Immigration Town Hall Meeting

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On November 12th CMS staff Marisol Canales and Rebecca Rybaltowski attended The Annual Immigration Town Hall Meeting hosted by Councilman Rafael Espinal of District 37 in collaboration with Catholic Charities. This meeting served to discuss various issues affecting the immigrant community. There were presentations on citizenship from CUNY Citizenship Now, from the Department of Consumer Affairs on the New Paid Sick Leave Law, and a discussion from the 83 Precinct police station in Bushwick, Brooklyn. Ms. Canales served as a member of the panel and discussed the resources CMS provides and common issues that the people we serve face.

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CMS Hosts Citizenship Workshop!

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CMS is hosting a free Citizenship Application Assistance Workshop on Saturday, December 6th at Our Lady of the Angelus in Rego Park, Queens.

If you are a Lawful Permanent Resident interested in applying for U.S. citizenship, please call (646) 597-8797 for more information  and how to register for this event. (more…)

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Queens Tenant Monthly Meeting

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On October 28th community members gathered together for the Queens Tenant Monthly Meeting. Over 100 people participated in the event and several CMS partner organizations were present such as the Riis Settlement House, Catholic Charities, Fidelis Health Care, and JASA. We were joined by two presenters, Joby Thovalil the campaign organizer from the New Economy Project spoke in regards to passing legislation that prohibits employers from running a credit check on potential and current employees.  Bitta Mostofi the director of the Municipal ID Outreach Campaign discussed the new Municipal ID program. This program provides a form of photo identification for every New York City resident, despite immigration status. Residents can apply for a Municipal ID beginning January 1st 2015.

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CMS visits ICL Family Resource Center

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On October 28th 2014 CMS staff Frederik Stefani and Jennifer Park held a workshop at the Institute for Community Living (ICL) Family Resource Center in Brooklyn. CMS staff spoke to a small group of 10 people about various eligibility options for victims of crimes, such as the Violence against Women Act, U and T visas, and Gender-Based asylum. The Institute for Community Living (ICL) Family Resource Center is a community-based service provider that equips parents with the skills and tools to assist children who experience behavioral and emotional problems. CMS is developing our outreach and partnership efforts throughout Brooklyn and Queens to be more accessible to people out in the community.

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CMS Parish Outreach in Full Swing

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CMS is currently conducting outreach for our legal services programs in parishes throughout Brooklyn and Queens. Thus far we have distributed important information and provided consultations to hundreds of parishioners at  St. Margaret Mary, Our Lady of Mount Carmel, St. Catherine of Alexandria, Sts. Joachim and Anne, St. Joan of Arc, St. Agatha, St. Teresa, Our Lady of Sorrows, St. Leo, Corpus Christi, Blessed Sacrament, Our Lady of Perpetual Help, Our Lady of Fatima, St. Helen, St. Sebastian, St. Matthias, Our Lady of the Angelus, St. Rita, and St. Patrick. We have staff on site ready to assist parishioners and provide information about our housing, immigration, and labor programs. CMS is working to increase accessibility by offering critical legal services to people who may otherwise not have the ability to come into our office during business hours. We will continue to conduct outreach in parishes across Brooklyn and Queens every Sunday through November.

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Queens Tenant Monthly Meeting

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Julissa Ferreras, council member of the 21st district in Queens spoke at the Queens Tenant Monthly Meeting

CMS held our first Queens Tenant Monthly Meeting of fall 2014 on Wednesday September 24.Over 80 community members attended the meeting at St. Sebastian Parish Center. We were joined by council member Julissa Ferreras of the 21st district in Queens. She spoke about current housing issues in the Elmhurst, Corona, and Jackson Heights area and a new development for affordable housing that is opening in Corona. Ariel Salazar of the NYC Department of Consumer Affairs gave a presentation on the new paid sick leave law that was enacted in the city of New York on April 1st 2014. This law grants new rights for employees to receive compensation for days that they or a loved one are sick and cannot work.

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Time Warner Hosts CMS’ Fall Benefit Event

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On September 18, friends and supporters of Catholic Migration Services gathered at the offices of Time Warner, Inc. at Columbus Circle to enjoy beautiful views of Central Park and celebrate CMS’ legal services programs.  For the fifth consecutive year, Time Warner, Inc. generously sponsored CMS’ Fall Benefit which is an important source of financial support for the organization.  Attendees were welcomed by Time Warner, Inc. attorney Kwanza Butler who expressed Time Warner’s commitment to pro bono work and civic engagement including its relationship with CMS.  CMS is thankful for its partnership with Time Warner, Inc. and for the support of all those who contributed to make the Fall Benefit event a success.  For more information on how you can donate to CMS, please click here.

 

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