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St. Philip Presbyterian Church

Speaker: Terence O'Neil
Director of the Office of New Americans and Immigrant Communities
City of Houston Mayor's Office

(Church & Society Series) What Does it Mean for Houston to be a Welcoming City?

Sunday, March 19, 2017
9:30 AM  to 10:30 AM


St. Philip Presbyterian Church
4807 San Felipe Street
Houston, Texas, USA

Dec. 12, 2016 – Mayor Sylvester Turner announced the creation of the Office of New Americans to improve access to City services for all Houstonians. The office will serve as a clearinghouse for information and engagement with Houston's thriving immigrant community and work with a task force of stakeholders to develop the City's Welcoming Houston program. Mayor Sylvester Turner - “Many members of our community are living in fear and asking whether they will continue to have a place in our great city. I want all of our residents, including immigrants and refugees, and people of all faiths, to feel safe and protected. The Houston that existed before the November election is the Houston that still exists today. We will not tolerate violence or criminal activity against anyone. Houston is going to remain a city where all are welcome, where neighbors look out for one another and where we are proud of our diversity.”

Biography of Terence O'Neil:
Terence O'Neil helped initiate the City's first language access program, the City's first wage theft ordinance, the Houston Police Dept. first human trafficking unit; he expanded the size and scope of Citizenship Month, held the City's first ever Mayor's State of the Refugee Community Breakfast, and initiated other projects that have enhanced Houston's reputation as an international city. Mr. O'Neil recently was tapped by the Special Assistant to the President for Immigration Policy to host a White House Regional Convening at City Hall for the purpose of increasing resources and collaborative efforts in Houston that improve services to the immigrant community. The President honored the Office of International Communities at the White House in June 2016 for its work to improving the quality of life for immigrant communities in Houston. Mr. O'Neil studied philosophy at the University of Houston-Downtown and is pursuing a master's degree from Rice University.



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