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Bridging the Gap: Overcoming Barriers to Immigrant Financial Empowerment

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On February 25th, NICE and our partners at Chayya CDC, Queens Community House and the Community Development Project at Urban Justice Center held a policy briefing and report release event to release our report, Bridging the Gap: Overcoming Barriers to Immigrant Financial Empowerment in Northwest Queens. Based on 253 surveys collected by the community based partner groups, the report highlights the main barriers immigrants in Northwest Queens face in accessing mainstream financial institutions. It also provides concrete recommendations for how policy makers and financial institutions can improve financial empowerment and access for immigrant communities in Queens and across New York City.

The findings were presented to over 80 attendees at CUNY’s Murphy Institute at the end of February. We were joined by Nisha Agarwal of the Mayor’s Office of Immigrant Affairs and Mayur Saxena of the Civil Rights Bureau of the NY State Attorney General’s office. The event also included a panel of experts, among them: Jaime Weisberg, Association for Neighborhood & Housing Development, Inc.; Deyanira Del Rio, New Economy Project; Nancy Castillo, Center for Financial Services Innovation; and Linda Levy, Lower East Side People’s Federal Credit Union. The event was moderated by Seema Agnani of National Coalition for Asian Pacific American Community Development.

You can see the press coverage of the event here:

Daily News | El Diario Queens | Latino Queens |Times Ledger | Univision

 

NICE member’s Op-ED on International Women’s Day

Zenaida, local Queens resident and one of our English class students, wrote this op-ed as part of NICE’s efforts to expand immigrant rights. She calls on Governor Cuomo to use his influence with state governors, to urge them to drop the suit against DAPA and allow half a million immigrants with American-born children to live freely and without fear of deportation in the U.S.

Celebremos el Día de la Mujer como debe ser

Le pedimos a nuestro Gobernador Andrew Cuomo que exija a sus homólogos en otros estados que abandonen la demanda legal en contra de el DAPA, destaca activista

Hoy domingo es el Día Internacional de la Mujer y las mujeres en la ciudad de Nueva York y en el resto del país estamos celebrándolo con una petición hacia nuestros respectivos gobernadores para que trabajen a favor de nosotras. ¿Cómo? Le pedimos a nuestro Gobernador Andrew Cuomo que exija a sus homólogos en otros estados que abandonen la demanda legal en contra de los programas de Acción Diferida para Padres (DAPA). Este programa es parte de la acción reciente del Presidente Obama que de implementarse haría posible que millones de mujeres inmigrantes como yo podamos salir de las sombras y finalmente vivir sin miedo de ser deportadas y con permiso de trabajo.

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NICE Releases Graphic Novel to Educate Immigrants about Employment Agency Fraud

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Ana Busca Trabajo (Download-PDF)

This morning, New Immigrant Community Empowerment (NICE), a community-based organization in Jackson Heights, Queens, is releasing online its second novela gráfica, entitled Ana Busca Trabajo (Ana Looks for Work) on the NICE website.  You can download the full copy here.

Starting Monday, November 10, 4,000 copies of Ana Busca Trabajo will reach job seekers across New York through 15 different distribution sites across the 5 boroughs, Long Island, and Westchester County.  The organizations involved (listed below) are all part of the Justice for Job Seekers campaign, a coalition of 31 organizations working together to reform New York employment agency laws to end fraudulent and predatory practices.

Additionally, NYC’s largest Spanish language daily, El Diario, will feature the complete novela in their printed edition on Wednesday, November 12th.   

The graphic novel aims to educate the community about employment agency fraud, how to detect it and what to do if they fall prey to an agency’s predatory practices.  The story is told as a “novela gráfica,” or graphic novel, a popular education tool widely used throughout Latin America and in Latino communities in the United States.

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