Multicultural Resources

Local Advocacy

Maine Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS)
Equal Employment Opportunity Office
E-mail: Holly Pomelow, EEO Coordinator,
Phone: (207) 287-3488,
TTY: Maine relay 711,

State House Station#11
Augusta, ME 04333-0011
Fax:  (207) 287-8299
TTY: Maine relay 711

Mission: the mission of the Maine Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS) is to protect and preserve the health and well being of Maine people in order that they may achieve their full potential. Specialized services for the LEP population include:

  1. All DHHS programs and services offer interpreter services for all people with Limited English Proficiency (LEP) free of charge. Signs are prominently placed in reception areas. Interpreter services are made available through Language Line and contract with Catholic Charities.
  2. DHHS is the designated agency to oversee Maine’s Refugee Resettlement Program. DHHS provides some services and subcontracts other services with an outside agency. Bureau of Family Independence works closely with Refugee and Immigration Services. See DHHS Refugee Resettlement Program in resource guide for additional information.
  3. DHHS Public Health Nurses provide health assessments and treatment services to newly arrived refugees, immigrants, and migrant workers in a culturally appropriate way utilizing interpreter services as necessary.
  4. TANF and ASPIRE programs have designated case managers who specialize in working with refugee clients in areas of training and employment.
  5. All supervisory staff in DHHS has received cultural diversity training.

Maine Department of Labor
Division of Migrant and Immigrant Services
State Monitor Advocate:
Jorge A. Acero
55 State House Station
Augusta, ME 04330

e-mail: Jorge A. Acero
phone: (207) 623-7928
TTY: Maine relay 711

See our Migrant & Seasonal Farmworker Resource Directory (2014) (PDF) (Word)

The Division shall monitor workforce activities to identify pockets of immigrant and migrant workers throughout the state of Maine. Through proactive efforts, the Division will assist these workers in procuring employment and social services available to them by coordinating with employers, other employees, labor unions, non-profit organizations and federal and state agencies. The Division, through its outreach efforts into the LEP community, is willing to act as the primary coordinating body for migrant and immigrant issues in Maine.

Some of the specialized services for the LEP population include:

  • Advocacy
  • Employment opportunities and referrals
  • Health and human services referrals
  • Training opportunities

See Also: Office of Special Counsel for Immigration-Related Unfair Employment Practices

Maine Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS)
Julia Trujillo Luengo, Director
Office of Multicultural Affairs
State of Maine
151 Jetport Blvd
Portland, Maine 04103
Phone: (207) 822-2380
Website for Multicultural Resource Guide

Refugee Resettlement Contact:
Catherine Yomoah, State Refugee Coordinator
151 Jetport Blvd
Portland, Maine 04103
Phone:  (207) 822-2381
Website for Multicultural Resource Guide

This office works toward the goal of assuring al services throughout the Department of Health and Human Services continuum of health, child welfare, adult and elderly services, mental health, mental retardation, and substance abuse systems in Maine are accessible and appropriate for immigrant, refugees, limited English proficient and multicultural clients.

* The Refugee Resettlement Program is a federally funded program designed to provide assistance in order to help refugees achieve economic self-sufficiency and social adjustment within the shortest time possible after their arrival in the US. The Refugee Resettlement Program contracts with Catholic Charities Maine, Refugee and Immigration Services for refugee resettlement services such as: Cash and Medical Assistance, English language education, employment services.