What we do
From the beginning, Philadelphia has worked to be a welcoming place to people from all walks of life. Our country was built by immigrants and our strength as a city is reinforced by our vibrant diversity.
The mission of the Office of Immigrant Affairs (OIA) is to promote the well-being of Philadelphia’s immigrant communities. We do this by recommending and developing policies and programs, which in turn provide opportunity and access to services.
We help facilitate the successful inclusion of immigrants into the civic, economic, and cultural life of the city. We also highlight the essential role that immigrants have played and continue to play in our city.
Sep23EventCelebration of 69th National Day of P.R. of China, Philadelphia Chinese Community Organization United12:00 pm to 1:00 pmPhiladelphia Chinatown: 10th and Race Street, Philadelphia PA 19107Event
Celebration of 69th National Day of P.R. of China, Philadelphia Chinese Community Organization UnitedSeptember 23, 201812:00 pm to 1:00 pm, 1 hourPhiladelphia Chinatown: 10th and Race Street, Philadelphia PA 19107mapWelcome to the celebration of 69th National Day of People Republic of China! Immersion into the real Chinese culture: watch the flag rising ceremony; hear the Chinese/American national anthems; enjoy the traditional lion dance, beautiful folk dance, Kungfu demonstration and lots fun activities… Contact: Waiman Law, firstname.lastname@example.org, 267-882-3644
Sep23EventI'm Afraid of Men - Book Reading and Release by Vivek Shraya, Office of Immigrant Affairs, Office of LGBT Affairs, Asian Arts Initiative1:00 pm to 2:00 pmAsian Arts Initiative, 1219 Vine Street #100Event
I'm Afraid of Men - Book Reading and Release by Vivek Shraya, Office of Immigrant Affairs, Office of LGBT Affairs, Asian Arts InitiativeSeptember 23, 20181:00 pm to 2:00 pm, 1 hourAsian Arts Initiative, 1219 Vine Street #100mapRaised as the child of South Asian immigrants in Canada, a trans artist explores how masculinity was imposed on her as a boy and continues to haunt her as a girl--and how we might reimagine gender for the twenty-first century. Vivek Shraya will read from her new book, I’m Afraid of Men. Contact: Carol Zou, email@example.com, 215-557-0455
Sep23EventJourney South Mural Tour, Mural Arts Philadelphia2:00 pm to 4:00 pmPick up will be at Pafa, 128 North Broad StreetEvent
Journey South Mural Tour, Mural Arts PhiladelphiaSeptember 23, 20182:00 pm to 4:00 pm, 2 hoursPick up will be at Pafa, 128 North Broad StreetmapExperience firsthand how art ignites change: explore the world's largest outdoor art gallery and get to know Philadelphia's stunning mural collection on an exciting guided tour. Weave through diverse neighborhoods and learn about our work with recent immigrant and refugees in Southeast Philly. Contact: Ellen Soloff, firstname.lastname@example.org, 215-925-3633
Enriquez was born in the United States, but spent much of her childhood living in several different Latin American countries, including Nicaragua, her family’s country of origin. Before joining the Office of Immigrant Affairs, Enriquez served as City Councilman-at-Large Dennis M. O’Brien’s Director of Legislation and Policy, where she was instrumental in crafting and passing landmark legislation to protect consumers of immigration services in the City. Prior to her work on City Council, Enriquez served as an Assistant District Attorney at the Philadelphia D.A.’s Office. Enriquez received her B.A. with distinction from George Mason University and her J.D. from The Dickinson School of Law. Enriquez is fluent in Spanish.
|Name||Job Title||Phone #||Social|
|Orlando Almonte||Language Access Program Manageremail@example.com||(215) 686-2170|
|Claire Daly||Community Outreach VISTAfirstname.lastname@example.org||(215) 686-4412|
|Symbol Lai||Deputy Directoremail@example.com||(215) 686-0899|
|Gabrielle Lysko||Program Development VISTAfirstname.lastname@example.org|
City of Philadelphia Language Access Plans are provided by City agencies and are required by the Philadelphia Home Rule Charter 8-600.
Find a list of local resources for our refugee and immigrant residents in Philadelphia that can provide legal help and other services.
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