State launches new effort to help refugees, legal aliens

Refugees and legal aliens living in Alaska may now find help in training and employment services at the Alaska Department of Labor and Workforce Development’s Office of Citizenship Assistance, to be led by Deputy Commissioner Nelson San Juan.

The announcement on Tuesday said that San Juan would also be working directly with Alaskan employers to connect these people to potential employment.

Labor officials said that according to Catholic Social Services, which offers refugee and asylee assistance, over 500 Ukrainian refugees immigrated to Alaska last year and hundreds more are expected in 2023. San Juan will be working on resettlement efforts, providing assistance for those seeking employment, training, and connections with Alaska employers.

For further assistance contact San Juan at his Anchorage office at 907-269-4708.