Coordinator of EL, Dual Language, Migrant and Refugee Education
Jean Claude Ashimwe
Paw Ni Thaw
Dinka, Sudanese, & Arabic Liaison
Pashto, Dari, & Farsi Liaison
For languages not listed, please contact the OPS Bilingual Liaison coordinator:
Javier Rodriguez-Torres at 531-299-9583.
If a bilingual liaison or contracted interpreter is not available, please use:
Certified Languages International (800-218-4906) for immediate over-the-phone interpreting services.
Students should never be used as interpreters.
Person who has been forced to flee his or her country because of persecution, war, or violence. A refugee has a well-founded fear of persecution for reasons of race, religion, nationality, political opinion or membership in a particular social group.
Special Immigrant Visa (SIV):
Person who worked with the U.S. Armed Forces or under Chief of Mission authority as a translator or interpreter in Iraq or Afghanistan
A form of protection available to persons who:
- Meet the definition of refugee
- Are already in the United States, or
- Are seeking admission at a port of entry
For more information on refugees and the federal U.S. resettlement program, please visit: United Nations High Commission for Refugees: https://www.unhcr.org/en-us/ Office of Refugee Resettlement (ORR): https://www.acf.hhs.gov/orr
For local and cultural information, please visit: www.omaharefugees.com
All school age children in Nebraska are not only entitled to a free public school education, they are legally obligated to be in school. Public schools cannot ask the immigration status of a student or guardian. Public schools cannot ask for a social security number. We can ask country of birth, race, previous education history, and primary language/s spoken in the home.
Many refugees speak multiple languages, but OPS only requests and tracks the primary language(s) spoken in the home. The larger refugee language groups include: