In recent years, New York City’s immigrant communities have come under increasing threat. The Consortium for Worker
Education and our partners have responded with new and expanded Know Your Rights trainings, citizenship classes, legal aid, and other services. We have also worked with community organizations and unions to provide English classes to help immigrant New Yorkers
be safe at work and thrive in their communities. These programs are supported through funding from the New York City Council.
English Classes for Immigrant Rights
Each community has unique needs and CWE works with established community organizations to develop programs that
are tailored to meet those needs and have the greatest impact.
For example, in New York’s Ecuadorian community, many Green Card holders need support learning the particular English grammar and vocabulary necessary to traverse the citizenship process. The Ecuadorian Consulate reached out to Catholic Charities Community
Services for help providing an English and Citizenship class in Queens, and Catholic Charities turned to CWE for funding to support the program.
In Astoria, Queens, the ANSOB Center for Refugees has been supporting the diverse immigrant communities of Queens for close to 20 years with legal services, English classes, job placement programs, and assistance with citizenship applications. After relying
on volunteer instructors for English instruction, funding from CWE has allowed the ANSOB Center to hire teachers and make the classes more structured.
“We have Portuguese speakers, we have Spanish speakers, we have Arabic speakers, we have French speakers, we have Tibetan speakers,” says the
ANSOB Center’s Executive Director and co-founder, Cathleen Joyce.