Our Program Approach
NPNA exists to leverage the collective capacity and resources of our member organizations and the communities they represent.
Our members, the country’s largest and most powerful immigrant serving organizations, have fought on the front lines of the immigrant rights movement. Our strategy is to put immigrant organizations to the center of the national conversation about immigrant integration and build their capacity to deliver quality and empowering services by, with, and for new Americans.
We align our programs to our policy and advocacy campaigns. NPNA’s programs focus on new American civic, economic, and linguistic integration
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 9,400 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 developed the Community Navigator Training Program
in partnership with the Committee for Immigration Reform Implementation
Community Driven Legal Services
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.
Our programs build the capacity of immigrant organizations to provide quality, empowering services.
Following the September 5th announcement ending the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) Program and issuing the October 5th deadline for DACA Renewal Applications, NPNA, our members, and national partners quickly sprung into action and declared a “Red Alert” in our field and communications work.
The Naturalize NOW campaign is a nationally coordinated nonpartisan effort to encourage eligible legal permanent residents to take the first step in participating in America’s democracy by becoming a U.S. citizen. Through over 375 application assistance events, communications, outreach, and coordinated policy strategies, Naturalize NOW is expanding access to citizenship, civic engagement, and permanent protection for immigrant communities.
Cities for Citizenship
Cities for Citizenship is a major national initiative co-coordinated by NPNA, aimed at increasing citizenship among eligible U.S. permanent residents and encouraging cities across the country to invest in citizenship programs. It is chaired by New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio, Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel, and Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti. The C4C network is currently built up of 39 cities and counties across the U.S. and continues to expand to new municipalities. Learn more about what your city and county can do here. Contact Sarah Mesick of NPNA at email@example.com if you are interested in joining C4C.
Stand Up to Hate
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.
Union Citizenship Action Network
Now in its 11th year, NIIC is the largest conference on immigration in the U.S. and plays a central role in the powerful, diverse and broad immigrant and refugee rights and integration field. A core project of the National Partnership for New Americans (NPNA) and its member organizations—37 of the largest regional immigrant rights organizations in 31 states—NIIC convenes policymakers, academics, corporate and community leaders, researchers and practitioners, faith and labor leaders and funders from across the country. At the NIIC, the many different spokes of this field gather to develop relationships, build campaigns, amplify shared values, be inspired, build relationships, and share ideas, strategies, lessons learned and new information and innovations. It is an important space for leaders and organizations, and strengthens collaborations and partnerships that power work at the local, regional and national level. NIIC also encapsulates NPNA’s commitment to an inclusive democracy that welcomes, integrates and uplifts all refugees and immigrants, recognizing the vital contributions and impact they have on our nation. Each year, NPNA co-hosts the NIIC with member organizations in a different region of the country. The conference, which runs for three days, includes plenary sessions on the mainstage, over 30 break-out issue area track sessions, affinity group caucuses for informal networking and strategizing, film screenings, author talks, an Expo, and more.