New Americans Campaign Partners Unite for Citizenship in San Francisco

Earlier this month, more than 225 New Americans Campaign partners from across the country convened in San Francisco for the annual United for Citizenship Practitioners Conference. The conference, held Aug. 3-5, provided local partners the opportunity to share best practices, network with other practitioners and volunteer at a large citizenship workshop.

“The New Americans Campaign celebrated its fifth anniversary last month and this year’s conference underscored just how much our national network has grown to include more partners and best practices,” said Melissa Rodgers, director of programs at the Immigrant Legal Resource Center and the director of the New Americans Campaign. “The Campaign has an immense amount of expertise to harness because we’ve refined our work over the last five years. Today, our partners are able to serve more than twice as many citizenship applicants now compared to when we first started. This year’s conference served as a special opportunity for us to celebrate our joint mission that is far greater than what any of our organizations can achieve individually.”

Here are the highlights from this special event.

United for Citizenship Conference Statistics 2016

The conference culminated in a large six-hour workshop on Saturday at the SEIU Local 87 office where the San Francisco Pathways to Citizenship Initiative and Campaign partners from across the country provided free citizenship services in eight different languages to over 235 aspiring new Americans. More than 60 partners volunteered their time to register applicants and assist with the various components of the citizenship application. 140 green card holders left the workshop ready to file their naturalization paperwork.

Full room of citizenship applicants at the mega workshop on Sat., Aug. 6 Campaign partners who volunteered at the workshop receive training
Volunteers helped aspiring new Americans complete their citizenship applications Applicants worked with Campaign partners to complete citizenship forms

 

Posted on August 18, 2016

Our Impact

  • The Campaign has completed over 3,700 naturalization workshops and clinics.
  • Over 250,000 citizenship applications completed since July 2011.

    Saved aspiring citizens and their families over $206million in legal and application fees.
  • Adopted scalable technology. MP3 players, Google Voice, and Virtual Private Network (VPN) services are being used to enhance naturalization service delivery.
  • Expanded New American Workforce (an effort to provide naturalization assistance within corporations) which has partnered with over 100 businesses across the nation, ranging from hotels in Miami to American Apparel in Los Angeles.
  • Deployed Citizenshipworks, an online tool, across the Campaign in multiple settings and languages. A newly redesigned platform guides applicants through through their citizenship application from start to finish and connects applicants to legal help at partnering non-profits.
  • Were instrumental in inspiring the US Citizenship and Immigration Service to support the Citizenship Corners initiative.
  • Created innovative partnerships with public libraries, school districts, universities, social service agencies, and employers, all of which yield not only greater numbers of applicants but also greater awareness of the naturalization process.
  • Deployed a large-scale volunteer recruitment program through an e-learning course.

    Reached diverse communities. Local partners consistently outreach and provide culturally competent and language-appropriate services.
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Impact Report.

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Who We're Helping

People come to America from all over the world with dreams of achieving a better life for themselves and their families and calling this great nation home. Eight million people who live, work, and pay taxes in this country are eligible for citizenship, yet only about eight percent of them naturalize each year. Find out more about these individuals and the barriers they face.Read More

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