Welcome to the Massachusetts Office for Refugees and Immigrants (ORI) website. At ORI, we promote the full participation of refugees and immigrants as self-sufficient individuals and families in the economic, social and civic life of the Commonwealth. Our primary responsibility is to administer the federally funded refugee resettlement program, which includes refugee cash and medical assistance, case management, employment services, English language for employment training, foster care for unaccompanied minors, and social adjustment services.

Meet the Executive Director

Josiane Martinez serves as Executive Director of the Massachusetts Office for Refugees and Immigrants (ORI), the state agency that oversees the resettlement of refugees and asylees in the Commonwealth and that coordinates state policies and programs that serve immigrant communities.

Josiane was first appointed by Governor Patrick as Director of Specialized Media in 2011, where she served as the ethnic media spokesperson for the Governor’s Executive Office, Secretariats and Commissioners by way of working with media outlets across the Commonwealth to delivery critical information to ethnic communities. Prior to joining the Administration, Josiane worked as a consultant for the Patrick-Murray Campaign, where she launched and produced the first multicultural, multi-language ethnic media advertising and public relations strategy for a gubernatorial campaign in the history of Massachusetts.

Josiane was Director of Marketing and Public Relations for La Alianza Hispana in Boston, where she managed key relationships with community leaders, corporate partners and health care providers to serve more than 15,000 Latinos every year.  Josiane is also an experienced reporter and photographer, covering Latino communities for El Planeta, El Mundo, Siglo 21, Color Magazine, and other ethnic news outlets. 

Josiane is Founder and former Director of St. Andrew’s Coffeehouse Cultural Center, an interactive peace revival space which hosts the successful “Hora del Café”, an event that blends poetry, music, theater, dance and visual arts from all parts of the diverse community of Massachusetts. In 2008, Josiane was one of twenty-one women selected to participate in National Hispana Leadership Institute's Executive Leadership Program.  Following in 2010 and 2011, El Planeta Newspaper selected Josiane as one of the top one-hundred most influential Latinos in Massachusetts.

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