In July 2008, Executive Order No. 503 called for the Governor's Advisory Council on Refugees and Immigrants (GACRI) to develop recommendations for better integrating refugees and immigrants into the economy and Commonwealth. The GACRI delivered the final New Americans Agenda report and recommendations to the Governor's Office on October 1, 2009. The Governor publicly released the report on Nov. 17, 2009 and announced the creation of an inter-governmental work group to develop a state action plan for implementation.

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Key Resources


New Americans Agenda Partners

Office for Refugees and Immigrants

The Massachusetts Office for Refugees and Immigrants is a state agency which works to support the effective resettlement of refugees and the coordination of state policies and programs that affect and serve immigrants; to promote the full participation of refugees and immigrants in the economic, civic, social and cultural life of the Commonwealth; and to foster a public environment that recognizes and supports the ethnic and cultural diversity of the state.

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GACRI was created in 1983 and is a group of volunteer appointed advisors charged with counseling the Governor on policy and programs for immigrants and refugees in the Commonwealth.

Massachusetts Immigrant and Refugee Advocacy Coalition (MIRA Coalition)

The MIRA Coalition is made up of over 120 community, service, and labor organizations. MIRA works to advocate for the rights and opportunities of immigrants and refugees. In partnership with its members, MIRA advances this mission through education, training, leadership development, organizing, policy analysis and advocacy.

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Ten community based organizations were chosen to be New Americans Agenda Network Organizations to help organize the series of community meetings across the Commonwealth and to participate in the drafting of the New Americans Agenda report recommendations.


Immigrant Integration Initiatives in Other States

The Massachusetts New Americans Agenda was informed by the work of several states, including Illinois and New Jersey, which have recently undertaken similar integration-based strategies. These integration projects have inspired similar initiatives in Virginia, Washington, Maryland and other states across the country.


This information is provided by the Office for Refugees and Immigrants.