CARECEN'S CITIZENSHIP BLOG

Volunteer and New Citizen Spotlight

Enrique Campusano German is originally from the Dominican Republic. He was very involved in his community before he left for the United States. He has been sending money back for community development since he left and has single handedly created a baseball program for Dominican youth. He had applied for citizenship in English in the […]

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2016 Year in Citizenship

In 2016, the CARECEN citizenship program served 536 different clients from a diverse variety of backgrounds.  In 2016, our program: conducted 454 naturalization eligibility screenings filed 239 applications for citizenship (Form N-400) registered 118 new voters And conducted outreach presentations and citizenship information sessions all over the DMV! CARECEN served clients from all throughout the Washington […]

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Summer Citizenship Intern Reflections

This summer, our Citizenship and Civic Participation (CCP) department had four interns who experienced the daily workings of the program and what we do here for the Latino community of immigrants in Columbia Heights. Shea Christian, Caroline James, Camila Salvador, and Briggitte Suastegui worked on curriculum development, individual tutoring for the citizenship test, citizenship class […]

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40 Years of Marriage and 1 Day of Citizenship

“The citizenship test is like marriage… both requires comprehension.  In marriage, you have to work to understand your partner.  Of course, on the test you have to understand English “ I had asked the two whether the citizenship test or 40 years of marriage was more challenging.  As his wife finished answering, Augurio shot her […]

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Citizenship Volunteer Teacher Receives Community Empowerment Award

Every year, the Community Empowerment Award is given by CARECEN to recognize the accomplishments of an outstanding community and organizational leader.  Through their contributions to CARECEN and its mission to foster the comprehensive development of the Latino population in the Washington metropolitan region, they have helped CARECEN to succeed in strengthening both the immigrant community […]

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Citizenship Students’ Journey Through History

By:  Stefanie Moran and Emma Israel, Summer Citizenship Interns Each session, the students of CARECEN’s citizenship classes get the chance to leave the classroom behind and have a day’s lesson exploring the nation’s capital. This time around, that opportunity landed on a 95 degree Saturday in June. But the prospect of a full day worth […]

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CARECEN Welcomes New Citizenship Specialist

By Ana Negoescu, CARECEN Last month CARECEN’s citizenship team grew after we welcomed Stephanie Lopez, our new Citizenship Specialist. Stephanie is currently providing paralegal assistance to our legal team in the area of naturalization and supporting brief services. In January she will begin required training and take the necessary steps for becoming our second Board of Immigration […]

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CARECEN and the National Immigration Forum Partner on New American Workforce

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 […]

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Dreams that Refuse to be Deferred

By Irene Koo, CARECEN Summer Citizenship and Civic Engagement intern This summer, I had the privilege of interning with CARECEN as part of the Citizenship and Civic Engagement program focused on education and empowerment. I write these words a few months out and many miles away, but I find that my experience with CARECEN has […]

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Reflections of a CARECEN volunteer: Freshman Service Experience

by: Samantha Ewing, American University Freshman “Starting my first year at American University, I prepared myself all summer for the experience of a lifetime. Along the way I was given all the usual sentiments of pride, and advice about college every student receives when embarking on this next chapter in life. I was told to expect […]

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