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Serving people from all over the world who call Houston home

Mayor Annise Parker Signs Language Access Executive Order


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The Office of International Communities brings together Houston's international community by promoting their well-being and connectedness and facilitating their successful civic, economic, and cultural integration in Houston. The office is a division of the City of Houston Department of Neighborhoods.



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Mayor Parker's Signs Language Access Executive Order




July 31, 2013 -- Houston Mayor Annise Parker signed a Language Access Executive
Order establishing a policy to improve the delivery of essential information and
services to Houston's diverse population. View the Press Release.



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To learn more about the Office of International Communities, contact us or click the icons below to learn about some Houston initiatives working to connect people from all over the world who call Houston home:


I Speak Houston

I Speak Houston

About Terence O'Neill


Terence O'Neill


Terence O'Neill is Division Manager of the Office of International Communities, a new initiative under the City's Department of Neighborhoods established by Mayor Annise Parker. Bringing together Houston's uniquely-diverse international community, O'Neill's team promotes their well-being and connectedness and facilitates their successful civic, economic and cultural integration in Houston.




About Benito Juarez


Benito Juarez


Benito Juarez oversees immigrant and refugee affairs for the city of Houston.  Originally from Guatemala, he has served as the city’s expert on immigration issues for three Houston mayors.  Prior to working for the city, Juarez was an active member of community organizations advocating for immigrant and refugee rights.




Contact Us


Main Office Phone: 832.393.1010


Terence O’Neill
Office of International Communities
City Hall
901 Bagby
Houston, TX  77002
PHONE: 832.393.0855
FAX: 832.393.0844


Benito Juarez

Office of International Communities

Southwest Multi-Service Center
6400 High Star, #131
Houston, TX 77074
PHONE: 713.778.6503
FAX: 713.778.6561





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June Is Immigrant Heritage Month


Mayor Annise D. Parker Proclaims June 2014 ... Immigrant Heritage Month.

We are proud to support Immigrant Heritage Month

And we want you to as well! Visit To join us. #welcomeus

World Refugee Day Houston


World Refugee Day Houston
Saturday June 21, 2014
Raindrop Foundation Turkish House
9301 W Bellfort Ave, Houston, TX 77031
3:00 – 7:00pm

METRO Stop: Bellfort Avenue @ Plainfield Street

This is a FREE and family friendly event open to the public.


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Advisory Council of International Communities


The Advisory Council of International Communities, known formerly as the Mayor’s Advisory Council on Immigrant and Refugee Affairs (MACIRA), advises the City on strategies for effective community outreach and services to Houston’s diverse and flourishing international community ... 



Why Is Diversity Important? Many Worlds Mirror Our Identity


"His most important discovery? That there are many worlds. And that each is different. Each is important. And that one must learn about them, because these other worlds, these other cultures, are mirrors in which we can see ourselves, thanks to which we understand ourselves better – for we cannot define our own identity until having confronted that of others, as comparison.


And that is why Herodotus, having made this discovery – the cultures of others are a mirror in which we can examine ourselves in order to understand ourselves better – every morning, tirelessly, again and again, sets out on his journey.”



-- from Travels with Herodotus by Ryszard Kapuściński