City Council funding makes a difference for New York's immigrant families
Make the Road New York has partnered with CWE to provide Know Your Rights training
to thousands of immigrant New Yorkers.
Today, the City Council Committee on Immigration is holding its Executive Budget hearing. Since the Consortium for
Worker Education launched our Immigrant Protection Services program two years ago, City Council funding has been key to ensuring that our city’s immigrant families have the resources they need.
So far, CWE partners have trained 15,000 immigrant New Yorkers with a Know Your Rights curriculum. These workshops give immigrants the tools to protect themselves during immigration
enforcement in their neighborhood or workplace.
We urge the City Council to expand these services in this year’s budget, so we can provide Know Your Rights training to 7,500 more immigrant workers.
As CWE has built out our Immigrant Protection Services, we have partnered with established community organizations. Make the Road NY, Northern Manhattan Coalition for Immigrant Rights, Yemeni American Merchants Association, HANAC, and other partners know the
particular problems that residents of their communities are facing, and the hidden dangers that come with cookie-cutter solutions.
Northern Manhattan Coalition for Immigrant Rights worker center graduates.
Many of the Uptown residents that
Northern Manhattan Coalition for Immigrant Rights (NMCIR) serves are Dominican Americans who immigrated starting in the 1980s, primarily with Green Cards that granted them legal permanent
YAMA began discussions with CWE about an English as a Second Language (ESL) class last year.
“Within two weeks, we had 40 participants – all women in the Bronx – who wanted this,” says Dr. Debbie Almontaser, one of the organization’s founders. “When we started we didn’t even have furniture. They were sitting on the floor with notebooks. Once we had
funding from CWE, we could buy furniture, whiteboards, materials, and books.”
CWE and Make the Road travel to Masjid Al-Ridwan Islamic Center in the Bronx to
give an immigrant rights training to the mosque’s members.
The ANSOB Center for Refugees, based in Astoria,
assists refugees with English and citizenship classes. Funding from CWE is allowing ANSOB to increase the number of refugees it is assisting with immigration legal services, and provide job readiness, resume writing, and
job search training to the immigrant communities it serves.
CWE and Teamsters Local 272 provide immigrant rights training for union members.
CWE is also supporting New York unions who are working to defend their immigrant members.
Teamsters Joint Council 16 became a sanctuary union last year after one of its members was deported and has partnered with CWE to train members to know their rights during a raid. Because
union members are often on the front lines of protecting other immigrants, 1199 SEIU has developed a training manual to help its members champion immigrants’ healthcare access rights in the workplace.
To coordinate this work, CWE founded the Immigrant Protection Group with these community and labor partners. The organizations are able to share best practices, coordinate programming, and advise CWE on where immigrant services are most needed.
Our partners are having a real impact in New York’s vulnerable communities and we encourage the City Council to expand these services to 7,500 more New Yorkers through increased funding.