Commission on Refugee and Immigrant Affairs (CRIA)

CRIA creates a means for refugee and immigrant voices to be heard and understood, facilitate civic engagement among refugees and immigrants, and recognize and legitimize issues of importance to new arrivals. Commissioners monitor & analyze impacts of existing or proposed policies or actions; propose policies and actions to Mayor and Council; make recommendations on services; and issue a report, at least every 2 years, on the state of refugees and immigrants in Hartford.


Supporting Department: Mayor's Office of Community Engagement

Number of Members: 11-21

Membership Criteria

  • Majority must be residents
  • Majority must be US citizens
  • Membership must reflect the diversity of the refugee and immigrant population in Hartford, in terms of geography, language, immigration status, background, and ethnicity. 



Meeting Information & Materials

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Commission/Board Bylaws