It is my pleasure to invite you to the Office of Refugee Resettlement’s (ORR) 2012 National Consultation, Transforming Hope into a Brighter Future, to be held at the Crystal Gateway Marriott in Crystal City, Virginia on Wednesday, September 19, 2012 and Thursday, September 20, 2012. The annual Consultation serves as a platform for our stakeholders to exchange ideas, engage in discussions, and broaden relationships that will shape and grow the program. This year, as in years past, I look forward to your participation, at a time in which the refugee program faces new challenges and explores new directions.
For more than 32 years, ORR continues to partner with States, community and faith-based organizations, Voluntary Agencies, and Mutual Assistance Associations to help refugees and other vulnerable populations achieve self-sufficiency as they resettle in the United States. Through a variety of programs, including employment services, English language instruction, vocational training, case management, and short-term cash and medical assistance, ORR seeks to bridge the gap for the populations we server as they work towards a successful future in the United States. In this Consultation, ORR will address some of the concerns raised during last year’s Consultation, and continue the discussion by featuring several small-group dialogue sessions between ORR and its stakeholders and federal agency partners. As our key partners in resettlement, your participation in these sessions is vital to the success of the Consultation.
I hope that you will be able to join us at ORR’s 2012 National Consultation. I look forward to your participation as we continue the progression of our collective dialogue on the refugee program, highlight innovative programmatic directions, and address the current challenges facing incoming populations.