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King County Immigrant and Refugee Commission

King County Immigrant and Refugee Commission

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.



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.



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 looking to fill five vacant seats on the King County Immigrant and Refugee Commissions. Commissioners serve on a volunteer basis and work together to identify, elevate, and develop shared strategies and solutions to address the most pressing issues affecting immigrant and refugee communities.


  • Commissioners must reside in King County and be immersed in one or more immigrant and refugee communities
  • Commissioners shall reflect the diversity of ethnicities, professional backgrounds, socioeconomic status, and geographic areas that make up the fabric of our communities;
  • Commissioners should be well-versed on the issues affecting immigrant and refugee communities locally as well as nationally;
  • King County residents representing immigrant-led and/or faith-based organizations are encouraged to apply;
  • King County residents who have had personal experiences as refugees or asylees are encouraged to apply;
  • Socioeconomic status, gender diversity, age, sexual orientation, and ethnic and racial diversity will be considered in the composition of the Commission;

While we are conducting broad outreach, we want to ensure equal representation across membership and will give priority to applicants residing in King County Council Districts 1 and 5. We’re also hoping to fill up to 2 organizational representative seats. Organizational representatives 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 below and apply online OR by email. Applicants may include the following documents in support of their application but are not required:

  • Resume
  • Letter of Interest
  • Professional Certificates or Licenses

NOTE: Selected applicants must submit ten (10) endorsement signatures and two (2) letters of recommendation online or via email at within 4 weeks of being notified.

Applications will be accepted until all positions are filled.

Application materials:


 KCIRC Application Flyer



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