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For Immediate Release                                Contact:     Amanda Bosquez, abosquez@naleo.org  
March 11, 2013                                                                       (202) 546-2536, ext. 12, (361) 548-6989 (cell)

                                                                                               
                                                                                Paula Valle Castanon, pvalle@naleo.org
                                                                                                (213) 747-7606 ext. 4414, (323) 253-6431 (cell)
 
New York City Organizations Launch Local Effort to Pave Better Road to Citizenship for Legal Permanent Residents 
 
Advocates to hold week-long series of workshops that will provide legal permanent residents with citizenship services; More than 680,000 LPR’s are eligible to naturalize in NYC
 
New York, NY–In coordination with the New Americans Campaign, New York City legal service providers and nonprofit organizations today announced a free week-long series of naturalization events that will take place in locations throughout the city from March 16-23, 2013.

The free workshops offer participants the opportunity to receive pro-bono legal consultations, eligibility screenings, and civics and English study materials.  Several computer–based workshops will also feature the new award-winning CitizenshipWorks system, an online platform that allows service providers and volunteers to quickly guide aspiring citizens through the citizenship application process.
 
To date, the groups have hosted more than 44 workshops and clinics in New York City, providing over 8,000 citizenship consultations to legal permanent residents in the area.  According to estimates from the Department of Homeland Security, one million legal permanent residents are currently eligible to become citizens in the state of New York, including more than 680,000 in New York City alone.
 
The local launch is part of a groundbreaking effort to modernize and streamline access to naturalization services, so that greater numbers of legally qualified permanent residents take the critical step to becoming American citizens.  Participating New York City organizations are part of the New Americans Campaign’s national network of legal service providers, faith-based organizations, community leaders and foundations that are paving a better road to citizenship in eight cities across the country.
 
WHAT:  
Free Week-Long Series of New Americans Campaign—NYC Naturalization Events
 
WHEN:  
Workshops and sessions begin Saturday, March 16, 2013, and continue through Saturday, March 23, 2013.  Select events listed below.  A full calendar is available on the NALEO Educational Fund website here and at http://www.naleo.org/downloads/NAC_NYC_March_2013_Calendar.pdf.
 
Saturday, March 16th 
- 11:00 AM – 3:00 PM
Citizenship Application Assistance Workshop
Hermanas Mirabal Campus
21 Jumel Place (168th St. & Amsterdam Ave.)
New York, NY 10032
Hosted by Children’s Aid Society, Church World Service, Human Rights Campaign, NALEO Educational Fund, and Northern Manhattan Coalition for Immigrant Rights
 
Wednesday, March 20th - 6:30 PM – 8:00 PM
Citizenship Mock Interview & Information Session
Saint Bartholomew Saint Bartholomew’s Church, Heafy Hall
43-22 Ithaca Street
Elmhurst, NY 11373  
Hosted by Catholic Migration Services, NALEO Educational Fund and USCIS
 
Friday, March 22nd - 10:00 AM – 2:00 PM
Citizenship Application Assistance Workshop via CitizenshipWorks
Brooklyn Central Library, Info Commons
10 Grand Army Plaza
Brooklyn, NY 11238
Hosted by Brooklyn Central Library, Catholic Migration Services, CUNY Citizenship Now!, Immigration Advocates Networks, International Rescue Committee, NALEO Educational Fund, and Pro Bono Net
 
MEDIA AND ORGANIZATIONS:
To schedule an interview, please contact Amanda Bosquez (202-546-2536; abosquez@naleo.org) or Paula Valle Castanon (213-747-7606 ext. 4414; pvalle@naleo.org). 

Organizations interested in partnering with the New Americans Campaign can contact Julissa Gutierrez (917-406-4934; jgutierrez@naleo.org) for additional information.
 
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About the New Americans Campaign:
The New Americans Campaign is a groundbreaking national network of legal-service providers, faith-based organizations, businesses, foundations and community leaders that is paving a better road to citizenship. We are modernizing and streamlining access to naturalization services, so that greater numbers of legally qualified permanent residents take the critical step to becoming American citizens. We are currently driving a national, nonpartisan citizenship campaign throughout the country, focused on eight major cities with large numbers of citizenship-eligible residents.
 
Our campaign brings together over 80 organizations across the country including the following key funders who have made an unprecedented investment in supporting aspiring citizens: Carnegie Corporation of New York; The John S. and James L. Knight Foundation; Evelyn and Walter Haas, Jr. Fund; Grove Foundation, Open Society Foundations and The JPB Foundation.
 
Our partners in New York City include: Asian Americans for Equality, Catholic Migration Services, Church World Service, CUNY Citizenship Now!, International Rescue Committee, Make the Road New York, NALEO Educational Fund, New York Immigration Coalition and Northern Manhattan Coalition for Immigrant Rights.
 
For a complete list of partners and for more information, please visit www.newamericanscampaign.org.

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