Immigrant & Refugee Commission

The Denver Immigrant and Refugee Commission advocates for the immigrant and refugee communities of the City of Denver. They connect communities with allies, stakeholders and resources in Denver and provide valuable community context and input to policy makers. The Commission engages communities in an integrative and meaningfulway and provides education by raising awareness about resources that will make their integration into the Denver community constructive.

ROLE OF THE COMMISSION: To develop collaborative and partnership potential between Denver’s immigrant and refugee communities and the City & County of Denver and to identify and impact mutual community challenges and opportunities.


 Paulo Alvarez  
 Abdi Buni  
 Fran Campbell  
 Susma Dahal  
 Florian Ezui  
 Diana Higuera  
 Sher Mizer  
 Marcela Mendoza  
 Sisay Teklu  
 Jackky Sirichantho  
 Felipe Vieyra  
 Rowena Alegria (ex-oficio)  

Commission Meetings


January 29, 2014   1600 Downing St.
CEDS Office
February 26, 2014   Posner Center - 1031 33rd St   AGENDA    
March 26, 2014  Posner Center - 1031 33rd St
April 30, 2014  1700 Lincoln St. Suite 4650   AGENDA  
May 21, 2014  Conference Call: 720-865-4327    
May 28, 2014  Emily Griffith Technical College
1250 Welton St., Room 123
June 25, 2014  Cancelled - Please support 
World Refugee Month!
July 30, 2014  Colorado African Organization
6795 E Tennessee Ave
August 27, 2014  Denver Public Library - Byers 
Branch - 7th and Santa Fe
September 24, 2014   Emily Griffith Technical College
6th Floor Conference Room
October 29, 2014 Museum of Nature & Science
2001 Colorado Blvd.
 December 10, 2014  Filipino-American Community of
Colorado, 1900 Harlan Street

Commission News and Events


Nov 14, 2014

To celebrate National Welcoming Week,  Mayor Michael B. Hancock signed a proclamation declaring September 24th, 2014 "Welcoming Denver Day". To further demonstrate Denver's commitment to a welcoming spirit, the proclamation was translated in English, Spanish, Somali, Arabic and Vietnamese. Click any of the above languages to view the proclamation.

Contact the Immigrant & Refugee Commission

Jamie TorresCommission Liaison
(720) 913-8471

Denver 311 Help Center
Call 3-1-1
Outside Denver Call (720)913-1311
Emergencies: 911 
TTY Service: 720-913-8479