Colorado Immigrant Rights Coalition (CIRC) and Colorado Ya Es Hora
Colorado has approximately 100,000 legal permanent residents eligible for citizenship, who have not yet naturalized because of numerous barriers, including prohibitive costs, difficulty accessing legal services, and challenges navigating the process. The Colorado Ya Es Hora Citizenship campaign (YEH) is a partnership between the Colorado Immigrant Rights Coalition (CIRC), Mi Familia Vota Education Fund, SEIU Local 105, and Metropolitan Organizations for People (MOP).
Colorado YEH seeks to incorporate immigrants as full participants in the American political process through affordable, professional and trusted citizenship workshop services and education. The YEH campaign was founded in July of 2007 prior to the citizenship fee increase, and has since supported over 2,000 lawful permanent residents to apply for citizenship. In 2012, the Colorado YEH campaign will support at least 350 individuals to apply for naturalization, offer citizenship classes and train dozens of volunteers.
YEH works in partnership with the Colorado chapter of the American Immigration Lawyers Association (AILA) and Univision/Entravision to provide the following services at no cost:
- Public Service Announcements and information about the naturalization process
- Citizenship application assistance
- Legal review of applications by a volunteer attorney or accredited representative
Colorado YEH hosts all-day workshops in April for AILA Citizenship Day, in July to commemorate the 2007 campaign launch, and in September for National Citizenship Day. At the YEH workshops, eligible legal permanent residents receive high-quality citizenship assistance from volunteer attorneys, paralegals, interpreters and community members. The YEH workshops helps immigrant families who wouldn’t be able to afford the help of a private attorney and brings experienced legal help to areas where few citizenship assistance resources exist.
Find out more about CIRC and its citizenship program.
CIRC in the media:
Charmaine Robledo, “A Step Toward Citizenship,” The Denver Post, September 22, 2010