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Paving the Way for New Americans in Philly (PA)

Monday, March 19, 2018

Paving the Way for New Americans in Philly

"Philadelphia is the latest U.S. city to join in the New Americans Campaign (NAC), a multi-organizational collaborative network supporting eligible immigrants in the naturalization process in over 20 metropolitan areas across the country.

Established in 2011 and funded by the John S. and James L. Knight Foundation, the Carnegie Corporation of New York, Democracy Fund, and Open Society Foundations, among others, the national network works with partner organizations in cities across the nation to support lawful permanent residents that are eligible for naturalization with legal assistance, information, and increased physical and financial accessibility to services necessary in the process of becoming a citizen.

The new Philadelphia branch of the initiative, launched March 15, will work with an inaugural group of six local immigrant-serving organizations — Catholic Social Services, HIAS PA, Esperanza Immigration Legal Services, the Southeast Asian Mutual Assistance Associations Commission (SEAMAAC), the African Cultural Alliance of North America (ACANA), and the Welcoming Center for New Pennsylvanians — to help 500 Philadelphia-area lawful permanent residents become naturalized citizens by the end of June..."

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