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Office of Immigrant & Refugee Affairs

The Denver Office of Immigrant & Refugee Affairs promotes greater awareness and integration of immigrant and refugee residents in Denver. We partner with nonprofits, community based organizations, residents and government agencies to develop and implement policies, practices and programs that influence the various paths of immigrant integration. 

  • If you are an immigrant or refugee: You can find valuable resources and information from local nonprofits, libraries and government agencies though our online Denver Immigrant and Refugee Resource Directory.  
  • If you are a community based organization or non-profit: We would love to chat about how collaboration and partnership can be leveraged to increase community impact and reach. We would be happy to address the challenges and opportunities you find your clients and customers facing in order to bridge more successfully to the appropriate city agency where dialogue, recommendation and partnership can lead to action.
  • If you are a government agency, office or department: We can help your agency develop a greater understanding of the immigrant and refugee community needs in Denver, share best practices and recommended strategies for outreach.

Public Charge

Latest News on Public Charge
On October 10, 2018, the Department of Homeland Security’s proposed public charge regulation was published in the Federal Register. This regulation would mark a fundamental change from our nation’s historic commitment to welcoming immigrants.

You can view the DHS proposed rule HERE.

You can submit your own comment HERE or below. 
Anyone can comment – residents, organizations, elected officials. 

Important to note
The Administration is legally required to review public comments on the proposed regulation. Commenters will not be required to give their address or divulge their immigration status. Members of the public may post official comments through Cities for Action.

Meeting Information
Join the Denver Immigrant and Refugee Commission on Wednesday, October 24 from 6-7pm at the Spring Institute for Intercultural Learning, for a discussion about public charge and social barriers to health care for immigrants and refugees. This event is free and open to the public. The Commission meeting will continue after the presentation. If you or someone you know needs interpretation services, please contact Maria Corral at by October 19th. 

What is Public Charge?
“Public Charge” is a term used by U.S. immigration officials to refer to a person who is considered likely to become primarily dependent on the government for subsistence.

Learn more here.

Additional Background Information
Colorado Center on Law and Policy Public Charge Resource Page
Colorado Center on Law and Policy Fact Sheet

Key Resource Websites
The Immigrant Legal Resource Center (ILRC)
National Immigration Law Center (NILC)
Things to keep in mind when talking to immigrant families (NILC)

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Programs and Initiatives

Denver is home to approximately 30,000 residents who are eligible for citizenship!

As a U.S. Citizen, you can:

Travel with a U.S. Passport, access more job opportunities, vote in elections and much more!

Questions about eligibility and application? Visit this USCIS page for more information

Looking for a qualified immigration attorney? Visit the AILA search page

Here are other community partners holding Citizenship info sessions and workshops!

Denver Public Library

Mi Familia Vota - Colorado

Colorado African Organization

Asian Pacific Development Center

The fund awards grants to nonprofit organizations to provide representation for qualified individuals threatened with or in removal proceedings.

At its core, providing representation to immigrants in removal proceedings is not about who deserves to stay or be deported, it is about bringing fairness to complex immigration proceedings that pit immigrants against experienced government attorneys, and tear communities and families apart.

  • Legal defense should not be for only those who can afford it
  • Immigrants are over 10 times more likely to be able to stay in the country when they have representation
  • Deportation proceedings are the only legal proceedings in the United States where people are detained without access to legal representation

To learn more visit the Legal Services Fund page here.

Para aprender más visita la página del fondo de servicios legales aquí

The Denver Immigrant Integration Mini-Grant program provides funding for Denver residents to create small, community-driven projects designed to bridge immigrant and receiving communities, create stronger and more connected neighborhoods, address community needs, and foster community pride. 


The recent Trump Administration Executive Orders regarding immigration, deportation and travel have caused sincere confusion and concern in our communities. In the coming days and weeks, the Hancock Administration will be gearing up legal protections and supportive services and working with other providers to ensure immigrant and refugee communities have the resources they need and know what their rights are. That starts with empowering people with information and resources.

Denver has a history of welcoming immigrants and refugees and will continue to act as a welcoming city and an ally for all new arrivals.

Learn more here.



Search a database of immigrant and refugee resources through Mile High United Way's 2-1-1.


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Jamie C. Torres, Director
Phone: 720-913-8471

Maria Corral, Community Integration Coordinator
Phone: 720-913-8451



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