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Dear SAC Members and Refugee Stakeholders

The State Advisory Council on Refugee Assistance and Services (SAC) Quarterly Meeting will be a teleconference on Wednesday, September 18, 2019, from 1:30 – 3:00 PM.

Teleconference: (877) 984-4737
Participant Code: 6207341

Please forward this information to those who are interested. If you have questions regarding this event, please contact Lauren Kocher, RPB, at Lauren.Kocher@dss.ca.gov or (916) 654-7327.

State Advisory Council- Open Public Seat

Dear Stakeholders

The California Department of Social Services, Refugee Programs Bureau is announcing one open Public Seat on the State Advisory Council on Refugee Assistance and Services (SAC). The SAC is looking for an individual to fill the seat who would like to utilize their skills, knowledge, expertise, and passion to support refugee communities and resettlement in California. Please click on the link below for more information on the SAC.


If you or someone you may know is interested in the position, please submit the nomination by no later than October 14, 2019. A completed SAC nomination packet must include the following:

  1. SAC_Nomination_Form_2016.pdf
  2. Current Resume
  3. Three References
In accordance to the SAC By-Laws, Section 1B, no more than four nominations will be accepted for any open public seat. Completed nominations (with all three components of the packet) will be accepted within 30 days from the announcement of the open seat and on a first come, first served basis, determined by the date and time of the receipt of the application. Once you have submitted an application, you will receive confirmation of your application and if you have been accepted as a nominee.

Please submit the completed nomination packet via email to RPBreports@dss.ca.gov or by mail to:

CDSS/Refugee Programs Bureau
Attn: State Advisory Council
744 P Street, MS 9-6-646
Sacramento, CA 95814

If you have questions, please contact Lauren Kocher at ( 916 ) 654-7327 or Lauren.Kocher@dss.ca.gov

California County Plans

For your information, these are the Refugee Services County Plans certified by the California Department of Social Services, Refugee Programs Bureau for Alameda, Los Angeles, OrangeSan Diego, San Francisco, Santa Clara and Stanislaus counties.

RPB Collection of Refugee Stories 2017

This publication was created to emphasize the refugees’ positive impact on California and the United States, and to use as a tool to share accomplishments, best practices, obstacles, and information with stakeholders.

Refugees and other populations we serve greatly contribute cultural richness and economic growth to California and their local communities.  They also provide us with a source of incredible and inspirational stories of struggle and success.  This anecdotal information is shared with a significant number of stakeholders in California involved in resettling these populations through Reception and Placement.

Housing Resources for Refugees - Resources Guide

As the housing market prices in California continue to increase, affordable housing can be challenging for low-income families, especially refugees.  Affordable housing for refugees has consistently been voiced as a major concern by the Resettlement Agencies (RAs); therefore, the Refugee Programs Bureau researched some best practices for the RAs to use as tools to assist refugees to obtain affordable housing.

California Secretary of State - Reaching New Voters

The California Secretary of State office created this page, Reaching New Voters, to help people who are new to voting, or who will soon become eligible to vote, find basic voting information and materials in English and nine additional languages including:  Spanish, Chinese, Hindi, Japanese, Khmer, Korean, Tagalog, Thai and Vietnamese.  Voter Education and Outreach Services are inviting organizations, schools, community colleges, businesses and agencies that serve the communities where these languages are spoken to join them in making this resource available to everyone they communicate with who might find it useful.

I-94 Form Automation Fact Sheet  

In order to increase efficiency, reduce operating costs and streamline the admissions process, U.S. Customs and Border Protection has automated Form I-94 at air and sea ports of entry.  The paper form will no longer be provided to a traveler upon arrival, except in limited circumstances.  The traveler will be provided with a CBP admission stamp on their travel document.  If a traveler needs a copy of their I-94 (record of admission) for verification of alien registration, immigration status or employment authorization, it can be obtained from the I-94 Form Automation Fact Sheet.

Somali Refugee Women's Health YouTube Videos

If you work with Somali refugee women, please take a look and share!  The Office of Refugee Resettlement (ORR) has launched the following videos aiming to educate Somali refugee women about a variety of health topics.  They can be viewed from ORR's website or directly on YouTube at http://bit.ly/Somali_RWH.

New Toolkit Developed by the Cultural Orientation Resource Center

PRM is pleased to announce the release of the Faces of Resettlement Toolkit to accompany the Faces of Resettlement video.  Developed by the Cultural Orientation Resource Center (COR) at the Center for Applied Linguistics, the toolkit is designed for use in outreach, training and cultural orientation with three audiences in mind:  receiving community members, service providers and refugees.  The toolkit provides step-by-step lesson plans for use during group viewings of the video.  Through each lesson plan, participants engage in interactive exercises and thought-provoking discussions about refugees and their contributions to U.S. communities.  

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