CMS Testifies on Labor Trafficking

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On Friday, February 27, 2015, the New York City Council’s Committee on Immigration held a hearing on labor trafficking in the domestic worker industry. Alice Davis, staff attorney in the Immigrant Workers’ Rights Program, testified on the need for adequate training the law enforcement agencies that are most likely to encounter victims of trafficking, to create uniform policies for interviewing victims, and clarifying the role of advocates during investigations. (more…)

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CMS and Make the Road NY Host Citizenship Workshop!

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CMS and Make the Road NY are hosting a free Citizenship Workshop on Saturday, February 28th at 301 Grove St., Brooklyn, NY.

Participants are encouraged to register prior to the event to ensure access to all services that will be provided.

If you are a Lawful Permanent Resident and are interested in registering contact Zach Shultz (718) 236-3000 ext 230.

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CMS Conducts Outreach at St. Benedict Joseph Labre

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On Sunday, February 1st CMS staff Rebecca Rybaltowski and Lorena Lopez conducted outreach at St. Benedict Joseph Labre Parish in South Richmond Hill. They discussed CMS programs and the different services we offer after both an English and Spanish mass. In total there were around 150 attendees, after mass Rebecca and Lorena distributed materials to parishioners and answered questions. CMS will be continuing parish outreach throughout the remainder of winter and into the spring season.

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CMS Attends Community Meeting at Our Lady of Perpetual Help

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On Sunday December 14th 2014 CMS staff Alice Davis, Quetzalli Rocha, and Rebecca Rybaltowski attended a community meeting put on by Faith in New York, Our Lady of Perpetual Help, and the Juan Newman Center at the Notre Dame Hall at Our Lady of Perpetual Help Parish. This programming was made possible in part by the support of New York City Council Member Carlos Menchaca. Over 150 community members attended this event. Bitta Mostofi the director of the Municipal ID Outreach Campaign discussed the new Municipal ID program. Father Piedra from Our Lady of Perpetual Help Parish discussed President Obama’s new Administrative Relief.

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CMS Meets with the Mexican Consulate

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On Thursday, December 11th 2014 CMS Staff Rev. Patrick Keating, Robert McCreanor, Alice Davis, and Quetzalli Rocha met with Ambassador Fuentes, Mario Cuevas, and Johannes Jacome, representatives of the Mexican Consulate.  Throughout the meeting participants discussed the Immigrant Workers’ Rights Program (IWRP) and the program’s hotline, Linea Laboral. Nearly half of Linea Laboral callers are from Mexican nationals and since May 2014 59% of the cases sent through Linea Laboral to government agencies have been from Mexican citizens. The Mexican consulate has been a powerful ally in promoting the Linea Laboral hotline. Linea Laboral has been successful in addressing the needs of immigrant workers across the New York tri-state area, responding to 355 calls since May. CMS thanks the Mexican Consulate for their contribution to Linea Laboral!

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CMS Hosts Citizenship Workshop

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On Saturday, December 6th, CMS hosted a Citizenship Application Assistance Workshop in its Brooklyn office. Staff and volunteers were able to assist over 20 registered participants with their applications to become U.S. citizens, as well as connect citizenship applicants to resources within their communities to help them prepare for the English and civics exam. (more…)
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CMS Hosts Informational Session on Administrative Relief

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On Saturday December 6th 2014 CMS held an informational session on Administrative Relief at St. Sebastian Parish Center. Over 300 people attended this event to gather more information on the new policy that will provide an opportunity for certain undocumented immigrants in the United States to apply for a limited form of immigration legal relief.

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