The "IRUO" Program

SCS has developed a program to serve LGBTQ immigrant, refugee and undocumented individuals in the Seattle-King County area.


A reflection on the countries that have been affected by the recent Executive Orders.
Artist: Julio Salgado

Artist: Julio Salgado


In May 2015, Seattle Counseling Service received funding to identify major barriers LGBTQ identified immigrant, refugee, and undocumented individuals face in accessing behavioral health services in the Seattle-King County area. In addition to identifying these barriers, the Immigrant, Refugee, and Undocumented Outreach (IRUO) Program seeks to address how local service agencies can work in collaboration with community partners to eliminate these barriers and improve access to services for this community.

Tell us at SCS how we can help you, everything you share with us is kept confidential.

  • We want to increase awareness and cultural sensitivity to LGBTQ immigrant, refugee and undocumented populations in Seattle-King County.
  • We wish to equip new LGBTQ Americans to find housing, learn English, traverse the city, obtain jobs, receive essential supplies, develop a documentation safety plan and become self-sufficient.
  • We will increase accessibility to services and information to LGBTQ immigrant, refugee, and undocumented individuals in the community.
  • Drop by SCS, and talk to our Program Coordinator, Ricardo Gonzalez.
  • Tell us about your experience.

Cuéntanos en SCS cómo podemos ayudarle, todo lo que compartes con nosotros se mantiene en confidencialidad.

  • Queremos incrementar la conciencia y la sensibilidad cultural a las poblaciones inmigrantes, refugiadas e indocumentadas de LGBTQ en el condado de Seattle-King.
  • Deseamos equipar a los nuevos estadounidenses LGBTQ para encontrar vivienda, aprender inglés, atravesar la cuidad, obtener trabajos, recibir suministros esenciales, desarrollar un plan de emergencia con documentación y llegar a ser autosuficientes.
  • Aumentaremos el acceso a servicios e información a los LGBTQ inmigrantes, refugiados e indocumentados en la comunidad.
  • Pasa por SCS, y habla con nuestro Coordinador del Programa, Ricardo Gonzalez.
  • Cuéntenos su experiencia.



  • The project has been presented to 70 different agencies working with refugees in King County.
  • We have hosted 8 delegates from the State Department’s International Visitors Leadership Program to provide them with ideas for programs and services that could be implemented in their countries.
  • We have provided assistance to callers needing resources and information on asylum processes as well as information about our services to Spanish speaking individuals.
  • We have hosted presentations, workshops and focus groups.
  • NPR and Story Corps have partnered with SCS to document seven stories of LGBTQ immigrants and refugees as part of their Out Loud Project. Our Outreach Specialist is working with Story Corps to reach out to API Transgender and Queer immigrants and Refugees as well as Latinos. The stories might be aired on NPR.
  • Because of our work with this project we have been chosen by to be their pilot city for their program.
  • We have distributed more than 1800 informational brochures about the project and about services at SCS.