Naturalization Services and Mexican Consulates: Partnering to Serve the Community

Webinar from October 14, 2015

This webinar brings together consulate staff as well as New Americans Campaign members and other non-profit naturalization practitioners to discuss how partnering together can benefit lawful permanent residents and other members of the community. It gives specifics about the services that each group provides, and examples of how Mexican consulates and NAC partners are currently working together to provide naturalization help in two US cities.

Presenters:

  • Julian Escutia-Rodriguez, head of the Consular Coordination and Hispanic Affairs Section at the Embassy of Mexico
  • Melissa Rodgers, Director of Programs at the Immigrant Legal Resource Center and Project Director for the New Americans Campaign
  • Elisa Sequeira, National Director of Civic Engagement Programs at NALEO Educational Fund
  • Alexia Núñez, Consul for Community Affairs at the New York City Consulate of Mexico, and Andrés Lemons, Staff Attorney at CUNY Citizenship Now! in New York, NY
  • Alex Triantaphyllis, Director of Immigration and Economic Opportunity at Neighborhood Centers in Houston, TX

Click here for slides. The recorded webinar is below.

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