Dr. Laura Gonzalez-Murphy is the Director of the New York’s State’s Office for New Americans. For the past three years, she has had the privilege and unique ability to design and launch sustainable initiatives in response to fluctuating immigration flows, during times of relative receptiveness to immigrants, and during periods of highly restrictive national policies. The last two years have entailed formidable challenges for immigrants in New York State, particularly in the upstate areas, where services are limited, and the political culture of municipalities is not as receptive to immigrants as in New York City. Despite these challenges, she has led the implementation of support programs that are especially focused on overcoming such resources and legal constraints. The above efforts have positioned ONA as the go-to office in state government on immigration policy, and the best suited to advise and counsel on federal policies and immigration flows.

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