During a recent naturalization workshop at LaGuardia Community College in Queens, Catholic Migration Services and New York Lawyers for the Public Interest teamed up with partners for another successful workshop. This time pro bono attorneys, para legals, and volunteers assisted 65 lawful permanent residents who are now on their way to becoming citizens.
Members of the Ministry to Nigerian immigrants with Most Rev. Nicholas DiMarzio, Bishop of Brooklyn.
Catholic Migration Services conducted two dinners on successive Fridays to honor the recipients of this year’s Shining Star Awards presented to parishioners of the diocese’s ethnic ministries for their service to the Church in Brooklyn and Queens.
Shining Star Award for Maria Magdalena Vargas, member of the ministry to immigrants from the Dominican Republic.
For nearly half a century, Catholic Migration Services has been helping immigrants settle in the Diocese of Brooklyn. The organization is honoring them with a “Shining Star” award, calling the immigrants beacons of hope for the world. Michelle Powers attended the annual dinner celebration and filed this report.
Catholic Migration Services’ Immigrant Tenant Advocacy Program will be hosting a Queens Town Hall on the right to counsel in Housing Court. This event is an opportunity for community members to discuss Intro 214, a bill currently before the New York City Council which, if passed, would provide tenants the right to an attorney in eviction proceedings. The town hall is an opportunity for community members to share their thoughts on the implications of going to court in eviction proceedings without an attorney and how it creates an additional incentive for landlords to harass and displace tenants. At the town hall, we will introduce Intro 214, and discuss how community members can achieve the historic goal of making New York City the first city in the United States to guarantee tenants a right to counsel in eviction proceedings. Please RSVP if you would like to attend.