Immigrant & Refugee Resources

In February, 2017, Mayor Greg Stanton formed an Ad Hoc Subcommittee to address President Trump’s executive orders regarding immigration reform and refugee services. In response, the subcommittee made the following recommendations which were approved by the Phoenix City Council:

  1. two children play with an adultThat the City Manager direct the Police Department to modernize Phoenix Police Operations Order 4.48 to more closely align with the policies outlined in Mesa Police Department Policy Manual 2.4.35, Tucson Police Department General Order 2300, and Maricopa County Sheriff’s Office Policies EB-1, EB-2, and EA-11. Additionally, Operations Order 4.48 should be in compliance with recent court decisions

  2. That the Police Department develop policies and procedures to responsibly collect data and better report Phoenix Police activity related to the City’s compliance with S.B. 1070

  3. That the City Council affirm that the City of Phoenix currently does not and will not in the future participate in the federal government’s 287(g) program

  4. That the Police Department work with local school district leaders to foster greater trust between students and Phoenix Police Officers through the School Resource Officer Program

  5. That the City of Phoenix work to create a Workforce Development Program for the refugee community focusing on areas such as English language learning, vocational English language programs, and recertification programs for refugees entering the country with higher-level education degrees and experience; and

  6. That the City create a web page on the City website to provide a list of community resources available to refugees and other persons affected by the Executive Orders. [Photo courtesy IRC Phoenix]

Phoenix Police Department

Learn more about Immigration Information from Phoenix Police


Services Provided to Refugee Community

Arizona Refugee Resettlement Program

The Arizona Refugee Resettlement Program (RRP), is the single state agency responsible for the administration of the state’s refugee resettlement program and is managed under the State Refugee Coordinator (RRP). Services are administered by public and private agencies and include transitional cash, medical assistance, linguistic and culturally responsive services for refugees and other eligible beneficiaries. The goal of these services is to assist the resettlement of refugees through achieving economic self-sufficiency as quickly as possible. Visit their website to review details on various programs and offerings.


International Rescue Committee (IRC)

The IRC in Phoenix helps newly arrived refugees with rental assistance, access to healthcare, English language classes, job search, financial literacy classes, behavioral health; social services and immigration services toward residency and citizenship. Victims of human trafficking, survivors of torture, asylees and victims of crime may also receive services from the IRC. Download IRC Brochure (PDF).


Literacy Volunteers

Literacy Volunteers of Maricopa County offers free English classes for adults at our two learning centers. Our services include computer-based instruction, small classes, one-to-one tutoring.  We offer classes for all  English levels, and adults can enroll at any time during the year. For more information, please call 602-274-3430.


Goodwill Career Centers of Central and Northern Arizona

Goodwill Employment Services are devoted to helping the community by fighting unemployment through no-cost career centers for the public. Whether someone needs help developing a resume, defining a skill set or applying for jobs, or simply brushing up on interviewing skills, Goodwill Career Centers can help!


Rio Salado College

College Bridge Pathways at Rio Salado College provides classes for non-high school graduates who wish to prepare for the GED Tests.  We also offer English classes for individuals who are not native-English speakers who want to improve their English reading, writing, speaking, and listening skills.  Finally, the college provides access to career counselors and advisors to assist students in transitioning to post-secondary education.