The New York City Mayor’s Office of Immigrant Affairs (MOIA) Commissioner Bitta Mostofi announced on April 29, 2021 her plans to depart from the de Blasio administration, effective in early May. Commissioner Mostofi joined the de Blasio administration in 2014 and was appointed commissioner in 2018. She led the City’s fight against the Trump administration’s federal immigration policies that directly attacked and caused fear and confusion among immigrants, threatening the safety and health of communities across the country before and during the global public health crisis.
Under her leadership, the agency experienced dramatic growth in its programs and services that ensure access to justice, expand accessibility of City services, and provide educational opportunities for immigrant New Yorkers that encourage civic participation, among the many ways MOIA has supported the City’s COVID-19 response and recovery efforts through outreach, direct assistance, language access, and more.
“It has been an honor to serve immigrant New Yorkers in this administration and I am humbled by the trust bestowed upon me during some of the most tumultuous years in the lives of so many immigrants across this great city,” said MOIA Commissioner Bitta Mostofi. “While there continues to be much work to be done, I am proud of the myriad achievements we have accomplished and the example we have set for local leadership across the country. None of this would have been possible without my incredible team at MOIA, colleagues across our administration, and the many community partners we work alongside. I am grateful to the Mayor for this opportunity and for his deep commitment to immigrant New Yorkers.”
For additional information about the agency’s programming and advocacy view MOIA’s Annual Report, “State of Our Immigrant City.”
The NYC Mayor’s Office of Immigrant Affairs (MOIA) promotes the well-being of NYC’s immigrant communities by advocating for policies that increase justice, equity, and empowerment. MOIA leads, supports, and manages programs that help to successfully include immigrant New Yorkers into the civic, economic, and cultural life of the City. For more information on all MOIA services and the City’s many resources for immigrant New Yorkers, go to nyc.gov/immigrants; call the MOIA hotline at 212-788-7654 from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., Monday to Friday or send an email to AskMOIA@cityhall.nyc.gov; and follow us on Twitter, Instagram, Facebook, LinkedIn, and Medium.