Assisting Immigrant Communities from Undocumented to Citizenship

LEARN is coordinating a one-day training presented by ICIRR (Illinois Coalition for Immigrant and Refugee Rights) called “Assisting Immigrant Communities from Undocumented to Citizenship” on Wednesday, March 15, 2017 from 9 a.m.-4:30 p.m. at Oak Park Library (834 Lake St, Oak Park).
Below is a tentative agenda and a description of the training modules. There will be one hour for lunch, and we can provide a list of nearby places to eat for those who do not bring a lunch. If you are interested in attending, please email
9:00 a.m. Refreshments and Sign-in
9:15 a.m. Module 1: Background & Introduction to Community Navigators (CN)
Community navigators (or promotores) are community members who receive specialized training to provide quality immigration information for their communities in an empowering and effective way. Community navigators are also liaisons between their community, legal service providers, social service organizations, and government representatives. They are often advocates, educators, mentors, and interpreters in their communities working in organizations, schools, libraries etc.
9:25 a.m. Group Activity: Immigration Timeline
9:40 a.m. Module 2: Immigration 101
Learn basic immigration law concepts (e.g. types of status, family-based immigration, etc.), discuss primary avenues for seeking legal status affirmatively, and understand what we mean when we talk about the “broken immigration system.”
10:45  a.m. Break
10:55 a.m. Module 9: Naturalization 101
Learn the basics of naturalization eligibility and how to prepare community members for their pathway from legal permanent residency to citizenship.
12:00 p.m. Lunch
1:00 p.m. Module 5: Avoiding Unauthorized Practice of Law & Identifying Legal Help
Ensure that CNs understand the “bright lines” that demarcate practicing law and that CN’s are
equipped with simple, practical, and effective strategies to respond to communities’ hunger to know where they stand legally. Provide strategies on when and how to make legal referrals; and, provide strategies on when and how to report fraud.
1:45 p.m. Break
2:00 p.m. Module 10: Know Your Rights
During this presentation, participants will learn what to do and not to do in case of an immigration raid, what are their basic rights with immigration -regardless of legal status- and how to share the information learned to others. Issues: DACA, Detention, Consulate, Islamophobia, Hate Crimes, FSN/KYR Cards.
4:15 p.m. Post-assessment & Evaluation
4:30 p.m. End of Training
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