For generations, immigrants have been a lifeline for New York State, helping it thrive. From building the Erie Canal, connecting the Great Lakes to the Atlantic Ocean, to powering the booming industries of Syracuse, Rochester, Buffalo and so many towns and cities in between, immigrants have been at the center of the state’s economic growth.
Immigrants must build political strength to shape the policies that affect their lives. The NYIC promotes the full civic engagement of immigrants through a comprehensive civic participation program—educating and mobilizing voters, registering new citizens to vote, ensuring that candidates and officials address immigrant issues, and developing community leaders.
The NYIC Education team advocates for a quality education for New York's immigrant youth. Through our NYIC Education Collaborative and together with our allies, we fight to support children developing English proficiency, meaningful immigrant family engagement, youth empowerment and welcoming schools.
The NYIC strives to improve immigrant health by increasing access to health coverage and care and by strengthening capacity within immigrant-serving community organizations to help overcome barriers to care. We work with community groups and agencies to educate people about health care rights and help them overcome barriers to health care.
The NYIC Special Projects team develops and implements unique, community-based initiatives and campaigns to engage, empower, and holistically integrate immigrant communities in New York. These include the NYIC's Key to the City and Black Immigrant Engagement Initiatives, adult literacy education policy, and immigrant rights community education since the 2016 federal election.
The NYIC Immigration Advocacy team works closely with our Immigration Advocacy Collaborative to push for comprehensive immigration reform and to expand the rights of immigrant New Yorkers. Our Immigration Advocacy Collaborative engages groups around state- and city-wide advocacy agendas and has worked to pass federal immigration reform.
The New York Immigration Coalition advocates for immigrants via fair and sustainable campaigning to grant basic education, access to health coverage, the right to vote, and more. Explore all our current and past campaigns, and see how you too can support immigrant rights to help immigrants live better lives.