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King County Immigrant and Refugee Commission

On Feb 27th, 2018 King County Executive Dow Constantine and members of the County Council signed legislation creating an Immigrant and Refugee Commission, a permanent body committed to integrating, strengthening and valuing immigrant and refugee communities and upholding the county’s commitment as a welcoming community.

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Vision:

Our vision is for King county to be a place where everyone has equitable access to opportunities. To achieve this vision, the King County Immigrant and Refugee Commission (KCIRC) plays a significant role in engaging immigrant and refugee communities to establish long-lasting trust-based relationships with County offices and programs.  KCIRC shall strive to leverage existing programs and funding, and advocate for increased dedicated resources necessary for immigrant refugee communities to thrive.

 

Mission:

KCIRC will focus on understanding and addressing challenges facing immigrants and refugees within the diverse communities that make up King County. The Commission will work as a hub and central connecting place for building direct relationships with and supporting the vision for social justice for immigrant and refugee communities in King County. The Commission will enhance the integration of refugees and immigrants culturally, economically, and civically, in order to strengthen the communities where they live and will support refugees and immigrants to thrive and succeed while maintaining their own identities.

The Immigrant and Refugee Commission is Recruiting!

We are seeking applications from King County residents to fill six seats on the King County Immigrant and Refugee Commission.  Commissioners from across King County work together to identify, elevate and develop shared strategies and solutions; streamline and strengthen efforts; and bring more resources to the most pressing issues affecting immigrant and refugee communities.  It’s important that applicants:

  • Are immersed in one or more immigrant/refugee communities and represent immigrant-led and/or faith-based organizations, when possible
  • Have had personal experiences as immigrants, refugees or asylees
  • Reflect the racial, ethnic, professional, socioeconomic, gender, sexual orientation, age and geographic diversity of King County communities
  • Are well-versed on the issues affecting immigrant and refugee communities locally as well as nationally

While we’re conducting broad outreach, we want to ensure equal representation across membership and are hoping to recruit community members who either live or work in the 1st, 2nd, 7th, and 8th King County Council districts. We’re also hoping to fill up to 2 organizational representative seats. Members who serve on the commission as an organizational representative must be nominated by a nonprofit organization that serves one or more immigrant and refugee communities in King County.

How to Apply

Interested community members can access application materials on our website and submit online or by email. Candidates seeking appointment must include the following documents with their completed application:

  • Resume
  • Headshot (.jpeg. jpg. png. files only)
  • Biography (150-250 words)
  • 2022 Financial Disclosure Form
  • 10 Endorsements Signatures from members of immigrant and refugee community
  • 2 Letters of Recommendations (LORs):
    • 1 letter from a member of the immigrant and refugee community
    • 1 letter from a nonprofit organization that serves one or more immigrant and refugee communities

NOTE: Endorsement Signatures and LORs may be submitted at a later time. Applicants who are selected must submit online or by email at kcirc@kingcounty.gov within 2 weeks of notification of appointment.

Applications will be accepted until all positions are filled.

Additional information and all required materials below:

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For more information, please contact:

Cheryse Ishii
Office of Equity and Social Justice
King County Executive Office
401 5th Ave, Seattle, WA 98104
cishii@kingcounty.gov
206.477.6608

Senayet Negusse
Office of Equity and Social Justice
King County Executive Office
401 5th Ave, Seattle, WA 98104
snegusse@kingcounty.gov
206.580.8013

Leslie Monteiro
King County Council Staff
516 3rd Ave, Seattle, WA 98104
Leslie.monteiro@kingcounty.gov
206.848.0355