Citizenship in Los Angeles — Ethnic Media Gather for Roundtable

A group of 18 local ethnic media in Los Angeles area gathered at the Los Angeles Central Library for an insightful roundtable discussion on their role in promoting citizenship in their communities.

Media leaders gathered with our Los Angeles partners to learn about the many benefits of citizenship, upcoming changes to the application form, and the multiple free citizenship workshops happening all over Los Angeles.

It was an opportunity for the Los Angeles public library to talk about their involvement in the New Americans Campaign by offering English classes and providing space for events. Four new citizens also spoke of their reasons for becoming citizens – from being able to hold dual citizenship and keep land back home in Tonga, to being free from deportation.

It was also an opportunity for local ethnic media to offer up new partnerships and coverage of the important work that the New Americans Campaign is doing in Los Angeles and nationwide.

“You are our gateway. You are the way to reach the people that we cannot reach,” said Nasim Khansari, citizenship network manager at Asian-Americans Advancing Justice.

To find a free citizenship workshop near you, visit our Calendar.

Posted on March 25, 2014

Our Impact

  • The Campaign has completed over 3,700 naturalization workshops and clinics.
  • Over 250,000 citizenship applications completed since July 2011.

    Saved aspiring citizens and their families over $206million in legal and application fees.
  • Adopted scalable technology. MP3 players, Google Voice, and Virtual Private Network (VPN) services are being used to enhance naturalization service delivery.
  • Expanded New American Workforce (an effort to provide naturalization assistance within corporations) which has partnered with over 100 businesses across the nation, ranging from hotels in Miami to American Apparel in Los Angeles.
  • Deployed Citizenshipworks, an online tool, across the Campaign in multiple settings and languages. A newly redesigned platform guides applicants through through their citizenship application from start to finish and connects applicants to legal help at partnering non-profits.
  • Were instrumental in inspiring the US Citizenship and Immigration Service to support the Citizenship Corners initiative.
  • Created innovative partnerships with public libraries, school districts, universities, social service agencies, and employers, all of which yield not only greater numbers of applicants but also greater awareness of the naturalization process.
  • Deployed a large-scale volunteer recruitment program through an e-learning course.

    Reached diverse communities. Local partners consistently outreach and provide culturally competent and language-appropriate services.
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Impact Report.

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Who We're Helping

People come to America from all over the world with dreams of achieving a better life for themselves and their families and calling this great nation home. Eight million people who live, work, and pay taxes in this country are eligible for citizenship, yet only about eight percent of them naturalize each year. Find out more about these individuals and the barriers they face.Read More