Partnerships for Naturalization: NAC New York & the Brooklyn Public Library

BPL Image 2Innovative partnerships are a signature of the New Americans Campaign. Across the nation, organizations are coming together to promote the importance of citizenship and facilitate the naturalization process. The New York NAC site is exemplifying these inventive partnerships through its pairing with the Brooklyn Public Library.

As part of its 2013 launch of the Shelby White and Leon Levy Information Commons, the Brooklyn Public Library joined NAC partner Immigration Advocates Network (IAN) to host an event for legal permanent residents (LPRs) to apply for citizenship. Through the use of IAN’s CitizenshipWorks tool and the library’s physical space and technology, the event became a success and has established itself as a permanent fixture in the Library’s Central Branch.

BPL ImageThe citizenship series now takes place on the third Friday of every month and other New York NAC partners have joined and contribute to the ongoing success of this partnership. While IAN supports the series through CitizenshipWorks, it rotates facilitation responsibilities with NAC partners CUNY Citizenship Now!, Catholic Migration Services, NALEO Educational Fund, International Rescue Committee, Church World Service, and Make the Road New York.

“The Brooklyn Public Library workshop series is an innovative way to leverage the space and technology available at the library and the legal expertise of NAC-NY partners, while empowering applicants to take control of their applications with CitizenshipWorks,” says Sandra Sandoval, Field Support Coordinator for IAN. “The Immigration Advocates Network is thrilled to support this monthly feature at the Brooklyn Public Library.”

Sign up online for a citizenship workshop at the Brooklyn Public Library. Walk-ins are also welcomed. Please contact Sandra Sandoval at 212-760-2554 extension 475 with any questions.

Posted on January 8, 2015

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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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