News from the Catholic Network
BIA R&A Updates:
- Member agency Catholic Charities of the Diocese of Raleigh’s Fayetteville, North Carolina received BIA recognition and partial BIA accreditation for Sara McCormick on 3/2/2016.
- Shashi Sharma, M.D., Board Member, of subscriber Saathi of Rochester, Inc. in New York obtained initial partial BIA accreditation on 2/3/16.
- Erin Fichter, Legal Representative, of member agency Catholic Charities Immigration Legal Assistance Services of Omaha, Nebraska renewed partial BIA accreditation on 2/5/2016.
- Patricia Carmona-Nieves, State Family Services Specialist, of subscriber Telamon Corporation sub office in Lansing, Michigan, obtained initial partial BIA accreditation on 3/2/2016.
- Karen X Gomez, Executive Director, of subscriberCentro Hispano Comunitario de Nebraska (CHCN) renewed partial BIA accreditation on 2/9/2016.
- Organization for the Legal Advancement of Raza (O.L.A. Raza) in Porterville, California
- Neighborhood Good Samaritan Center in Charlotte, North Carolina
- Harvest America Corporation in various cities across Kansas
CLINIC’s Center for Immigrant Integration seeks to encourage the development of immigrant integration initiatives through the creation of resources and trainings and the dissemination of best practices from CLINIC affiliate agencies. This month, the center has several new developments.
Announcing the Citizenship Navigators Program!
This project, funded by the Office of Refugee Resettlement, is for ORR grantees, including refugee resettlement agencies and mutual assistance associations. Learn more at the Citizenship Navigators webpage.
Citizenship Navigators receive:
- A hotline for answering questions about citizenship and BIA Recognition and Accreditation applications (Available now!)
- Trainings on citizenship and how to offer authorized legal immigration services (Available now!)
- Assistance for BIA Recognition and Accreditation applications (Available now!)
- Training materials on citizenship to use locally
- Access to a nationwide texting campaign providing information on citizenship to refugees and asylees.
Join us on a webinar to learn more about this exciting new program!
Introduction to the Citizenship Navigators Program on Tuesday, March 29 at 2-3 p.m. EDT
Catholic Charities of Santa Clara County offers the Tax EZ program through a partnership with local parishes. Learn more about this immigrant integration initiative in this month’s affiliate highlight.
Moving From Stranger to Neighbor: How to Incorporate Parish Volunteers into Newcomer Integration Initiatives on Thursday, March 31 at 2-3 p.m. EDT
In Part Two of our series on incorporating parish volunteers into immigration-related services, we focus on immigrant integration. It occurs most successfully at the local level, particularly because a community designs its response around the local and immediate needs. The positive effect a faith group can have on helping newcomers feel settled cannot be overstated. Welcoming the stranger is a basic tenet of many faiths, including Catholicism. But how do you do it? Staff from Catholic Charities USA, CLINIC, and the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops’ Department of Migration and Refugee Services will share best practices in motivating, coordinating, and sustaining parish volunteers committed to integrating refugees and other immigrants. Please contact Leya Speasmaker at email@example.com with questions.
- Jean Beil, vice president for programs and services, Catholic Charities USA;
- Daniel Sturm, research and evaluation manager, USCCB Migration and Refugee Services;
- Leya Speasmaker, integration program manager, CLINIC.
Leya Speasmaker, integration program manager, will be presenting at the 2016 Cambio De Colores event, held in Columbia, Missouri, June 8-10.
Cambio de Colores is a multistate conference about integration of immigrants in new destinations in the Midwest. This professional development opportunity will engages practitioners, researchers, and those working with immigrant communities in sharing experiences and knowledge that help the integration of immigrants in new settlement areas.
Opening Minds, Opening Doors, Opening Communities: Cities Leading for Immigrant Integration by: Manuel Pastor (CSII), Rhonda Ortiz (CSII), and Els de Graauw (Baruch College, the City University of New York)
In the absence of a coordinated effort at the federal level, U.S. cities and metropolitan areas are at the frontlines of the economic, social and civil integration of the foreign-born population. The report considers the efforts of municipal governments as well as civic and business leaders to defuse potential tension and capitalize on the considerable impact of immigrants in boosting the economic and civic vitality. The report identifies best practices and recommendations for other cities to follow by examining the origins, functions and goals of immigrant integration initiatives.