Programs

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We align our programs to our policy and advocacy campaigns. NPNA's programs focus on new American civic, economic, and linguistic integration.

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DACA Renewals

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.

Naturalize NOW
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 sarah@partnershipfornewamericans.org 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.

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English Innovations

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.

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Union Citizenship Action Network

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.

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NIIC 2018

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.

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Community Navigators

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.

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DACA Renewals

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.

Within days of the announcement, NPNA supported our members and partners on the ground through the creation of public education materials and capacity-building tools to support organizations in driving their own on-the-ground DACA workshops. NPNA led a webinar with 387 people in attendance, sharing how different organizations, pro-bono attorneys, municipal governments and grassroots leaders can support DACA recipients to apply for renewal before the deadline. Since the announcement, NPNA members have organized over 200 DACA Renewals workshops across the country.

That same week, NPNA sent a letter to the administration calling for an extension of the October 5th deadline, calling the deadline “arbitrary, unworkable and cruel." The following week, NPNA joined with United We Dream, America’s Voice, the Fair Immigration Reform Movement (FIRM), Make the Road New York, and National Immigration Law Center (NILC) in developing a sign on letter inviting organizations and individuals to join the effort to push the deadline. Last week, NPNA joined with CEO’s of the American Business Immigration Coalition and Illinois Business Immigration Coalition in a third sign on letter calling for an extension again.

Click below to view our community resources and advocacy work:

NPNA DACA Renewals Workshop Toolkit

NPNA letter sent to DHS

Sign on letter

NPNA - Business Sign on letter

The Washington Post story covering the DACA 'race against time' by NPNA and our colleagues

Los Angeles Times story featuring NPNA member organization, the Coalition for Humane Immigrant Rights of Los Angeles (CHIRLA)

Naturalize NOW

“One Million Citizens by 2020,’ is a nationwide effort to encourage new Americans who are eligible to naturalize and to do so now before time runs out to vote in 2020.

 

Processing times for citizens applications have doubled to average over a year nationwide with delays of over 30 months in some USCIS offices, according to a new NPNA report released today.

 

Processing delays are so long in some regions that eligible immigrants who have already applied risk not being processed, naturalized, and then having the ability to register to vote in time for the Presidential election of 2020.

 

This risk already exists in Miami, FL; Atlanta, GA; Houston, TX; Fort Myers, FL; Fort Smith, AR; Dallas, TX; Memphis, TN; Minneapolis-St. Paul, MN; Montgomery, AL; Newark, NJ; New Orleans, LA; New York City, NY; Oakland Park, FL; Orlando, FL; Philadelphia, PA; Queens, NY; Reno, NV; and Washington, D.C., and will arise in other regions as the year progresses.

 

We will conduct education and outreach and launch a record number of citizenship clinics encouraging lawful permanent residents (LPRs) who qualify to apply now in order for the applications to move through the sluggish bureaucratic process.

 

This effort will take every one of us who believe in the right of New Americans to receive equal and fair treatment from USCIS and for new citizens to exercise their right to vote. We must stand strong against the Second Wall that wants to keep eligible immigrants from fully participating in this nation’s democracy. Please echo our message using our social media toolkit with suggested posts.

 

Will you participate? If so, please add your naturalization event HERE.

 

Tear Down the 2nd Wall - #OneMillionBy2020” Campaign

Growing List of Events

FEBRUARY 2nd

Colorado

  • Denver, CO: Colorado Is Home: Ready to Become a US Citizen? Our free CITIZENSHIP WORKSHOPS will help you save over $1,000
    • Lead Partners: Colorado Immigrant Rights Coalition, Mi Familia Vota, The City of Denver
    • Time: 9:00 AM - 4:00 PM
    • Address: Abraham Lincoln High School, 2285 S Federal Blvd, Denver, CO 80219
    • Main Contact: Claudia Castillo, claudia@coloradoimmigrant.org, 303-922-3344

FEBRUARY 16th

Florida

  • Lauderhill, FL: Citizenship Workshop
    • Lead Partners: Florida Immigrant Coalition
    • Time: 10:00 AM
    • Address: 1267 FL-7, Lauderhill, FL 33313
    • Main Contact: Roberto Benavides, roberto@floridaimmigrant.org, 305-571-7254

FEBRUARY 17th

Florida

  • Lauderhill, FL: Citizenship Workshop
    • Lead Partners: Florida Immigrant Coalition
    • Time: 10:00 AM
    • Address: 1267 FL-7, Lauderhill, FL 33313
    • Main Contact: Roberto Benavides, roberto@floridaimmigrant.org, 305-571-7254

FEBRUARY 20th

Alabama

  • Birmingham, AL: Citizenship Workshop
    • Lead Partners: The Hispanic Interest Coalition of Alabama (¡HICA!)
    • Time: 5:00 PM - 7:00 PM
    • Address: 117 Southcrest Dr. Birmingham AL 35209
    • Main Contact: Elizabeth Benitez, ebenitez@hispanicinterest.org

FEBRUARY 23rd

California

  • San Francisco, CA: Free Citizenship Workshop & Fee Waiver Assistance
    • Lead Partners: City of San Francisco Office of Civic Engagement and Immigrant Affairs, San Francisco Pathways to Citizenship Initiative
    • Time: 9:00 AM - 12:30 PM - No Appointment Needed!
    • Address: City College of San Francisco, 50 Frida Kahlo Way, San Francisco, 94112
    • Main Contact: https://sfcitizenship.org/free-citizenship-workshops/

FEBRUARY 26th

Tennessee

  • Nashville, TN: Naturalization Info Session
    • Lead Partners: Tennessee Immigrant and Refugee Rights Coalition
    • Time: 6:00 PM
    • Address: 2195 Nolensville Pike Nashville TN 37211
    • Main Contact: Nancy Quinones, nancy@tnimmigrant.org

MARCH 2nd

New Mexico

  • Albuquerque, NM: Citizenship and Civic Engagement Workshop: Naturalization workshop and press conference
    • Lead Partners: EL CENTRO de Igualdad y Derechos,  New Mexico Immigrant Law Center, Local Elected Officials
    • Time: 9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
    • Address: 1240 Bellamah Ave NW, Albuquerque, NM 87104
    • Main Contact: Vanessa, Gonzalez, vgonzalez@nmilc.org

MARCH 9th

Tennessee

  • Nashville, TN: Naturalization Application Assistance Legal Clinic
    • Lead Partners: Tennessee Immigrant and Refugee Rights Coalition
    • Time: 10:00 AM
    • Address: Hillcrest United Methodist Church 5112 Raywood Lane, Nashville, TN 37211
    • Main Contact: Nancy Quinones, nancy@tnimmigrant.org

MARCH 16th

Florida

  • Lauderhill, FL: Citizenship MEGA Workshop
    • Lead Partners: Florida Immigrant Coalition
    • Time: 10:00 AM
    • Address: 1267 FL-7, Lauderhill, FL 33313
    • Main Contact: Roberto Benavides, roberto@floridaimmigrant.org, 305-571-7254

Tennessee

  • Nashville, TN: Naturalization Info Session
    • Lead Partners: Tennessee Immigrant and Refugee Rights Coalition & City of Nashville
    • Time: 10:00 AM
    • Address: Southeast Community Center 5260 Hickory Hollow Pkwy #202, Antioch, TN 37013
    • Main Contact: Nancy Quinones, nancy@tnimmigrant.org

MARCH 17th

Florida

  • Lauderhill, FL: Citizenship Workshop
    • Lead Partners: Florida Immigrant Coalition
    • Time: 10:00 AM
    • Address: 1267 FL-7, Lauderhill, FL 33313
    • Main Contact: Roberto Benavides, roberto@floridaimmigrant.org, 305-571-7254

MARCH 23rd

Texas

  • Dallas, TX: Mega Citizenship Workshop
    • Lead Partners: City of Dallas, Office of Welcoming Communities and Immigrant Affairs
    • Time: 8:00 AM
    • Address: Cardinal Farrell Community Center (at Santa Clara Catholic Parish) 321 Calumet Ave. Dallas, TX  75211
  • Main Contact: (214) 671-5087, yolanda.ramirez@dallascityhall.com

Join the almost one million people who become American citizens every year. This is our country. Become a U.S. citizen. #NaturalizeNow pic.twitter.com/yuPdjjxMFW

— iAmerica (@iAmericaorg) September 20, 2017

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