Tag Archives: USA
By anne | Published: March 6, 2012
Author: David Bacon Date: February 18, 2012 Source: Truthout Two hundred immigrant workers, their wives, husbands, children, and hundreds of supporters marched through downtown Berkeley February 17, protesting their firing from Pacific Steel Castings. The company is one of the city’s biggest employers, and the largest steel foundry west of the Mississippi River. Starting at City [...]
By anne | Published: March 6, 2012
Author: David Bacon Date: February 21, 2012 Source: In These Times, Website edition http://www.inthesetimes.com/article/12775/seattle_port_strike_challenges_independent_contractor_lie Truck drivers in the Puget Sound shut down ports for two weeks-and begin to shift the balance of power. Abdulkader Ali asks a driver to join the strike. SEATTLE-Employers say they’re “independent contractors.” Drivers call that a legal trick to deny [...]
By anne | Published: February 7, 2012
Author: David Bacon Date: January 2012 Source: Monthly Review Press One sign carried in almost every May Day march of the last few years in the United States says it all: “We are Workers, not Criminals!” Often it was held in the calloused hands of men and women who looked as though they’d just come [...]
By anne | Published: October 13, 2011
At the heart and soul of SHINE, is the belief that communities of all ages and cultures where all members engage in meaningful roles that contribute to the growth, knowledge and wisdom of each member are strong, healthy and sustainable communities.
By anne | Published: June 28, 2011
The Trafficking in Persons Report reports on the efforts of governments to combat severe forms of trafficking in persons. It represents an updated, global look at the nature and scope of trafficking in persons and the broad range of government actions to confront and eliminate it.
Developed through collaboration between NLC’s Democratic Governance project and its Municipal Action for Immigrant Integration program, Civic Engagement and Recent Immigrant Communities provides local officials and other community leaders with a planning and discussion guide for how to start immigrant integration initiatives.
The first issue in the National League of Cities’ Municipal Action for Immigrant Integration American Cities Series, Municipal Innovations in Immigrant Integration: Indianapolis Model, 2000-2007 examines in depth the case study of Indianapolis, Indiana and its efforts to integrate its Latino population.
The Mayor’s Office of Immigrant Affairs (MOIA) works with immigrants, community-based organizations and city government agencies to promote the well-being of immigrant communities. The office recommends policies and programs that facilitate successful integration of recent immigrants and uses outreach to get important information about these programs to immigrant communities. It has been successful in identifying city services that are accessible to immigrants, arranging meetings and conversations between city officials and community leaders and identifying the best outreach strategies to immigrant communities.
The second issue in the National League of Cities’ Municipal Action for Immigrant Integration American Cities Series, Municipal Innovations in Immigrant Integration: 20 Cities, 20 Good Practices features twenty of the most innovative US cities in the area of immigrant integration. These cities are diverse, ranging in size and geographic location. Yet, each highlights good examples of immigrant integration programs, whether through public-private partnerships, advisory initiatives, or action-oriented programs.
Starting on May 22, 2010, all Princeton Township residents became eligible to obtain the Princeton Community ID Card. Each ID card shows personal identification information, medical risk factors, and emergency contact information for the cardholder. This card extends recognition to traditionally excluded members of the community and allows them access to basic services. Yet, the program benefits the entire Princeton community by facilitating the work of law enforcement with police, fire, and EMS personnel now having contact information for anyone who requires assistance despite injury or language barriers.
In 2001, Houston established the Mayor’s Office of Immigrant and Refugee Affairs (MOIRA) to address the city’s increasing diversity. MOIRA works to provide immigration assistance and facilitate immigrant integration. The office advises the mayor on immigration issues, provides the public with information concerning immigration, acts as the city liaison with its immigrant communities, publishes multi-lingual brochures for immigrants and refugees, and supports immigrant community based organizations in Houston.
In 2004, the City of Richmond created the Hispanic Liaison Office in response to this demographic growth. The Hispanic Liaison Office improves access to city and community services; promotes community information, education and citizen participation; and supports city agencies in developing the capacity to interact, communicate and serve the city’s diverse community. The Hispanic Liaison Office also promotes diversity within the city by sponsoring the Imagine Festival, which highlights Richmond’s diverse community and public safety, as well as by supporting the outdoor ¿Qué Pasa? Festival of Virginia, one of the largest Latino festivals in the state and in the southern United States.
The Mayor’s Office on Latino Affairs (OLA) has served the Latino community since 1976. The office works with the local government and community organizations to learn and be able to inform the Latino community about the different city services available to them. OLA serves as the mayor’s liaison on issues concerning the Latino community. It also provides partnership and outreach services to DC’s Latino residents through its Community Relations and Outreach Program. This program disseminates information and educational services to Latino residents and fosters community partnerships to gather information and design better programs to serve the Latino community.
The Littleton Immigrant Integration Initiative (LI3) first appeared in 2003 with the goal of integrating all international newcomers into the Littleton community. Alongside this Initiative, the Littleton government also created the Littleton Immigrant Resource Center, which in 2009 merged with LI3. LI3 works to create a community in which all people feel like they belong by supporting services and programs for local immigrant families, bridging language and cultural differences through cultural and informational events, developing a committed donor and volunteer base and initiating fundraising opportunities. LI3 is always looking to fund new immigrant projects and initiatives.
The Office of Civic Engagement & Immigrant Affairs (OCEIA) promotes civic participation of all San Francisco’s residents and seeks to bridge linguistic and cultural barriers to ensure that these residents have equal access to critical city services. Several initiatives include the Equal Access to Language Services Ordinance; the City and County of Refugee Ordinance; the Immigrant Rights Commission; the Day Laborers Program; and the SF City ID Card.
In late January 2010, U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) Director Alejandro Mayorkas and Mayor Villaraigosa announced a new partnership to promote citizenship and strengthen immigrant integration efforts in Los Angeles, one of the most diverse cities in the country. This new partnership between local and federal officials was launched as a pilot program that will remain in effect for two years. Immigrant residents in Los Angeles have access to free citizenship information sessions; naturalization workshops; USCIS educational materials highlighting the U.S. citizenship and the naturalization process; and targeted outreach to increase awareness of citizenship rights and responsibilities.
The Immigrant Advisory Committee to the City Manager was developed in 2006 to encourage immigrant involvement in the city government and to advise the city on issues relating to the immigrant community. The committee serves in an advisory capacity to the city manager in developing policies and services for the immigrant community. The committee likewise encourages the immigrant community to access these city benefits, opportunities and services.
The Office of Human Relations of Santa Clara County has an Immigrant Relations and Integration Services (IRIS) office that promotes the full inclusion of immigrants in Santa Clara County and works on projects that promote positive immigrant relations and integration services. IRIS strives to improve the lives of immigrants and all residents by recognizing and appreciating the contributions of immigrants, educating all county residents about the backgrounds of and challenges affecting immigrants and fostering a multicultural community.
In late 2008, Skokie hosted an International Leadership Academy for immigrant residents who wanted to learn about taking on greater community leadership roles through volunteerism, service on a board or commission or as an elected official. With funding from the Chicago Community Trust, this two-part event included sessions on leadership throughout American history; understanding state and federal government systems; serving as a volunteer, appointed official or elected official; and the etiquette, protocol and art of negotiation.
H.A.N.D.S. (Helping All Nationalities Diversify Society) Across Chattanooga is an outreach program established in 2010 by the City of Chattanooga’s Office of Multicultural Affairs. While the Office of Multicultural Affairs has a broad focus of eliminating discrimination against all citizens due to race, religion, national origin, age, sex, disability and ethnicity, H.A.N.D.S. is a smaller program that fights discrimination due to national origin only and works to integrate immigrants into the city. H.A.N.D.S. brings together international newcomers with local agencies and service providers to help these new residents become more acclimated to the community.
Created in 2002, Columbus’s New American Initiative tries to create solutions to the challenges facing new immigrants. The initiative has several broad goals: Increase immigrant access to city services; provide fair resource distribution to all city residents; empower new arrivals towards self-sufficiency; and enhance activities that foster greater appreciation for diverse cultures.
Philadelphia’s Commission on African and Caribbean Immigrant Affairs formalizes relationships between the city and immigrant communities to enrich the diversity of the city. Composed of nine members, the commission’s scope of activities include advocacy, publications, symposia, exhibitions, retreats, concerts, dialogues, debates, conferences, public forums, receptions and meetings. The commission works to encourage the development and implementation of policies and practices intended to improve conditions affecting the cultural, social, economic, political, educational, health and general well being of African and Caribbean immigrants, refugees and asylees residing in Philadelphia. It also works to create public awareness of the rich history, geography and culture of the African continent and to engage members of the African Diaspora and American communities in a dialogue on how to strengthen bilateral relationships.
Louisville’s Office of International Affairs (OIA) works to create a multicultural community and to serve all members of the community, particularly new residents. OIA works to integrate immigrants and refugees into Louisville by connecting them to governmental and non-governmental resources and by serving as an information clearinghouse. Louisville provides many services to the immigrant community, including a community language bank for interpreters and translators; social services, i.e. resettlement agencies; English as a second language classes; career opportunities; leadership opportunities that foster interest in and promote educational, civic, and social service activities.
Started on July 26, 2002, the Mayor’s Hispanic Latino Initiative seeks to reduce the high number of violent crimes against Hispanics by building a stronger partnership among the Hispanic community, the city government, and police. Strategies developed to reach this goal include increasing the level of police activity in targeted Latino neighborhoods; integrating Latinos into the community by developing neighborhood capacity and breaking down barriers to community services, governmental institutions and employment opportunities; and decreasing potential friction between Latinos and other population groups by promoting understanding of cultural differences.
Immigrants too often become victims of domestic abuse. Many of their batterers use immigration status as a way to control them, making them feel powerless to seek help or protection. The abuser may exploit the immigrant in many ways, such as destroying or stealing his or her papers, calling him or her names such as “illegal,” threatening to have the person deported or reporting his or her immigration status. The City of El Paso’s Police Department is aware of these concerns and in response established a Victim Services Unit to work with immigrants to make sure that they are aware of their rights. Victims have the right to protection from harm and threats and have the right to privacy. Most importantly, as victims of crimes, immigrants are not required to report their immigration status to police. A female immigrant who goes to a battered women’s shelter has the right to keep her immigration status private. Likewise, El Paso residents are not required to be citizens in order to get a restraining order and are entitled to receive emergency medical care.
The Austin Police Department’s Office of the Community Liaison has established several programs to increase and facilitate communication between law enforcement and recent immigrants. In 2001, the Community Liaison office kicked off its Immigrant Outreach Program geared toward Spanish-speaking immigrants in response to the high rates of robberies reported against foreign born residents. To address this problem, the department recognized it was essential to improve communication between police and recent immigrants. One way to do this was through a hotline, “Tu Voz,” which receives calls and serves as a referral line for the Spanish-speaking immigrant community. Although the Immigrant Outreach Program managed to achieve many goals, it was eventually canceled in 2004. However, the “Tu Voz” program remains in place.
Fort Wayne’s Community Development, Planning & Policy Department created the Hispanic and Immigrant Liaison position in 2009. The liaison works to establish communication with the Hispanic community as well as with the general immigrant community. The liaison provides information and assistance for accessing city services and is involved in community development planning projects that affect the city’s immigrant communities. In addition, the liaison educates the community at large about the changes and cultural issues associated with Fort Wayne’s diverse populations. The liaison works to continuously collaborate, coordinate and organize community events that benefit recent immigrants, refugees and other diverse communities.
Created in 2003, the Latino Advisory Council to the Seattle Police Department has the objective of building a partnership between the Latino community and the city’s police department. This particular council is assigned a deputy-chief of police, one officer liaison and support staff. The Latino Advisory Council focuses on four key areas: Advising the police department on public safety issues and challenges affecting local Latinos; promoting dialogue that builds trust and confidence between the Latino community and the police; educating and training police officers to be culturally competent; and encouraging Latino community engagement in the Advisory Council and other city programs promoting public safety.
By daniel | Published: March 2, 2011
The Arab community in America is a heterogeneous group composed of roughly 3 million people. More than 75% of this number are descendents of immigrants. In this paper, Younes Abouyoub, Ph.D., a visiting scholar at Columbia University, examines four aspects of the political participation of this community, namely protest politics, interest-group politics and organizations, office [...]
By daniel | Published: February 21, 2011
Leading organizations in the fields of immigration and child welfare have come together to increase the effectiveness of the child welfare system's and other corresponding systems' response to migration issues. These organizations constitute the founding members of the Migration and Child Welfare National Network (MCWNN). The network currently has four main areas of focus, formed into committees, related to migration and child welfare: Policy/advocacy, promising practices, research and evaluation; and transnational relations.
By daniel | Published: February 11, 2011
Debates around migration are often fuelled by large-scale misconceptions both in North America and Europe. People need to be given a realistic sense of the scale of immigration in their country so that they can have a nuanced view toward immigration. According to a survey released on February 3rd Americans and Europeans both tend to [...]
By daniel | Published: February 3, 2011
Millions of Asians celebrate the Lunar New Year around the world. The Year of the Rabbit officially began on February 3. In China, people set off fireworks to welcome 4709. Celebrations will last 15 days ending with the full moon on the Lantern Festival. This festival is celebrated at night with lantern displays and children [...]
By daniel | Published: January 29, 2011
La Barbería" - or in English, "the Barbershop" is a new musical comedy by David Maldonado and Ari Maniel Cruz and directed by Waddys Jacquez that will play an open-ended engagement at New World Stages, beginning February 3, with an official opening on February 17. The show is a comedy drama inspired in the history of the Domican migration to New York, a portrait of Washington Heights, a neighborhood in flux and a tribute to the strength of a community. This off-Broadway show uses original contemporary Latin music emanating from the airwaves and is performed mostly in Spanish.
By daniel | Published: January 27, 2011
When or how a comprehensive immigration reform will happen in the US remains uncertain. However, one of the issues that will be considered is the possibility for gays and lesbians to sponsor their life partners for residency in the US. An increasing number of Fortune 500 companies, such as Pfizer, American Airlines, Cisco Systems, Nike [...]
By daniel | Published: January 25, 2011
About a dozen faith leaders warned on Monday that the proposed Utah Legislature’s immigration bills — especially Rep. Stephen Sandstrom’s enforcement-only measure — would create a climate of fear and division among communities. A letter signed by over 30 communities including state’s Catholic and Episcopalian bishops and the Lutheran bishop over the Rocky Mountain region, [...]
By daniel | Published: January 18, 2011
A research directed by Jeffrey Sanchez-Burks, associate professor of management and organizations at Michigan’s Ross School of Business reveals that building inclusive environments in organizations and educational settings often face resistance by whites. Sanchez-Burks highlights that “in the face of the dramatic projected growth in demographic diversity, such failure could have severe economic, social and [...]
By aaronf | Published: December 23, 2010
The Integration: Building Inclusive Societies conversation was broadcast live on December 20, 2010 for a worldwide audience from St Ethelburga’s Centre for Reconciliation and Peace in London, UK. Roger Cohen, the New York Times journalist discussed about migration, national identities and integration of Muslims in today’s society. The archived video is now available! Due to [...]
By daniel | Published: December 12, 2010
Made in L.A. is a documentary that follows the story of three Latina immigrants working in the clothing industry in Los Angeles that try to win basic labor protections from clothing retailer Forever 21. The documentary presents the impact of the struggle on each woman’s life as they are gradually transformed by their three-year odyssey. [...]
By daniel | Published: December 12, 2010
Recession-battered European countries made cuts to their integration programs in 2009. These cuts have continued in 2010 exception made of Germany, only EU-country that has increased integration spending. In the United Kingdom and the Netherlands, the combination of recession and new policies are impacting on integration programs. The governing coallition in the United Kingdom has [...]
By daniel | Published: December 7, 2010
Migrant women make up a growing proportion of home-based employees in the United States, including caregivers for children, the elderly and those with disabilities, housekeepers and nannies. Mobilization of this collective is, however, challenging. They are often worried about their precarious immigration status. CASA de Maryland and Domestic Workers United (DWU), two leading migrants’ organizations [...]
By daniel | Published: December 2, 2010
With its E Pluribus Unum Prizes, the Migration Policy Institute (MPI) awards exceptional initiatives that promote immigrant integration. The prize aims “to honor the efforts of those who are creating stronger, more unified and successful communities by strengthening relationships between native-born and foreign-born Americans.” The E Pluribus Unum Prizes national awards program provides four $50,000 [...]
By daniel | Published: November 25, 2010
The Tokyo-based think tank Japan Forum on International Relations has submitted a set of policy recommendations on migration to the Prime Minister of Japan. The document “Prospects and Challenges for the Acceptance of Foreign Migrants to Japan” affirms that the country is losing favour as an investment destination because of several factors, including skilled labour [...]
By aaronf | Published: November 4, 2010
Health Initiative of the Americas (HIA) coordinates and optimizes resources in the United States, Mexico, and other Latin American countries to increase access to and use of health services, expand health insurance coverage, improve health outcomes, reduce health disparities, enhance the cultural competency of health care personnel, and implement innovative strategies to address unmet health needs of the Latino-origin population living and working in the United States.
By daniel | Published: November 1, 2010
A recent national survey by the Pew Hispanic Center, a project of the Pew Research Center, concludes that “86% of Latinos support providing a path to citizenship for undocumented immigrants if they pass background checks, pay a fine and have jobs.” This level of support among the general public is also high (68%). The survey [...]
By daniel | Published: October 19, 2010
In an article published in the Minnpost, several experts analyze the status of migration in different regions of the world. Migration isn’t just about rich countries shunning the arrival of migrants from poorer ones. According to the UNDP, only about one-third of migrants move from a developing country to a developed one. The economic downturn [...]
By daniel | Published: October 6, 2010
The University of Neuchâtel – Switzerland organizes an international conference about the establishment of Orthodox Churches in several European countries and the United States and their contribution to integration of Orthodox migrants in the West. The conference presents social research findings regarding integration paterns, mechanisms and strategies of Orthodox migrants; their socio-economic issues; and the [...]
By daniel | Published: October 4, 2010
Destination Casa Blanca is weekly round-table discussion of the Hispanic Information and Telecommunications Network (HITN). Focusing on political debate and news analysis on relevant areas for the US Latino community, the series features a series of discussions on immigration. It includes discussion about the Development, Relief and Education for Alien Minors Act (D.R.E.A.M Act); the [...]
By daniel | Published: September 15, 2010
The King Juan Carlos I of Spain Center at NYU hosts the photo exhibit “La Colonia” from September 17, 2010 to January 9, 2011. Organized by the New-York Historical Society and El Museo del Barrio, this exhibition will chronicle the history of Spanish workers that migrated to US in the early decades of the twentieth [...]
By daniel | Published: September 9, 2010
Mexico is considered to be the most important migration corridor in the world. Mexico is a starting point for emigration as thousands of Mexicans try to cross the border with the USA in search of work. But Mexico is also one of the few countries in the world that is both a destination and transit route for migrants. Numerous civil society associations, faith-based groups and governamental organisms are promoting Human Rights and integration.
By aaronf | Published: August 16, 2010
The MAII of the National League of Cities promotes civic engagement and naturalization among immigrant communities in cities throughout the U.S. Two program components promote immigrant integration: The NewCITYzen Naturalization Campaign focuses on highlighting the many benefits of naturalization – voting rights and beyond. Cities will have the opportunity to use the Campaign Toolkit to launch naturalization campaigns in their communities. The Campaign Toolkit is available to NLC member cities. The CITYzenship Community Initiative is designed to help city officials establish working relationships with immigrant communities and organizations.
By Florence | Published: August 4, 2010
Following the announcement of plans to build a Muslim-led interfaith and cultural center a few hundred feet from Ground-Zero, a debate started in New York, across the United States, and internationally on whether such a center, which will also house a mosque, should be allowed so close to the World Trade Center site. In a [...]
By daniel | Published: July 29, 2010
The workshop “Migration and Transnationalism: Opportunities and Challenges” focused on transnationalism as an analytical lens for the broad issue of migration and social change. It discussed the relationship between migration and transnationalism and the implications of transnational phenomena and practices for migrants and society, concentrating on the possible responses by policymakers. Read about the workshop [...]
By daniel | Published: July 22, 2010
HRW's most recent report on US immigration law, called, “Tough, Fair, and Practical” proposes several changes in US law that may result in a better protection of the migrants Human Rights.
By Florence | Published: July 6, 2010
In this article published in the Washington Post, the former governor of Florida Jeb Bush and Robert D. Putnam put the current heated debate on immigration into a historical perspective. They retrace America’s past experiences in migrant integration, and highlight the fact that this process has always been gradual and progressive. The article calls for [...]
By estellet | Published: June 30, 2010
This New York Times article describes the role of migration in today’s world as the third wave of the Globalization. Jason DeParle highlights how a variety of political, economical and social issues and debates are actually linked to immigration. This recent “transnationalism” is due to several new factors: the real global reach of migration today, [...]
By estellet | Published: June 23, 2010
The Gallup Coexist Index 2009, A Global Study of Interfaith Relations, found that North Americans are more likely to be tolerant or integrated than Europeans. The survey classifies respondents in 3 categories: those who are “isolated”, the “tolerant” who are respectful and open to other faiths and practices, and the “integrated” who feel respected by [...]
By estellet | Published: June 9, 2010
According to a study released by the Migration Policy Institute called “The impact of immigrants in recession and economic expansion”, immigration improves employment, productivity and incomes in the U.S. Professor Giovanni Peri claims that the impact of immigration in the short term varies depending in the country economic health. According to Peri, “When an economy [...]
By aaronf | Published: May 25, 2010
PLURAL+ provide young people with an effective platform to express themselves on key migration and diversity issues, and give them the opportunity to reinforce the belief of the United Nations Alliance of Civilizations (UNAOC) and the International Organization for Migration (IOM) that youth are indeed powerful and creative agents of social change.
By aaronf | Published: May 21, 2010
I cannot be safe when others around me aren’t, I cannot have peace, when others around me don’t. It is in my selfish interests to take the responsibility to work for a better world so all of us can co-exist in relative harmony. The world is changing quite rapidly, while conflicts continue to rage, a new dimension is emerging vividly and growing strongly every day. Indeed, the world is moving towards a new paradigm of “Co-existence” also known as “Pluralism”. Pluralism is nothing more than an adjustment in one’s attitude towards others; it is indeed respecting the otherness of other and accepting the Genetic (God) given uniqueness of each one of the seven billion of us. If we can learn to accept 7 billion unique thumb prints and understand the existence of 7 billion DNA compositions, then why not accept the uniqueness of 7 billion of us? If we world. My role as a peace maker is to mitigate conflicts and nurture goodwill...
By aaronf | Published: May 21, 2010
Mike Ghouse is a speaker, thinker, writer, optimist and an activist of Pluralism, Justice, Peace, Islam, India and Civil Societies. He is a conflict mitigater and a goodwill nurturer offering pluralistic solutions to issues of the day to the Television, Radio, News Media and the public...
By estellet | Published: May 17, 2010
The IOM Compendium of Migrant Integration, Policies and Practices, included 19 country profiles: Argentina, Australia, Belgium, Canada, Czech Republic, Denmark, Finland, France, Greece, Hungary, Japan, Republic of Korea, Netherlands, Portugal, Malaysia, Singapore, Republic of South Africa, Sweden, United States of America. The country profiles are all structured in a similar way to make comparing different [...]
By Florence | Published: May 14, 2010
Inter-Ethnic City Roundtable: Management and Policies for a Better Integration of Migrants The integration of migrants, specifically in cities, is critical for the improvement of cooperative relations among peoples from different cultures and religions. Urban planning can play a key function in facilitating the inclusion of migrants. Held in September 2009 in the UN in [...]
The city's vibrant immigrant cultures, heritages and communities are honored with a festival celebrating diversity.
“Forbidden Language: English Learners and Restrictive Language Policies”, research volume by Patricia Gandara and Megan Hopkins (January 2010). The authors examine the respective advantages and challenges of bi-lingual education and restrictive language policies, as implemented in three USA states (California, Arizona, and Massachusetts – Sacramento, Phoenix and Boston). The presentation includes suggestions on how to [...]
The United States and Europe do not share the same set of political attitudes and policies on the integration of immigrant into their respective societies. This paper demonstrates different views and actions on integration and provide information from both sides of the Atlantic. Learn more about the paper How useful was this information? Users ratings [...]
By Florence | Published: March 30, 2010
This report addresses immigration and integration issues including the effect of the economic crisis on attitudes toward immigration