The National Partnership for New Americans (NPNA), Jones Day Law Firm and Cities for Citizenship (C4C) entered into a national partnership to launch the WE Lead Community Navigator Training Program to train Community Navigators, empower immigrant women and their communities, and expand immigration legal services.
This program has funded seven NPNA partners in seven cities with the goal to establish a replicable model for legal service and training partnerships between CBO’s, local law firms, municipal partners and local donors. NPNA works with participating partners to develop their programs, coordinate around national action, and elevate the profile of this program so that more cities and donors will adopt similar funded partnerships across the country.
The primary goal of this partnership is to empower immigrant women and their communities through training on immigration law and naturalization, financial literacy, leadership development, and expanded immigration legal services. Local partners – NPNA members, their local Jones Day office, and local city government – trains and develops a sustainable and committed volunteer team of Community Navigators and identify a small cohort of Navigators to participate in a Women’s Empowerment Program with mentors from their local Jones Day office.
The WE Lead program is a women’s empowerment training and workforce development initiative that trains immigrant women to be “Community Navigators” to provide community based immigration legal services in their communities; create new professional opportunities for immigrant women; develop leadership skills; and, build trusted community cohorts that support one another to pursue their professional goals. The WE Lead program expands and deepens the Community Navigator training model, which has trained over 10,000 Community Navigators across the country to provide immigration legal services and information such as Know Your Rights, Citizenship, Deportation Defense, and DACA.
WE Lead is a three-year partnership that will develop each year to grow the skills of Community Navigators, establish new relationships with local partners, identify local needs of immigrant communities, serve as a model for other cities and fundraise to create a sustainable program.
Michigan United – Detroit, Michigan
I decided to become a WE Lead Navigator because I aspire to be on the front lines of positive change for my immigrant community. I know what it is like to need help, therefore it is with great happiness and understanding that I lend a helping hand. Too often, the immigrant community consults with attorneys who lack personal experience in the very issues for which they advocate. I am uniquely positioned to be responsive to this sensitive issue because there are no better advocates than those who are living this urgency every day. I know how unjust immigration laws are and I do not want anyone to go through what I, and millions of others, have gone through. I am living the injustice that I am trying to change. Therefore, I am pursuing a legal education because I want to be the lawyer I wish I had.
CHIRLA DOJ Accredited Representative
Coalition for Humane Immigrant Rights (CHIRLA) – Los Angeles, California
Bethzy Garcia was born and raised in Mexico. She came to the United States at age 15. She is the first in her family to finish high school, graduate from college and attend graduate school. Bethzy graduated from California State University, Northridge with a Bachelor’s Degree in Psychology and a Master’s Degree in Educational Psychology. Working for CHIRLA gave Bethzy the opportunity to help thousands of Dreamers to apply for DACA. Bethzy is currently working on her College Counseling certificate at UCLA in order to better help the student population that she works with. As an immigrant, Bethzy understands the struggle that many undocumented and first generation students endure while attending school. Bethzy joined CHIRLA because she believes in giving back to the community and helping others to accomplish their dreams.