New Americans Advisory Council

rsz_naturalizationRochester, like many cities, continues to see an influx of New Americans from various countries and cultures.

To meet the challenge of providing our newest Americans with a voice and adequate access to our City’s leadership, Mayor Warren is establishing a New Americans Advisory Council (NAAC) as part of her Equity and Recovery, or ERA, Agenda.

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The goal of the NAAC is to improve communication among the traditional and emerging leadership of our New American communities, the service providers that assist them and City Hall. It will build on existing efforts including the Rochester Committee on Refugee Resettlement, Mary’s Place, Catholic Family Center, Refugees Helping Refugees and House of Refuge.

By adding additional voices and City leadership to create direct dialogue with my office and City Council, we will be able to better meet the needs of our newest Americans.

To join this effort and be a part of the NAAC, or one of its working groups, please contact Mayor Warren’s Special Advisor for New Americans Issues, Frank Keophetlasy at Frank.Keophetlasy@CityofRochester.Gov.

Creating the New Americans Advisory Council will take a great deal of work, along with focused and dedicated effort. Therefore, Mayor Warren has asked Bijaya Khadka to serve as its founding chair. Mr. Khadka is charged with working with our various City departments and City Council to convene a NAAC working group that will develop and propose formal legislation to create a New Americans Advisory Council. Mr. Khadka has made helping our newest Americans central to his life. He has the knowledge, passion and credibility to lead this effort as part of our work to building equity.

The working group is a necessary step because the New Americans community is not a monolith, nor are the various groups and organizations that work to meet their needs. However, Mayor Warren is confident that we can come together to create a Council that will honor our community’s history as a leader in advancing human rights.

For additional information on the New Americans Advisory Council, including meeting dates, times, and service opportunities, please contact Mayor Warren’s Special Advisor for New Americans Issues, Frank Keophetlasy at Frank.Keophetlasy@CityofRochester.Gov.

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