NICE co-sponsors policy briefing and report release event for "Bridging the Gap: Overcoming Barriers to Immigrant Financial Empowerment in Northwest Queens."
Based on 253 surveys collected by NICE, Chayya CDC, Queens Community House and the Community Development Project at Urban Justice Center, 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.