Partnership Celebrates AILA Citizenship Day with Clinics Nationwide
Several members of the National Partnership for New Americans held Citizenship Clinics with the help of the American Immigration Lawyers Association (AILA) on April 21—which was AILA's Citizenship Day 2012. Several Partners have been working with AILA for years, while others just started forming this partnership on the local level and were able to host successful clinics right off the bat.
On April 21, seven Partners hosted Citizenship Clinics—most with assistance from AILA—which are designed to assist lawful permanent residents ("green card" holders) who are interested in applying for U.S. citizenship.
Casa de Maryland hosted a successful Clinic in Langley Park with the aid of AILA. FLIC served over 100 people seeking citizenship with the help of over 30 dedicated volunteers (including AILA). MIRA also hosted a Clinic with AILA’s support and assistance. OneAmerica’s Washington New Americans Program hosted four separate highly-attended clinics throughout the state of Washington with the cooperation of AILA in Mount Vernon, Moses Lake, Tacoma, and Vancouver.
ICIRR hosted three clinics throughout the Chicago area offering free assistance with Citizenship applications—including legal screenings and referrals to ESL and Citizenship classes. Voces de la Frontera also hosted a Clinic in Milwaukee with over 40 volunteers offering their support. CHIRLA worked together with the National Association of Latino Elected and Appointed Officials (NALEO) to host a Citizenship Clinic via CHIRLA's Citizenship Project.
Packed training sessions in New York on March 28.
Other Partners hosted their Citizenship Clinics on April 28. NAKASEC held a volunteer training session and appreciation dinner on April 21 and a Clinic on April 28 that helped 64 people complete and send off their citizenship applications. CIRC hosted their April 28 Clinic with the backing of AILA and over 40 volunteers. In the end, over 110 applications were completed. Causa Oregon, with cooperation from the Human Rights Campaign (HRC) and Immigration Counseling Services (ICS), held a Citizenship Assistance Clinic at St. Matthews Episcopal Church in North East Portland on April 28. Approximately 40 people were assisted.
Beyond Clinics, the Partnership offers training services to the public as the New York Immigration Coalition did with several Board of Immigration Appeals (BIA) training sessions on March 28. The BIA, among other duties, handles applications for agency site recognition and agency staff/volunteer accreditation of non-lawyers to represent immigrants. These 40-hour virtual law training sessions averaged 40 people in attendance per session!