Are you ready for Coro’s Immigrant Civic Leadership Program (ICLP)?

ICLP enhances the capacity of people working to lead change in immigrant communities across the five boroughs. Using NYC as a classroom, ICLP participants gain a deeper understanding of policy and decision making in the city, the skills to effectively lead change in their organizations and communities, and a network of engaged and influential alumni to support them in reaching their goals. Participants develop a Community Change Project that seeks to strengthen their immigrant community so that the impact from their participation goes beyond the training room.

What is ICLP?

Coro’s ICLP offers something you can’t find in any other program. It delivers a unique, civic style of leadership – one that’s built on understanding complexity, listening to multiple perspectives and leading change. Simply stated, participants hone the skills needed to get things done in a complex environment. This is valuable for community-based organizations and non-profits who increasingly have to navigate the intersection of community and government.

Approximately 20 active and engaged community members working to bring about improvement and change to the city’s immigrant communities are competitively selected to participate each year. ICLP participants meet July through April.

Candidate Requirements

  • Work in New York City for an organization supporting immigrant communities.
  • A vision for change and a defined Community Change Project that seeks to strengthen immigrant communities.
  • Passion and curiosity about developing new leadership skills essential to problem solving in New York.
  • Interest in actively participating in the Coro community and ICLP alumni network.
  • Minimum of five years of professional work experience, preferably serving immigrant communities.

Questions?  Please visit the ICLP website for more information.  Read the current cohort’s bios and Community Change Projects.  Here are a brochure and a program calendar you can print.  Application page is here.  Deadline of application is Monday, June 8th. Apply now!

You may also contact Bino Realuyo, Director, ICLP at [email protected]

Press Release: Attorney General Schneiderman and Mayor De Blasio Announce Joint Task Force to Combat Immigration Services Fraud

April 2, 2015

New York City Press Office / 212-416-8060
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Coordinated Enforcement Effort Will Hold Fraudsters Accountable & Encourage Victims To Come Forward

Part of Nationwide Effort To Support President Obama’s Immigration Reform by Combatting Those That Take Advantage Of Vulnerable Immigrants

NEW YORK – Attorney General Eric T. Schneiderman and Mayor Bill de Blasio today announced the formation of a new joint task force to target those who prey on immigrants, while encouraging victims of fraud to come forward without fear.

The task force, led by the Mayor’s Office of Immigrant Affairs and the NYC Department of Consumer Affairs, together with the Office of Attorney General, will dedicate enforcement resources and conduct a public awareness campaign to stop predators from taking advantage of immigrant communities in advance of the full implementation of President Obama’s executive actions on immigration.

“Together we are sending a powerful message that New York has zero tolerance for anyone who seeks to prey on immigrants and their families,” said Attorney General Schneiderman. “As the president’s executive action goes into effect, New York is taking the lead to root out fraud against those looking for a better life. Through this strategic partnership, we will hold accountable those who take advantage of vulnerable immigrants and help make the goals of the president’s action a reality for thousands of New Yorkers.”

“The president’s immigration reforms will initiate an economic, political and social transformation of our cities and our country, but unfortunately, this progress also brings new opportunities for criminals who prey on the most vulnerable among us,” said Mayor Bill de Blasio. “Our joint city-state anti-fraud task force will stop fraudsters in their tracks and provide a safe place for immigrant fraud victims to come forward. While New York is taking bold action, we are also working in collaboration with cities and states across the country to prevent fraud and protect families nationwide.”

“The president’s bold action gives thousands of New Yorkers a path toward security and stability, but that promise can be threatened by fraudsters looking to profit from immigrant vulnerability,” said Immigrant Affairs Commissioner Nisha Agarwal. “Immigrants should be careful to avoid fraud by going to high-quality trusted services, including those supported by the city. By committing the resources of our city and state agencies as part of this task force, New York is taking a leading role to ensure the new process is enacted with integrity.”

“Too many immigrant New Yorkers have been victims of predatory immigration service providers who fleece consumers of thousands of dollars while failing to provide bona fide services. These providers often leave immigrants more vulnerable than they were before,” said DCA Commissioner Julie Menin. “Mayor de Blasio has committed to protecting all of New York City’s immigrants, and DCA is proud to be partnering with the Mayor’s Office of Immigrant Affairs and New York State Attorney General Eric Schneiderman to engage in public outreach and appropriate enforcement actions to ensure that our City’s immigrants are protected.”

“For too long, scam artists have taken advantage of the vulnerability of new immigrants,” said Assemblyman Francisco Moya. “This new anti-fraud task force sends a strong message that New York is prepared for the President’s immigration reforms and that we will not tolerate immigration-related fraud. As a lawmaker who has spent many years advocating for anti-fraud measures that protect new immigrants from predatory employment agencies, I am intimately aware of how fraudsters seek to exploit immigrants. I commend Mayor Bill de Blasio and Attorney General Eric Schneiderman for taking this innovative and pro-active approach to combating fraud. This initiative helps demonstrate that New York is a welcome home for immigrants.”

“Immigrants across New York will welcome this new Task Force as a much-needed effort to bring new energy to this issue throughout New York City and State,” said Javier H. Valdés, co-Executive Director of Make the Road New York. “As New Yorkers prepare for the administrative relief that President Obama announced last November, it’s critical that New York steps up its enforcement of unscrupulous notarios who take advantage of our communities. Make the Road New York applauds the Mayor and Attorney General for this new effort, and we are eager to work with the Task Force to ensure its success.”

“For organizations like La Fuente, the fight against fraudulent legal service providers who target immigrants aspiring to legal status has been daunting,” said Lucia Gomez, Executive Director, La Fuente. “The announcement that Mayor de Blasio and State Attorney General Schneiderman will launch a joint Anti-Immigration Fraud Task Force demonstrates a commitment to addressing head-on an issue that has plagued our immigrant communities for decades. This laudable effort will provide immigrant communities across the state a more robust effort to ensure predators are reported and dealt with by the proper authorities. With this announcement, New York has once again demonstrated its commitment to advancing immigrant rights and recognizing the value of its diverse population.”

“New York City truly stands as example of inclusion for our immigrant residents, yet too often newly arrived New Yorkers stay in the shadows despite being victims of fraud that threaten their well-being and financial stability,” said Grace Bonilla, President for The Committee for Hispanic Children and Families. “CHCF whole heartedly supports and congratulates Mayor de Blasio and Attorney General Schneiderman for addressing these injustices and providing communities that give so much to this city an avenue to come forward, stop these abuses and advocate for themselves.”

“We applaud Mayor de Blasio and Attorney General Schneiderman for their bold leadership in protecting immigrants from fraudulent actors, by the creation of this very important task force. We at Northern Manhattan Coalition for Immigrant Rights have seen the life-shattering damage that unscrupulous immigration providers have wreaked on our community members,” said Angela Fernandez, Esq., Executive Director of Northern Manhattan Coalition for Immigrant Rights. “We look forward to working closely with the task force on behalf of all immigrants throughout New York State.”

“Without any pity for those who desperately seek the safety of legal residency for themselves and their families, agents of exploitation have for too long reigned with impunity,” said Luis Garden Acosta, Founder and President of El Puente. “We welcome Mayor De Blasio’s defense of our community’s defenseless and join with our Attorney General and President Obama in declaring, once and for all, Basta Ya!”

The joint task force will focus on rooting out a variety of abuses targeting immigrants, but particularly the unauthorized practice of law, commonly known as “notario fraud,” or “immigrant service provider fraud.”

New York State’s Immigration Assistance Service Enforcement Act establishes protections for immigrants who use the services of individuals or businesses that falsely represent themselves as certified legal advisors for citizenship and other issues. The law, which went into effect on February 6, 2015, stiffens penalties and adds new penalties, both criminal and civil, for violations of the Act.

The president’s recent executive action will lead many immigrants to search for legal assistance to navigate the new rules, potentially creating an opportunity for service providers or scam artists to take advantage of immigrants. Unauthorized immigration consultants can create delays in the application process, cost applicants unnecessary fees and possibly even lead to removal proceedings.

The task force is committed to undertaking the following actions:

  • Targeted enforcement and/or investigations against immigrant service providers who may be engaging in the unauthorized practice of law. These investigations could occur in partnership, where feasible, or independently by each agency.
  • Improved information-sharing to identify illegal activity and coordinate enforcement efforts. In collaboration with community organizations, the task force will establish an information pipeline to connect on-the-ground reports of immigration fraud hotspots to city agencies and the Attorney General’s Office to stop problematic service providers or practices.
  • Increased public awareness outreach to engage vulnerable communities and encourage victims to come forward. City agencies and the Attorney General’s Office will collaborate on public education campaigns to bring attention to potential abuses wherever they exist.
  • Continual expansion to include other relevant governmental entities and provide a blueprint for cities and states across the country to adopt best practices. As part of Cities United for Immigration Action, New York City is working in close collaboration with partner cities to develop a national model to combat immigration services fraud.

Attorney General Schneiderman has a strong track record for combating immigration services fraud and other actions that ensure equal opportunity for immigrant communities. Recent examples of actions taken by his Civil Rights Bureau include the establishment of a $2.2 million restitution fund for victims of one of the nation’s largest immigration services schemes, action to combat fraud perpetrated by employment agencies that target vulnerable immigrant communities; and efforts to ensure equal educational opportunity for unaccompanied minors and undocumented youth regardless of immigration status.

The de Blasio administration has a proven track record for welcoming immigrant New Yorkers. From access to federal immigration benefits, citizenship and U-visa application assistance, to the city’s response to the unaccompanied child migrant crisis and new Immigration and Customs Enforcement detainer legislation to dramatically reduce deportations, the city has led a movement that cements the notion that a city’s prosperity and strength depends upon its new American residents having ample opportunities to reach their fullest potential and contribute to the well-being of our communities.

On April 12th, the Mayor’s Office of Immigrant Affairs will co-host an executive action legal screening for immigrant New Yorkers who might be eligible for the DACA/DAPA programs. While implementation of these programs is temporarily on hold, providing reliable information and combatting abuse is more important than ever. This legal screening event will mark an important citywide collaboration between the city’s largest legal service providers and immigration advocacy groups to create a large-scale legal clinic.

The event will be held on April 12th, from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. at Temple Emanu-El, located at East 65th Street, Manhattan. For more information:

To report complaints regarding immigration services, contact the Attorney General’s Immigration Services Fraud Unit Hotline at (866) 390-2992 or [email protected].


Register for the 2015 NAPABA Annual Lobby Day

Register today for the 2015 NAPABA Annual Lobby Day, which will be held in Washington, DC, from May 18-19. NAPABA’s Annual Lobby Day gives you the opportunity to educate members of Congress and congressional staffers on issues of importance to the Asian Pacific American community.

NAPABA needs your participation to make Lobby Day a success and to demonstrate the strength of the APA community. We look forward to seeing you in May!

Lobby Day:
Congressional Reception (May 18, 2015):

Stipends are available for NAPABA members traveling to Lobby Day from out of town. The deadline to submit an application is April 3, 2015 at 11:59 pm PST. To apply for a 2015 Lobby Day stipend please click here.


Embassy Suites – Downtown DC
1250 22nd Street, NW
Washington, DC 20037

Cut-off date to book: April 24, 2015

Rate: $329 for single/double

Check-in: 4:00 pm
Check-out: 11:00 am

Make your reservation here!

Schedule of Events

Tuesday, April 28, 2015

NAPABA Lobby Day Training (part one of three)
Experts from NAPABA and our partner organizations will lead Lobby Day participants in a training about the basics of lobbying and the key issues prioritized for Lobby Day. A question and answer period will follow. Lobby Day participants should plan to attend the live webinar, but a recorded version will be available for participants unable to join. Lobby Day participants are required to attend the live webinar or view the recording prior to Lobby Day.
Time: 2:00 pm – 3:00 pm EDT
Location: Webinar

Monday, May 18, 2015

NAPABA Lobby Day Training (part two of three)
We will review the basics of lobbying and prepare for meetings with legislators and staff the following day. Key logistical information will be shared at this time, and a question and answer period will follow. Participants will have the opportunity to meet in their lobbying groups and strategize with their team members.
Time: 4:30 pm – 5:30 pm
Location: TBA

Asian Pacific American Heritage Month Congressional Reception
The reception will bring together Lobby Day participants, members of Congress and their staff, and leaders in the APA community.
Time: 6:00 pm – 8:00 pm
Location: Hart Senate Office Building, SH 902, Capitol Hill, Washington, DC

Tuesday May 19, 2015

Training Breakfast (part three of three)
Policy experts will briefly go over each issue and will be available to answer questions. Participants will have the opportunity to meet in their lobbying groups and strategize with their team members.
Time: 8:00 am – 10:00 am
Location: TBA

Member Visits on the Hill
Time: 9:30 am – 4:30 pm
Location: Will vary based on individual schedules and locations of members’ offices.

Participant Debriefing & Happy Hour
Time: 5:00 pm – 7:00 pm
Location: TBA

NAPABA Call for Programs Deadline Extended

Deadline Extension: April 12, 2015, 11:59 PM PDT

The National Asian Pacific American Bar Association is now accepting program proposals for the 2015 NAPABA Convention, which will be held in New Orleans, LA, from November 5-8. We welcome program submissions on topics that celebrate the diversity of NAPABA and will provide practical solutions and advice for our attendees’ future development and advancement.

Submission Guidelines

Carefully review the detailed submission guidelines before you begin the submission process.

Submission Resources

Sample speaker invitation letter

2014 CLE Programs

Ready to Begin? Submit Now.

Submit your program proposal online.

You must fill out all required information in order to submit. After you push the submit button, you will be taken to a screen that confirms your submission. Click “Edit your response” and bookmark the url if you wish to make any edits to your submission before the deadline.


  • Program proposals due: April 12, 2015
  • Notification to program chairs: May 8, 2015
  • Speaker release form/bios due: June 30, 2015
  • Required materials (timed agenda and specialty credit information) for CLE accreditation due: July 31, 2015
  • Course materials due: August 31, 2015

*Late/incomplete submissions will not be accepted. If materials are not received by the CLE deadlines, NAPABA will NOT seek CLE credit for the program/panel.


Please direct inquiries to Priya Purandare, NAPABA Meetings & Membership Manager, at [email protected].

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