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Category Archives: Office of Refugees and Immigrants

Secretary Polanowicz Congratulates New Americans Posted on Dec 4

Secretary Polanowicz Congratulates New Americans

Remarks from Health and Human Services Secretary John Polanowicz at the December 4, 2014 Naturalization Ceremony at Faneuil Hall. Good afternoon and congratulations on this final step in your incredible journey! I am John Polanowicz, Secretary of Massachusetts’ Health and Human Services, and it is truly   …Continue Reading Secretary Polanowicz Congratulates New Americans

ORI PRIDE: Supporting Equal Access for LGBTQ Refugees Posted on Jun 18

ORI PRIDE: Supporting Equal Access for LGBTQ Refugees

Within refugee communities and during the general resettlement process, LGBTQ refugees face significant challenges. They may have suffered trauma and stigmatization in their home or secondary countries based on their sexual orientation or gender identity, and may still suffer or fear that they will suffer   …Continue Reading ORI PRIDE: Supporting Equal Access for LGBTQ Refugees

Massachusetts Celebrates Africa Week 2014 Posted on Jun 11

Massachusetts Celebrates Africa Week 2014

The Office for Refugees and Immigrants is delighted to join Governor Deval Patrick in celebrating Africa Week. ORI’s mission is to promote the full participation of refugees and immigrants as self-sufficient individuals and families in the economic, social, and civic life of Massachusetts. Given the myriad trials   …Continue Reading Massachusetts Celebrates Africa Week 2014

June 20: Massachusetts Refugee Day Posted on Jun 20

June 20: Massachusetts Refugee Day

Each year on June 20th the United Nations and countless civic groups around the world celebrate World Refugee Day. It was established by the United Nations to honor the courage, strength, and determination of women, men, and children who are forced to flee their homes   …Continue Reading June 20: Massachusetts Refugee Day