Florida Immigration Coalition (FLIC)
The Florida Immigrant Coalition (FLIC), a member of the National Partnership for New Americans, is launching its first citizenship program in the sunshine state, aiming to provide opportunities of full integration for South Florida’s Haitian community.
Our goal is to advance immigrant rights and create active citizenship among New Americans in order to achieve a vibrant, just, and welcoming democracy for all.
By 2008, there were about 230,000 Haitian lawful permanent residents (LPRs) in the United States, roughly 2% of total LPRs, with over 11,000 Haitian immigrants becoming LPRs each year in the state of Florida. Over 60% of Haitian LPRs were eligible to naturalize as of January 2008. Considering that South Florida is home to nearly 47% of the Haitian-born population that lives in the entire country, it is important to focus on this sector of the population in order to advance their rights in the country they now call home.
Our program is called Libete ak Egalité (Liberty and Equality) to recall shared values for both the American and the Haitian cultures.
What is our goal?
In 2012, our goal is to aid 300 qualified LPRs in their application for the naturalization process. FLIC will help them submit their applications, get access to English and civic classes needed to pass the citizenship test, and prep the for the final interview.
How will we achieve it?
With the support of 50 volunteers, interpreters, BIA accredited paralegals, law students, and lawyers we will:
- Conduct outreach to 5,000 LPRs in South Florida
- Hold five Citizenship Clinics where eligible LPRs will be guided through the application, fill out and submit their N-400, and be given follow-up on the next steps of their application process
- Host citizenship classes for 150 individuals through partner organizations
- Set up a pilot citizenship helpline with the capacity to serve 500 individuals
Find out more about FLIC's Florida New Americans Program.