Welcome to the Colorado Office of New Americans
Who Are New Americans?
A New American is defined by law as a Coloradan who has arrived, and a person who will arrive, to Colorado as an immigrant or refugee, and includes their children.
New Americans are Coloradans! They are children, parents, teachers, students, patients, doctors, contractors, homeowners, entrepreneurs, family members, friends, coworkers, and neighbors.
What Is the Office of New Americans?
The Office of New Americans (ONA) serves as the point of contact for state agencies, private sector organizations, and the public to advance the integration and inclusion of New Americans in Colorado communities. ONA sits at the intersection of policy development and implementation, and HB 21-1150 ensures that ONA leadership continues to advise the Governor and his team on immigration, New Americans and New American integration into Colorado.
ONA’s vision is that all New Americans have equitable access to opportunity and well-being.
ONA’s mission is to facilitate the integration and inclusion of New Americans into Colorado’s civic, economic, and social life.
What Is Integration?
Integration is a dynamic, two-way process in which newcomers and the receiving society work together to build secure, vibrant, cohesive communities (Source: Grantmakers Concerned with Immigrants and Refugees).
The Migration Policy Institute (MPI) defines immigrant integration as “the process of economic mobility and social inclusion for newcomers and their children.” MPI goes on to say that successful integration builds communities that are stronger economically and more inclusive socially and culturally.
Immigrant integration benefits us all, and an intentional, responsive process to engage and welcome transforms all community stakeholders, enriching our collective social, economic, and civic life. Effective integration is inclusive and fosters a sense of belonging in newcomers and receiving community members alike.