This Land is Your Land, Too: Working Together for Immigrant New Yorkers

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The inaugural conference of the New York Immigrant Assistance Consortium

June 9th, 2014
8:30 a.m. – 6:30 p.m. 
 
Hosted by New York Law School
New York, New York
 
Sponsored by NYIC, ONA, DYCD, AILA-NY

Don’t miss our special plenary, moderated by NY1’s Pat Kiernan

Lunch Plenary: Where are we today? City, State, and Federal Perspectives.       

Panelists:

New York Secretary Of State Cesar Perales
NYC Commissioner for Immigrant Affairs Nisha Agarwal
US Executive Office for Immigration Review Director Juan Osuna
             USCIS NY District Director Phyllis Coven     
         

                              Click here to register.                        

Other panels include:

Anti-Immigration Fraud Efforts & Capacity
Moderated by: JoJo Annobil of the Legal Aid Society

Outreach and Organizing with Community Partners
Moderated by:Marika Dias of Make the Road New York
 
Ethical Challenges of Direct Services and Representation
Moderated by: C. Mario Russell of Catholic Charities of New York
 
Innovations in Outreach and Service Delivery through Technology
Moderated by: Mark O’Brien of ProBono Net
 
Communications, Media, Branding
Moderated by: Laz Benitez of the New York State Office for New Americans
 
Coordination of Pro Bono and Volunteer Efforts
Moderated by: Miriam Buhl of Weil, Gotshal and Manges LLP
 
National Perspectives on Legalization Planning and Implementation
Moderated by: Matthew Burnett of the Immigration Advocates Network
 
Private and Public Funding Partnerships
Moderated by: Christopher O’Malley of the IOLA Fund
 
Strategic Partnerships with Traditional and Non-Traditional Partners
Moderated by: Betsy Plum of the New York Immigration Coalition

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The purpose of this one-day conference is to advance the capacity of immigrant assistance provider organizations in New York that serve clients in an efficient, effective and coordinated manner. The conference will bring members of the Immigration community together to share their best practices and learn from current and prior experiences in immigration assistance efforts like DACA, as well as other mass assistance efforts like those following Hurricane Sandy and 9/11.

The registration fee of $55 covers admission to the conference. Admission includes a light breakfast, lunch, and an invitation to a cocktail reception following the final panel.

Please note that CLE credits will be provided.

 

Denim Day 2014: Wednesday, April 23

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In recognition of Sexual Assault Awareness Month, join the Mayor’s Office to Combat Domestic Violence in supporting Denim Day 2014Wednesday, April  23rd. Denim Day is a sexual violence prevention and education campaign inspired by a 1998 Italian Supreme Court decision that overturned a rape conviction because the victim wore tight jeans. Wearing jeans on Denim Day has become a symbol of raising awareness for sexual assault victims worldwide.

This year’s theme is Empowering Men to Speak Out Against Sexual Violence. To that end, OCDV is partnering with the Department of Youth and Community Development to provide an informative workshop on sexual violence at our Manhattan Family Justice Center for Manhattan Fatherhood Program participants. In addition, each of the Family Justice Centers are organizing activities to engage clients, their children, and partner staff.

 I invite you to recognize Denim Day this year in one of the following ways:

  • Wear Denim on Wednesday, April 23rd
  • Attend the press conference on the steps of City Hall on Wednesday, April 23rd at 12:00pm (open to the public)
  • Attend one of the many events being held in NYC
  • Follow @Denim_Day_NYC on Twitter and Like Denim Day NYC 2014 on Facebook
  • Share information about Denim Day on your social media page using hashtag #DenimDay

New York Chinese Cultural Center’s 40th Anniversary Gala at Bennett Media Studio – May 2nd, 2014

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New York Chinese Cultural Center (NYCCC) is celebrating its 40th birthday this year. We would like to invite you to the celebration on May 2nd, 2014 at Bennett Media Studio, 723 Washington St., with entertainment, music, dance, food, art, and culture. 

For four decades, NYCCC has been serving the community by providing high quality and authentic cultural programs and resources to schools and the public. As the region’s largest and most respected Chinese traditional performing arts organization, NYCCC is on track to be the creative hub for Chinese artists in all media and the authority for Chinese culture. At the mark of our 40th anniversary, NYCCC wants to recognize and honor influential figures in our community for their leadership and contributions.

Norma Chu, Actress & community Leader
Chinese Business Lawyer Association  

As we are tracing the footprints of glory and respect generations of achievement, we are committed and striving to be the best and be the safeguard for the tradition. Please support NYCCC’s mission by making a fully tax-deductible gift and we look forward to seeing you at our 40th anniversary gala. Click to purchase ticket(s)!  

Legal Services NYC Annual Diversity Open House

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February 27, 2014 – Diversity Open House is an unique opportunity for law students to learn about the important work done at Legal Services NYC, to meet our attorneys and find out about internship, fellowship and possible employment opportunities. Legal Services NYC is the largest provider of free civil legal services in the country and has neighborhood programs in all five boroughs. See, www.legalservicesnyc.org

The format of the Open House is fairly informal. The first hour of the program is table time. Each Legal Services NYC program will have a table staffed by an attorney or two who is available to meet with law students. Then there is a program consisting of brief staff presentations about our vital work and innovative projects. After these presentations there is time for more tabling. The Open House will end with a reception with light refreshments and this is another opportunity for students to meet and network with staff attorneys. Leadership from the various offices will attend the event

All law students must rsvp by February 20, 2014 to diversitycommittee@ls-nyc. org

Open House Program

4:30pm to 5:30pm – Networking and Tabling

5:30pm to 6:15 pm – Welcome: Raun Rasmussen

Innovative Projects Presentations on

  • Immigration Law Project
  • LGBTQI Project
  • Veterans Justice Project
  • Loan Forgiveness Programs

6:15pm to 7:30pm – Networking and Tabling

AALDEF seeks Pro Bono Volunteer Attorneys for Asian American Poll Monitoring for Primary Elections Sept 10th

To Download the volunteer form click here.

Pro Bono: Asian American Poll Monitoring

NYC Primary Election – September 10, 2013

Training on Monday, Sept. 9 at 12N at Fried Frank, 1 New York Plaza, New York, 10004

The Asian American Legal Defense and Education Fund is seeking pro bono volunteer attorneys to assist in monitoring poll sites during the NYC Primary Elections on September 10 to assess compliance with the federal Voting Rights Act.

In past elections, Asian Americans have faced a series of barriers in exercising their right to vote.  For example, poll workers were hostile and made racist remarks, poll sites had too few interpreters to assist Asian American voters, translated voting materials were missing or hidden from voters, and ballots were mistranslated.

 Volunteers are needed to inspect poll sites for required language assistance, interview voters, and document instances of anti-Asian American voter discrimination.

There will be a ninety minute training session for all volunteers hosted by Fried Frank on Mon., Sept. 9 at 12N.  Lunch will be provided.  All volunteers must be non-partisan during the time that they help.  To sign up, complete the registration form.  Thank you! 

For more information, contact:

Glenn D. Magpantay or Jerry Vattamala at gmagpantay@aaldef.org,jvattamala@aaldef.org or call 212-966-5932.