On any given day, NMCIR is bustling with folks dealing with a myriad of immigration issues. Seventy percent of them are women with children and a median income of $15,000 or less. Many are concerned about deportation and their rights under the new administration. They worry about what to do if they are stopped by ICE; having an assigned lawyer; a safety plan, a person assigned to care for their children, or a plan for their assets in case they are detained.
Imagine having to wake up and go to sleep with these fears every single day.
This is the reality of many in the immigrant community. And it has only gotten worse. The new administration has made good on many campaign promises and the attacks on immigrant rights continue (from repealing DACA to the arrest and detention of some of America’s most vulnerable people in acts that amount to flagrant violations of our communities’ rights). Now the administration seeks to do away with family petitions and put in place a merit-based system—one that will inevitably keep tearing families apart.
Now, more than ever there is great need for the kind of services NMCIR provides and has provided for the last 35 years. We are bursting at the seams to serve the volume of folks that walk through our doors on a daily basis. In order to meet that need AND celebrate our 35th anniversary, NMCIR has decided to expand. This holiday season we’re hoping to raise at least $50,000 for that expansion and we need help.
YOUR DOLLARS IN ACTION
Your donations will help us expand to meet the increased and urgent needs of our community. You can rest easy knowing that over 80% of our donations go to programs while the rest goes to no-less-important operational costs. Here’s what your dollars will help us do:
1. GROW OUR STAFF
We desperately need to double our staff. In the last year, the rate of detention and deportation has increased creating an increased and pressing demand for immigration legal services. Currently, our appointments are booked into January and we’re still serving a massive influx of walk-ins on a daily basis. Growing our staff will allow us to serve more of the community.
2. GROW OUR SPACE
We desperately need to expand our space. There are over 200 people currently on the waiting list for our free English and Civics classes, and though we currently offer 13 classes, we understand the need is high and we'd like to offer more slots. An expanded legal team and class schedule will require more space, which will also allow us to develop a one-of-a-kind workers' center where clients will be able to participate in a number of education and training programs.
3. GROW OUR BOND FUND
We desperately need more funds to continue to help detained immigrants be reunited with their families instead of alone in cells. Once released, their cases move from the detained docket to the non-detained docket and their chances of being allowed to stay increase dramatically.
SOME NUMBERS WE'RE PROUD OF
13 FREE classes offered every quarter to support adult learning in English and for those taking the U.S. citizenship exam. That's nearly THREE TIMES MORE than last year's 5 classes.
100%: Every single student in one of our spring quarter Civic's classes passed their exam and became U.S. citizens.
400+: NMCIR has worked with over 400 DACA recipients to ensure they know their rights. We submitted renewals for eligible clients and have continued to advocate for a clean DREAM act.
$19,000+: Over the course of three months we raised over $19,000 dollars to fund bond and deportation relief.
3000 one-on-one consultations
1500 FREE screenings for citizenship eligibility (which translates to higher wages and more benefits for naturalized immigrants)
670 immigration relief applications filed (including DACA, Temporary Protective Status, and Adjustments of Status)
97% of our clients have affirmative outcomes with their applications
2500+ wage theft and know your rights trainings throughout 25 locations around New York City.
This holiday season we're asking that you help us expand our work to meet the new and growing needs of our community.
Yours in struggle,
Angela, Cynthia, Griselda, Julia Magalys, Anthony, Katy, Yenifer, Maria Fernanda and Mechi