Civic Participation

In order to shape the policies that affect their lives, immigrants must build political strength beyond election day. The NYIC promotes the full civic participation of immigrants through a comprehensive Civic Engagement program by educating and mobilizing voters, registering new citizens to vote, ensuring that candidates and officials address immigrant issues, and developing community leaders. In order to facilitate the civic engagement of immigrants, the NYIC:

  • Organizes City and State Advocacy Days to promote the Coalition's budget and legislative agendas.
  • Cultivate a diverse corps of leaders and members through leadership development trainings and our Civic Engagement Collaborative, where members come together to demand accountability from government and educate the rest of their community about civic participation. The collaborative conducts voter education and get-out-the-vote activities, which play a critical role in ensuring that voters understand their rights inside and outside the voting booth and are informed about where candidates stand on issues of importance to New York's immigrant communities.
  • Builds immigrant voting power through our nationally recognized New Citizen Voter Registration Project, he largest voter registration project in New York State and the most successful initiative of its kind in the country.

Featured Stories and Campaigns


Immigrants Vote!

Since 1998 the Immigrants Vote! Campaign (IVC) has registered more than 400,000 voters and engaged 1.1 million voters. Our dramatically expanded 2017 ...

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