Office of Multicultural Affairs

The primary role of the Office of Multicultural Affairs is to function as a resource to all state agencies and to all communities served to improve services to minority and multicultural populations in the state of Maine.

New and Noteworthy
  • For Refugees From Warmer Lands, Blizzard Hits Hard
    • Of the blizzard-impacted New England states, Maine boasts the largest percentage of its foreign born population from Southeast Asian countries - around 9,000 according to the Migration Policy Institute.But the blizzard of '15 seems to have impacted Maine's more recent newcomers from Africa, who, like Southeast Asians, hail from much warmer lands.  Read more
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  • Global refugee figures highest since WW2, UN says
    • The number of people living as refugees from war or persecution exceeded 50 million in 2013, for the first time since World War Two, the UN says. The overall figure of 51.2 million is six million higher than the year before, a report by the UN refugee agency says. Antonio Guterres, head of the UNHCR, told the BBC the rise was a "dramatic challenge" for aid organisations. Conflicts in Syria, central Africa and South Sudan fuelled the sharp increase. "Conflicts are multiplying, more and more," Mr Guterres said. "And at the same time old conflicts seem never to die." Of particular concern are the estimated 6.3 million people who have been refugees for years, sometimes even decades.  Learn more
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  • Guidance to Federal Financial Assistance Recipients Regarding the Title VI Prohibition Against National Origin Discrimination Affecting Persons With Limited English Proficiency
    • Consistent with Title VI of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, as amended, Title VI regulations, and Executive Order 13166, ‘‘Improving Access to Services for Persons with Limited English Proficiency (LEP),’’ the guidance clarifies the obligations of entities that receive Federal financial assistance. On March 14, 2002, the Office of Management and Budget (OMB) issued a Report to Congress entitled, ‘‘Assessment of the Total Benefits and Costs of Implementing Executive Order No. 13166: Improving Access to Services for Persons with Limited English Proficiency.’’ Among other things, the Report recommended the adoption of uniform guidance across all Federal agencies, with flexibility to permit tailoring to each agency’s specific recipients.  Read more
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