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Immigrant and Refugee Affairs

The City is committed to providing immigrant and refugee communities with equitable access to city services and relevant information. The Office of Equity and Human Rights is diligently working to create equitable outcomes and facilitate change both internally and externally.


Information for DACA Recipients and Families Available

In response to President Trump’s announcement in September 2017 to end the Obama Administration’s Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) Program in six months, the City of Tacoma’s Office of Equity and Human Rights wants to help residents easily access resources and information by providing links to Federal and State resources as they become available.


The U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services has information and resources available for DACA recipients about the renewal requests, Frequently Asked Questions and the latest actions from the Federal Government.

The press release from the Washington State Office of the Attorney General about Washington’s States potential litigation to defend DACA is available at the Office of the Attorney General’s website. 


Know Your Rights 

The Northwest Immigrant Rights Project has information about events for South Sound residents to learn more about the Federal policies and what they mean. Below are resources to help all people become familiar with their rights.


Know Your Rights (English)

Conozaca Sus Derechos (Espanol)

Tacoma Designated as a Welcoming City

In February 2015, the City Council adopted Resolution 39116, authorizing the City’s membership in the Welcoming Cities and Council Initiative, a network of over 40 localities nationwide which encourages communities to create more welcoming, immigrant-friendly environments that maximize opportunities for economic growth and vitality.


One way the city is encouraging more welcoming environments is by partnering with communities within Tacoma to sponsor events such as Latino Town Halls. Read the report on the 2016 Latino Town Halls to learn more about the the events and their outcomes.