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Commission on Refugee and Immigrant Affairs

Description of the Commission:

The Commission on Refugee and Immigrant Affairs was created in November of 2013. It is a 21 member commission and may include non-citizens.  Members serve two-year terms and may serve no more than two consecutive terms.

The mission of the commission is to create a means for refugee and immigrant voices to be heard and understood, to facilitate civic engagement among refugees and immigrants, and to recognize and legitimize issues of importance to new arrivals in the city of Hartford.

The commission shall advise City government about the needs and status of Hartford’s refugee and immigrant communities and advocate for their interests. The commission shall also facilitate communication and understanding between and among the foreign born and native born residents of Hartford.

Commission Members
Michael E. Akpan
Georges S. Annan-Kingsley
Janet L. Bauer, Interim Co-Chair
Padam K. Bharati
Rio E. Comaduran, Interim Co-Chair
Leticia Cotto
Elizabeth T. Cuentas
Anne B. Dombrofski
Carlos Espinosa
Mui Mui Hin-McCormick
Eva Jacobson
Joseph M. Kalapele
Jyotsna Khattri-Chettri
Indira A. C. Petoskey
Estela Morales Ramos
Dean L. Rhoden
Leonel Balam Soto
Rebecca L. Thomas

Staff: Judy Wyman Kelly, Hartford Public Library, 301-503-8035 (cell), This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Meeting Schedule: First and third Wednesdays of the month at 5:30 PM in Hartford City Hall

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HARTFORD CITY HALL ADDRESS: 550 Main Street, Hartford, CT 06103 PHONE: (860)757-9311 HOURS: 8AM - 5PM