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For Immediate Release

September 17, 2013

Pro Bono Net                                    



Karin Romans, Pro Bono Net

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National Citizenship Day Event Celebrates New Americans

New and Aspiring Americans, Business Leaders and Immigration Advocates Highlight Citizenship and Prosperity

Pro Bono Net's Mark O'Brien Part of National Press Conference


WASHINGTON, D.C. (September 17, 2013) -  This morning, aspiring Americans, immigration advocates and business leaders gathered at the Hyatt Regency Washington -- a few blocks from Capitol Hill -- to celebrate National Citizenship Day with a press conference on the clear connection between citizenship and prosperity for immigrants, their communities and the nation's economy.

The event, one of several dozen planned nationwide for National Citizenship Day by the New Americans Campaign, highlighted how local and national service providers are leading the effort to integrate eligible immigrants through programs such as The Bethlehem Project and CitizenshipWorks.

Business leaders, service providers and immigration reform advocates shared the ways in which they seek to provide solutions to the issue of immigrant integration. Aspiring Americans receiving assistance with their citizenship applications will share their stories on why they are pursuing citizenship and how the New Americans Campaign integration programs are helping make that dream a reality.

Following the press conference, media have the opportunity to ask questions and conduct one-on-one interviews with national service providers, participants and business executives in Spanish and English. They will also have the opportunity to view a citizenship session at 1 p.m. EDT and 3 p.m. EDT.

Pro Bono Net's Executive Director, Mark O'Brien, will present on the intersection of technology and citizenship services.

"Taking the first step towards citizenship - finding out if you're actually eligible and how to move forward - can be daunting," says O'Brien. "Immigrants are often early adopters of technology, which is why CitizenshipWorks provides easy-to-use online tools to help low and moderate income individuals answer important questions about their eligibility, better understand the process and prepare for their citizenship tests."



This work is made possible by the collaboration of the national New Americans Campaign

funders: The Carnegie Corporation of New York, The Grove Foundation, The Evelyn and Walter

Haas, Jr. Fund, The John S. & James L. Knight Foundation,




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