NPNA exists to leverage the collective capacity and resources of our member organizations and the communities they represent.
We align our programs to our policy and advocacy campaigns. NPNA’s programs focus on new American civic, economic, and linguistic integration.
Our programs build the capacity of immigrant organizations to provide quality, empowering services.
NPNA, with our partners at Citi Community Development, Center for Popular Democracy, and the Mayor’s Offices of New York, Chicago, and Los Angeles, has built the infrastructure of support for immigrant legal services in cities, counties, and municipalities through Cities for Citizenship (C4C). Through C4C, we have assisted over 60 municipal leaders to develop naturalization programs.
Stand Up to Hate is a national campaign promote citizenship and civic engagement among eligible immigrants. The campaign aims to redirect anger and fear related to the current political climate into a strategy to activate a latent immigrant voting block. Together, we’re standing up to hate with a promise to vote in November.
NPNA and member OneAmerica established English Innovations – an innovative English and digital literacy education program. The pilot launched in six host organizations, NPNA’s members in Michigan, Tennessee, Florida, Massachusetts, the D.C. Metro Area, and Arizona. Launched in 2015, English Innovations supported 32 DACA applicants who would not have otherwise been able to apply, graduated 177 students, and secured $3.5 million from the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation for the two year program.
NPNA has committed to building the infrastructure within allied labor organizations through the Union Citizenship Action Network (UCAN). Trainers and administrative relief coordinators (ARCs) travel to union locals to lead naturalization, DACA, and DAPA trainings. UCAN has trained 324 union leaders, staff and stewards, and assisted over 500 Union Food and Commercial Workers members.
NPNA trainings focus on developing the leadership of immigrant community leaders.
Community Navigators (or promotores) are community members who receive specialized training to provide quality immigration services for their communities. Community Navigators are liaisons between their community, legal service providers, social service organizations, and government representatives. They are often advocates, educators, mentors, and interpreters.
In the past two years, NPNA has trained over 8,900 Navigators to be on the front lines, educating their communities on their rights, strategies for deportation defense, and available forms of immigration relief. Navigators help us scale trusted information sharing and service delivery, and allow the limited supply of lawyers in the field to practice “at the top of their expertise.”
Facing a new political reality, NPNA is focused on protecting our communities across the country. We have built out our training program to include trainings on local legal defense fund models, working with local consulates and other partners, family preparation and planning, asset protection, and screening to identify other forms of relief. These additional trainings supplement our ongoing Know Your Rights, deportation defense, and naturalization work with Navigators.
NPNA aims to build the capacity of our member organizations to deliver community-driven legal services. Since our founding, the NPNA network has grown from five organizations with legal capacity to 26 with either Board of Immigration Appeals (BIA) Recognition or attorneys on staff. Another six groups are in the process of becoming BIA Recognized. NPNA also holds 40 hour immigration Law Trainings across the nation growing the legal service and training capacity across our regions.