By Ana Negoescu, CARECEN
Specifically, CARECEN and the Forum work together to engage with local businesses and assist their employees in obtaining U.S. citizenship if they are eligible. This occurs through a series of outreach events, workshops, consultations, legal representation and civics instruction developed and implemented by both organizations and additional partners, as recruited by the Forum. The Forum leads all the business outreach, prepares these events, and follows up with employees as appropriate. CARECEN then offers citizenship services on the worksite, and aid in the follow up with employees.
For over 30 years, the Forum has worked to advance sound federal immigration solutions through its policy expertise, communications outreach and coalition building work, which forges powerful alliances of diverse constituencies across the country to build consensus on the important role of immigrants in America.
On October 7, CARECEN and the forum held their first collaborative citizenship informational session at Doctors Community Hospital, in Lanham, Maryland. Around 20 Lawful Permanent Residents, who were hospital employees, attended and learned about eligibility requirements, the naturalization process, and the citizenship loan we offer through Acceso Credit Union. Next steps include individual screenings of those who are interested to pursue naturalization, and a citizenship application preparation workshop on November 20th.
We look forward to more informational sessions and workshops to serve more workers and their employers and thus redefine the “New American Workforce”.