Council Confirms New Immigrant and Refugee Affairs Director
SEATTLE - City Council this week unanimously approved Cuc T. Vu as Director of the Office of Immigrant and Refugee Affairs (OIRA).
"Cuc's compelling background as a refugee of the Vietnam War, immigrant upbringing and experience working on immigrant and refugee affairs issues makes her the ideal director to help the immigrant and refugee communities achieve success," said Councilmember Bruce Harrell, chair of the Public Safety, Civil Rights and Technology Committee. "Her previous experience in leading national and local immigrant rights groups and establishing the first national immigrant rights coalition will be invaluable as she engages with city departments to empower refugees and immigrants to advance their priorities."
As director, Ms. Vu's goal is to implement the City's five-point plan:
- Expand citizenship programs and services
- Create career pathways through ESL and computer training for the most limited English-proficient immigrants and refugees
- Improve access to City programs, services and resources through ethnic media engagement
- Enhance public safety for immigrant and refugee communities through a Refugee Women's Institute, where emerging refugee women leaders will learn to use City services to advocate for themselves, their families and their communities
- Implement a language access program to improve the City's ability to engage its immigrant and refugee residents
Ms. Vu most recently served as the first Chief Diversity Officer for the Human Rights Campaign and has worked at SEIU, AFL-CIO and the U.S. Department of Labor. Vu earned an undergraduate degree at Pomona College and a graduate degree as a Woodrow Wilson Fellow at Columbia University's School of International and Public Affairs.
Immigrants account for nearly one-fifth of all Seattleites, and approximately one-third of children in Seattle are in immigrant families.
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Councilmember Licata Announces Council Budget Review Process
SEATTLE -Seattle City Councilmember Nick Licata, chair of the Council's Budget Committee, today announced this autumn's City Council budget review process. The announcement follows delivery of Mayor Ed Murray's proposed 2015-2016 operating budget earlier today.
"I look forward to examining the Mayor's proposed budget, keeping in mind the highest priorities the Council expressed in a letter to the Mayor in early August: human services, public safety and transportation. Those priorities were informed by a series of community meetings I hosted earlier this year."
Public input is vital to Council review and helps Councilmembers develop a budget that best reflects the needs of the City. The Council will hold two public hearings, on October 7 at Garfield Community Center, and October 23 at Seattle City Hall. Both begin at 5:30 p.m.
The schedule for Council consideration of the Mayor’s Proposed Budget is as follows:
October 2 Overview of Mayor's Proposed Budget
October 7-10: Department budget overviews
October 20-24 Issue Identification
October 30-Nov. 6 Presentation/Discussion of Options (Round 1)
November 12-14 Final Decisions and Votes (Round 2)
November 24 Full Council adopts 2015 budget, endorses 2016 budget
The Council’s budget website has additional information, including a glossary of budget terms and links to supporting documents, as they become available. All budget documents will also be publically accessible on the updated City Clerk’s online budget database.
Councilmember Licata recorded this video that explains the Council’s budget process and timeline.
The public is welcome to attend meetings, and can watch live on the Seattle Channel at http://www.seattle.gov/councillive. Comments on the budget can also be submitted online to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Budget Public Hearings
Tuesday, October 7
Garfield Community Center
2323 E Cherry St.
Seattle, WA 98122
Thursday, October 23
City Council Chambers
600 4th Avenue, 2nd floor
Seattle, WA 98104