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 Macelo Rios, 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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Queens Tenant Monthly Meeting

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On Wednesday, November 26, 2014 CMS held the Queens Tenant Monthly Meeting at St. Sebastian Parish Center in Woodside. We invited several organizations including Catholic Charities, JASA, and the Queens Library to provide attendees with information on their services. (more…)

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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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