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  • December 12, 2017

    The San Francisco Office of Civic Engagement & Immigrant Affairs and the Immigrant Rights Commission are shocked and saddened by the sudden passing of Mayor Edwin M. Lee. Mayor Lee was the best human being and a wonderful Mayor who cared deeply about San Francisco and ALL its people. He was a staunch supporter of the underserved, the forgotten and the underrepresented. He championed immigrants and communities of color and worked hard to make sure the City was a safe, inclusive place where everyone could thrive. We will miss his leadership, his humor, and his encouragement. As the work continues for our communities, we pledge to continue working hard in memory of Mayor Lee in partnership with Mayor Breed, the Board of Supervisors and the entire City family for a San Francisco for all the people.


What is the Immigrant Rights Commission (IRC)?

The purpose of the IRC is to advise the Mayor and Board of Supervisors on issues and policies related to immigrants who live or work in San Francisco. The IRC was created in 1997 when the Board of Supervisors adopted Ordinance No. 211-97, codified as Article XXI, Chapter 5 of the San Francisco Administrative Code (Section 5.201). The commission consists of fifteen (15) voting members, eleven (11) who are appointed by the Board of Supervisors and four (4) who are appointed by the Mayor. At least eight members must be immigrants to the United States and each member of the Commission serves for a term of two years.

What does the Immigrant Rights Commission do?

Improves, enhances, and preserves the quality of life and civic participation of all immigrants in the City and County of San Francisco.

Provides advice and makes recommendations to the Mayor and the Board of Supervisors on issues affecting immigrants working and residing in the City.

Holds annual public hearings to obtain input from the immigrant community about programs, policies, and issues that relate to immigrants who are the residents of the City and County of San Francisco.

Cooperates with and makes recommendations to other City and County departments, agencies, and commissions that administer and enforce regulations relating to health, human services, law enforcement, human rights, language access, sanctuary city ordinance, municipal identification, and all other issues that affect immigrants.

Prepares and submits to the Board of Supervisors and the Mayor an annual report on the review and evaluation of the services and programs in place for immigrants residing in San Francisco.

Develops a plan for outreach to, and education of, the public to increase public awareness of the contributions made by immigrants to the local economy, educational institutions, and other fields in San Francisco.