What we do
From the beginning, Philadelphia has worked to be a welcoming place to people from all walks of life. Our country was built by immigrants and our strength as a city is reinforced by our vibrant diversity.
The mission of the Office of Immigrant Affairs (OIA) is to promote the well-being of Philadelphia’s immigrant communities. We do this by recommending and developing policies and programs, which in turn provide opportunity and access to services.
We help facilitate the successful inclusion of immigrants into the civic, economic, and cultural life of the city. We also highlight the essential role that immigrants have played and continue to play in our city.
Jun19EventImmigrant Heritage Month Storytime, Free Library of Philadelphia10:30 am to 11:30 amQueen Memorial Library, 1201 S 23rd St.Event
Immigrant Heritage Month Storytime, Free Library of PhiladelphiaJune 19, 201810:30 am to 11:30 am, 1 hourQueen Memorial Library, 1201 S 23rd St.mapYoung children and their caregivers are invited for a special Immigrant Heritage Month storytime. Join us as we read, sing, dance, and learn about multiculturalism together! Older siblings are always welcome. Contact: Liz Gardiner, GardinerE@freelibrary.org, 215-685-1899
Jun20EventShowing of "Brooklyn," Free Library of Philadelphia4:00 pm to 6:00 pmEastwick Library, 2851 Island Ave.Event
Showing of "Brooklyn," Free Library of PhiladelphiaJune 20, 20184:00 pm to 6:00 pm, 2 hoursEastwick Library, 2851 Island Ave.mapThis is a film screening of the movie "Brooklyn" for Immigrant Heritage Month. Contact: Mary Beth Triplette, TriplettM@freelibrary.org, 215-685-4170
Jun20EventCelebrate Immigrant Heritage Month: Arabic, Free Library of Philadelphia4:30 pm to 5:30 pmTacony Branch, 6742 Torresdale Ave.Event
Celebrate Immigrant Heritage Month: Arabic, Free Library of PhiladelphiaJune 20, 20184:30 pm to 5:30 pm, 1 hourTacony Branch, 6742 Torresdale Ave.mapTAC LEAP staff will present folktales, crafts, and recipes from their places of origin: Puerto Rico, China, Ukraine, Albania, and the Middle East. There will be a different workshop/activity each week. Contact: Suzin Weber, email@example.com
Enriquez was born in the United States, but spent much of her childhood living in several different Latin American countries, including Nicaragua, her family’s country of origin. Before joining the Office of Immigrant Affairs, Enriquez served as City Councilman-at-Large Dennis M. O’Brien’s Director of Legislation and Policy, where she was instrumental in crafting and passing landmark legislation to protect consumers of immigration services in the City. Prior to her work on City Council, Enriquez served as an Assistant District Attorney at the Philadelphia D.A.’s Office. Enriquez received her B.A. with distinction from George Mason University and her J.D. from The Dickinson School of Law. Enriquez is fluent in Spanish.
City of Philadelphia Language Access Plans are provided by City agencies and are required by the Philadelphia Home Rule Charter 8-600.
Find a list of local resources for our refugee and immigrant residents in Philadelphia that can provide legal help and other services.