News from Mayor Muriel Bowser: Supporting DC's Immigrant Population

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Muriel Bowser Ward 4

John A. Wilson Building

1350 Pennsylvania Avenue, NW, Washington, DC 20004

Phone: (202) 727-2643

Chief of Staff:
John Falcicchio

City Administrator:
Rashad Young

Director of the Mayor's Office of Legal Counsel:
Mark Tuohey

Senior Advisor:
Beverly Perry
Director of Mayor's Office of Community Affairs:
Charon Hines

Director of Mayor's Office of Community Relations and Services:
Tommie Jones
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March 23, 2017 | Vol. 3, Issue 11

Letter from the Mayor

Dear Washingtonians,

This week, in recognition of the Cities Day of Immigration Action, my Administration announced that we have extended $500,000 in grant funding to ten DC organizations through the Immigrant Justice Legal Services (IJLS) grant program. 

In Washington, DC, we value diversity and inclusivity, and we believe that our entire city is safer when all residents know they can call on our government for help. We do not want residents to forgo calling 911 because they fear deportation. We do not want families keeping their children out of school because they fear being asked about their immigration status. And we do not want any parent to keep a sick child away from the doctor because they fear that a trip to the hospital could result in their family getting torn apart. 

In January, to support these values, I announced that we were creating the IJLS grant program. Through these grants, our city can do more to help torture survivors who are seeking asylum, we can provide guidance to parents who are working to turn green cards into citizenship, and we can connect more residents to the services they need to escape domestic abuse. 

Our DC values did not change on Election Day, and my Administration will always make the safety of DC residents and visitors our top priority. As we work to strengthen our neighborhoods and spread inclusive prosperity, we will continue defending and advancing the ideals and policies that have made Washington, DC one of the best places in the world to live, work and raise a family. 


Muriel Bowser

ICYMI: Register HERE to join Mayor Bowser at the 2017 State of the District Address on Thursday, March 30 at 5:30 p.m.

In This Week's Newsletter:

Honoring Washington's Women of Excellence


On Tuesday, Mayor Bowser honored six women leaders from Washington, DC at the Washington Women of Excellence Awards, an annual event hosted by the Mayor’s Office on Women’s Policy and Initiatives. The six honorees, who have a wide range of accomplishments in their respective fields, are all trailblazers who have advanced opportunities for other women in Washington, DC and beyond.

This year's honorees included:

  • Maureen Bunyan, a pioneering figure in TV news
  • Pege Gilgannon, the official photographer for ABC7
  • Diane Groomes, Assistant Chief of Patrol Services and School Safety Bureau at the Metropolitan Police Department
  • Janaye Ingram, leader of the Women's March Movement
  • Jodi Elaine Ovca, founder and CEO of Access Youth
  • Catalina Velasquez, activist and a Commissioner for the DC Office of Latino Affairs

Learn more about the honorees HERE.

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Register Now: Spring Break Camp

spring break


On Monday, the Department of Parks and Recreation (DPR) opened registration for their 2017 Spring Break Camp. DPR offers full-day Spring Break Camps for children ages 3 to 13 during DC Public Schools' spring break. 

This year, DCPS' spring break is from Tuesday, April 18 to Friday, April 21. Register for a camp HERE

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RSVP for March Madness


Mayor Bowser and Deputy Mayor for Planning and Economic Development Brian Kenner invite you to attend the Third Annual March Madness on March 24 for a special preview of new and upcoming projects soon to be available to DC’s development community. At the event, attendees will learn about upcoming solicitation opportunities and have the opportunity to network with potential team members. 

The event will be held at the Ronald Reagan Building and International Trade Center from 9:30 a.m. to noon. Those interested in attending should RSVP HERE.

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Paint Recycling and Reuse Event


Have old paint sitting around?

On Saturday, April 8 from 9:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m., the Bowser Administration is working with PaintCare to hold a special paint drop-off event for DC residents and businesses in the parking lot of the Anacostia Recreation Center. Latex and oil-based paint will both be accepted and, for the first time, paint that is found to be in good condition will be made available to the public for reuse.

To learn more about this one-day event and to reserve a timeslot, visit

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A District Minute


This week's District Minute features stories about last week's public safety press conference, the Mayor's appearance on Politics Hour with Kojo Nnamdi, and the Ward 3 community walk. 

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Pathways to the Middle Class: Department of Parks and Recreation, Park Ranger Manager

job posting

The Department of Parks and Recreation (DPR) coordinates a wide variety of recreation programs and supervises many of DC's recreation centers, parks, community gardens, and aquatic facilities. DPR's mission is to enhance the quality of life and wellness for DC residents and visitors by providing equal access to affordable and quality recreational services.

DPR has an opening for a Park Ranger Manager. This position is responsible for coordinating and directing a complete Urban Park Ranger program. All details regarding this vacancy, including qualifications, can be found by visiting the job announcement.  

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