CLINIC has accepted a new subscriber, UNO Federation Community Services, Inc. in Clearwater, Florida. Ralph A. Emmanuelli, Executive Director lists staff William Sanchez and Luiz Irizarry.
CLINIC congratulates program staff and member agencies on receiving BIA accreditation and agency recognition.
Catholic Charities of the Diocese of Monterey, San Luis Obispo, California, received agency recognition from the Board of Immigration Appeals Recognition and staff Alondra Ortiz received partial accreditation on 11-25-14.
By Jen Riddle
Immigrant integration takes place in communities all over the country in a variety of ways. Each organization and each community makes decisions to pursue and promote integration in ways they believe will be most successful in their local area. CLINIC has highlighted some diverse integration programming options taking place at our member agencies.
Citizenship test preparation classes are the perfect complement to legal services in helping immigrants become United States citizens. Services for citizenship can range broadly, from basic classes and conversations with mentors, to extensive preparatory mock interviews. The following model programs, tools, and trainings provide resources for immigrant legal services and integration programs aiming to expand their services. The Outside Resources section also includes some links to helpful materials produced by other organizations.
Attaining English language skills is a vital step in the progress of immigrants’ integration efforts. Through English as a Second Language (ESL) classes, immigrants can get higher paying jobs, increase their civic engagement and reach a higher level or financial security,in addition to achieving increased independence in their everyday lives. The following model programs highlight the important work being done by CLINIC affiliates in educating English Language Learners (ELLs). Provided tools and training resources can assist organizations in starting their own ESL classes.