in situations of displacement-hoping for a future that is not only free from persecution but ripe with possibility-just as they did six decades ago.

The purpose of this letter is to strongly encourage all of ORR's stakeholder and partners, including State Refugee Coordinators and Refugee Health Coordinators, voluntary agencies, mutual assistance associations, and refugees, to attend and to participate in the Consultation.

We cannot overemphasize the strategic importance of your participation in the Consultation. The Refugee Act of 1980 requires the Director of ORR to consult with representatives from States, voluntary agencies and other key partners to develop policies and strategies for the placement and resettlement of refugees and other vulnerable groups within the United States. The Consultation provides our partners in resettlement the opportunity to raise their concerns, share best practice, ask questions, and provide comments and suggestions to ORR as part of the consultative process.  As ORR Director, one of my goals has been to bring the voice of the refugees to the table.  The discussion is not complete, however, unless all stakeholders are equally represented, starting with the State Refugee Coordinators and Refugee Health Coordinators who represent and support resettlement in their respective States.

Furthermore, this year's consultation will feature several, small-group dialogue sessions to facilitate consultation between ORR and its partners. We expect that these dialogue sessions will lead to broad and long-term implications for the funding, operation and management of the refugee program, for which our partners' active participation is essential. At a time when budget implications are impacting everyone's planning and projections, your participation in these discussions are more important than ever.

Just as the populations we serve change over time, so must the strategies we use to meet their needs  and  ensure  their  successful  resettlement.  It is  fitting  that  the  theme  for  this  year's consultation  is "Bridges to a New Future"-a true reflection of the role that we all play in the resettlement of refugees to the United States.

For the second year in a row, ORR plans a special focus on consulting directly with refugees. During the consultation, we will convene a listening session and invite refugees to assess the effectiveness of existing resettlement services, share their vision for an improved resettlement system, and suggest innovative programming to achieve that vision. I strongly encourage states and  other  service  providers  to  consider  this  emphasis  in  determining  the  make-up  of  their delegations.  After all, there is no better way to mark the 60th anniversary of the 1951 Convention than to ask those we serve for their reflections.

Immediately following the consultation, ORR will host a working session for State Refugee Coordinators,  Refugee  Health  Coordinators  and  individuals  working  in  the  Unaccompanied Refugee  Minors  (URM)  programs  and Microenterprise  and Individual  Development  Account (IDA) programs.   These meetings will be held on Wednesday, August 3, 2011 and Thursday, August 4, 2011, also at the Omni Shoreham in Washington, D. C.  Please plan to participate in these sessions if your work is related to these program areas.

We thank  you for the critical  role  you play in the Refugee  Resettlement  Program,  and  look forward  to  your  participation  in  expanding  the  national  and  local  dialogue  on  the  refugee program.

Sincerely,

Eskinder Negash
Director
Office of Refugee Resettlement

Last Reviewed: May 21, 2019