Get2KnowNYIC – VISTA Program

May 16th, 2017

This is the first post in our blog series highlighting the different programs in New York Immigration Coalition (NYIC). Check back every week to learn more about the programs that help advocate for New York’s immigrant communities!

The Membership and Capacity Building (MCB) program at NYIC seeks to build relationships with different organizations that support immigrant communities.

Membership Spotlight – Dominicanos USA

May 16th, 2017

Dominicanos USA is a nonpartisan organization committed to civic engagement that empowers the Dominican-American community in the United States by registering, educating, and mobilizing them to go out and vote.

The NYIC visited their office in the Bronx and sat down with their New York Organizer, Omar Suarez to learn more about their organization.

#IAmAnImmigrant Campaign for Immigrant Heritage Month

May 16th, 2017

This June, NYIC was part of #IAmAnImmigrant, a campaign spearheaded by our partners and forcelebrating Immigrant Heritage Month. The campaign that encourages all of us to explore our individual heritage & recognize our distinct and shared experiences.

Coalition Applauds State Education Department’s Inclusion of Immigrant Family Engagement in New York’s Draft ESSA Plan

May 16th, 2017

Last week the State Education Department (SED) released its draft Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA) plan. In the draft (page 133), SED commits to creating official engagement guidelines with an emphasis on engaging parents and families of students identified as English Language Learners (ELLs)/Multilingual Learners (MLLs), immigrant, migrant and homeless.

Membership Spotlight – Sauti Yetu Center For African Women And Families

May 16th, 2017

Sauti Yetu Center For African Women And Families is a multi-issue community based organization that serves African women and families from all five boroughs, with offices in the Bronx and Staten Island.

The NYIC took the time to visit their office in the South Bronx and sat down with Staff Attorney, Trinh Tran and Legal Services Case Manager, Massange Kamara to learn more about their organization.

Thanks for the Glorious Night – NYIC 2016 Gala a Success Because of You!

May 16th, 2017

This past Tuesday, May 24th, a record 400 friends, allies, and supporters of the New York Immigration Coalition gathered for a wonderful evening to honor several distinguished champions for New York’s immigrant communities! Thank you so much for making our 2016 Gala such a special, festive and jovial evening filled with laughter, music, and most importantly – wonderful people.

Immigrant Roots- Mario Mendoza

May 16th, 2017

I was born in El Salvador and came to the States in October of 1981. My mom was a teacher at the time in El Salvador, and she was part of a group of teachers who advocated for better salaries and work environment, much like a teacher’s union. The government did not allow people to organize and deemed these teachers “communist”, and told my mom that they would kill her and her sons if she did not leave the country.

We Are Alejandro & Carmen and We Are Ready

May 16th, 2017

This is the fourth story in our #IAmReady series. In the last three weeks, we have also featured the stories of other DAPA eligible and expanded DACA eligible community members including Hoda, Zaida Verdugo, and Cris Mercado to show how immigration relief would help them.

NYIC Statement on USCIS Visit to NYC School

May 15th, 2017

Today Mayor Bill de Blasio is expected to speak with the Secretary of Homeland Security, John Kelly, about a recent incident in which a federal agent from USCIS visited a public school in Queens. In response, Steven Choi, Executive Director of the New York Immigration Coalition issued the following statement:

“Although it appears that Thursday’s events were not an enforcement action, it demonstrates how important it is for the Department of Education to have these protocols in place to protect every student in New York City, regardless of immigration status.