Toolkits by The New Americans Campaign

ProBonoToolkitEngaging Pro Bono Attorneys in Naturalization Workshops

This toolkit was developed by OneJustice and the Immigrant Legal Resource Center, to help immigration services providers nationwide leverage the enthusiasm and skills of volunteer attorneys at naturalization workshops.1 It is designed to help organizations and collaborations carry out naturalization workshops that include pro bono attorneys as volunteers. The focus of this toolkit is pro bono attorneys who are not immigration attorneys, although many immigration attorneys also donate pro bono time. At the end of this toolkit are sample materials to supplement an organization’s existing tools or benefit organizations who are new to running naturalization workshops.

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Effective Models for Delivering Naturalization Services Using Citizenshipworks

This guide provides an overview of best practices and service delivery models for nonprofit partners who would like to use Citizenshipworks to implement more efficient, applicant-driven naturalization services in order to increase the number of applicants they serve and reduce costs. It also includes an overview of the Citizenshipworks mobile application.

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HSAToolkitA Case Study in Innovative Partnerships: How Human Services Agencies Can Help Increase Access to U.S. Citizenship

by Marion Coddou, Ph.D., Stanford University

Partnerships with local government can generate significant increases in the number of eligible lawful permanent residents (LPRs) who apply to become U.S. citizens. This case study of the New Americans Campaign’s unique partnership with human services agencies in three San Francisco Bay Area counties provides a roadmap for similar partnerships nationwide.

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Serving a Diversity of Applicants

ARToolkitLike American society at large, America’s LPRs are diverse. They come from over a hundred different countries; they live in rural, suburban, and urban locations; they have a wide range of literacy and education levels; and they speak hundreds of languages. NAC partners navigate applicants’ experiences and proficiencies as they provide naturalization services across the country. The best practices in this toolkit help partners serve a broad range of applicants while not sacrificing efficiency.

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Maintaining Momentum through Collaboration: Tips for NAC Partners Serving Naturalization and DACA/DAPA Applicants

ARToolkitMany partners in the New Americans Campaign who provide naturalization assistance to lawful permanent residents will expand their services to individuals eligible for the administrative relief programs announced by President Obama in 2014, including the expanded Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program and the new Deferred Action for Parents of Americans and Lawful Permanent Residents (DAPA) program. Naturalization application assistance is a critical element of immigrant integration and the core focus of the NAC. This document contains best practices for NAC partners to successfully maintain their naturalization work while also assisting DACA/DAPA clients. These specific recommendations come from NAC partners who have found success in their current or previous work with DACA and other immigration benefits.

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Using Volunteers in Naturalization Workshops
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Volunteers are a critical component of efficient naturalization service delivery, especially in group processing workshops, which the New Americans Campaign promotes. This toolkit provides recommendations for organizations on how to recruit, train, retain, and effectively use volunteers at group processing workshops.

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Pre-screening and Red Flags

RedFlagsToolkitThe New Americans Campaign provides a significant percentage of naturalization services through group processing workshops – events serving 10-600+ lawful permanent residents (LPRs) within a single day. This group approach is critical to the Campaign’s goal of significantly increasing the number of LPRs who complete their naturalization applications. It also serves as a foundation for other immigration service delivery, including future opportunities arising out of Comprehensive Immigration Reform. This toolkit provides recommendations for organizations on how to screen LPRs before a workshop for their eligibility to naturalize, as well as how to review the suitability of their case for assistance in a workshop setting.

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Characteristics of Successful Site Leaders

SLToolkitThe New Americans Campaign’s unique structure uses site leaders to lead the campaign in each community. This toolkit illuminates the characteristics of a successful site leader, so that collaborations can appropriately choose which organization, and which person within that organization, should serve as the local site leader.

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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