FREE DACA Clinic in Naples: March 11 from 10-4 PM-Clinica de Acción Diferida Gratis

The Collier County Neighborhood Stories Project is hosting its first ever DACA Clinic on March 11th from 10-4 PM in Naples.

We are bringing, for the first time ever, 4 different law schools to work together on applications for DACA applicants. They include the University of Miami, Florida international University, St. Thomas and Ave Maria law schools.

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Want to know what documents you need to bring with you? Quiere saber cuales documentos tiene que traer con ud?

Click here for English checklist

Click here for Spanish checklist (español)

You can read more about DACA here

Download the flyer in ENGLISH SPANISH

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Domestic Violence in the Immigrant Community and Poli-Migra

Excerpt from ASISTA article, What Can Domestic Violence and Sexual Assault Organizations Do to Help Immigrant Survivors Affected by “Secure Communities” and Related Immigration Enforcement Programs?”

 What is the impact on community policing? 

Law enforcement officials and civil rights organizations across the country have raised serious concerns that Secure Communities, and other laws like it blur the lines between local law enforcement and immigration enforcement, encourage racial profiling, and lead to pretextual arrests for minor offenses (such as traffic violations). These programs threaten public safety and undermine community policing initiatives by eroding the trust of community members. Also, when law enforcement doesn’t help immigrants–exposing them to ICE instead-they are failing in their duty to provide justice and protect the safety of all people in the U.S., regardless of immigration status.

What is the potential impact on immigrant victims of violence? 

Local law enforcement entanglement with ICE puts survivors of domestic violence (DV) and sexual assault (SA) at increased risk in situations such as:

• Dual arrests (arresting both people), particularly where language is a barrier

• Perpetrators calling the police on unfounded allegations in order to expose victims to ICE

• Victims who run the risk of getting arrested for driving without a license (when an abusive spouse who is a citizen or legal permanent resident has refused to legalize their immigration status)

• Local law enforcement entering victims’ fingerprints into the FBI/ICE database because they either incorrectly think they must, because they fail to adequately determine that the person is a victim, or because they think being in the United States without documents is a crime (it is not) and fail to follow ICE prioritization standards

Read more in the ASISTA article

 

Enough is Enough, Senator Rubio: Call-in Days and Letter Writing Campaign

February 18th, 2013

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With an unprecedented number of deportations in the last four years and the recent announcement that ICE has “annual performance goals” to fulfill, our communities are hurting more and more with every passing conversation around “immigration reform”.

What does this mean, anyway? For many families, it doesn’t matter so long as there’s no conversation around a moratorium on deportations. No immigration reform bill or conversation with a legislator can be devoid of the very grim reality that immigrant communities are facing each and every day to survive.

  1. It cannot be devoid of the fact that the government, spending billions on immigration detention, is not a sound fiscal decision. Everyone living in the United States should be treated with dignity and be able to exercise rights afforded to him or her under our laws.
  2. Our current system is broken. Immigrants deserve access to a just, fair legal system; immigrants should not be unfairly detained, nor detained access to legal resources if detained; corporations should not profit off detention.
  3. We need to focus on policies that result in economic growth. Our current detention policy removes people-oftentimes the family breadwinner-from their communities, jobs and families.

So, in this re-energized conversation around immigration reform, it is our duty to make sure these points are uplifted and are heard loud and clear. Tell Senator Marco Rubio that “enough is enough”. 

Here are two things you can do starting NOW:

  1. Call-in Days: It is a simple task with a longstanding effect. For every 1 pro-immigrant call the Senator is getting, 3 more anti-immigrant calls surface. We must take action and call our Senator and Congressmen as many chances as we get.  

Call the Senator at his local Naples Office between 9-5 PM weekdays at 239-213-1521 or his DC office at 202-224-3041

       2.  Write a personalized letter to Senator Rubio to be on the “right side” of history. Tell             him that enough is enough for immigrant families who can longer live with fear of being deported or separated from their families. We need comprehensive immigration reform that fixes our broken system once and for all.

     We will deliver letters on February 28th when we meet with Marco Rubio’s Staff. Our            goal is to have at least 500 letters written, including from those detained or family members of detained loved ones. 

You can send letters to Collier County Neighborhood Stories Project at 15275 Collier Blvd #201-152 Naples, FL 34119. Email us at info@collierstoriesmatter.org if you have questions

A Natural Disaster and a Young Girl’s Dream

A Natural Disaster and a Young Girl’s Dream

By Alicia Argeñal 

ScanLittle did I know how a natural disaster would change my life, as I knew it.

My family and I were stranded in the United States after Hurricane Mitch struck Honduras in 1998. I was 12 years old. Initially we had only come for a family vacation, but we soon found out how quickly our plans changed.

My parents decided to stay, not knowing the implications of this decision at the time. Because Honduras was designated as country for its citizens to receive legal relief, we were granted Temporary Protective Status (TPS) in 1999.

At the time, this was a blessing in disguise because it allowed us to live and survive in a new country. But now, more than 10 years since Honduras’ designation, I live a life in limbo. At any moment, the government could decide that Honduras no longer requires this special designation and TPS can be taken away not just for me, but for the hundreds of other Hondurans living like this. Since TPS itself does not confer legal status, there is no way for my family or I to apply for residency or even citizenship. We cannot leave the country to visit our relatives because this would make us deportable.

To me, it is becoming an unintended consequence of not only a catastrophe that took place in my home country, but the broken immigration laws that don’t permit legal movement of displaced individuals like myself.

I am now 26 years old and in the prime of my young adult life. Although I worked hard academically in high school to reach college, I was unable to pursue any type of degree because of the exorbitant amount being charged for “out of state” and “international” students. This came to me as a shock as I’ve lived in this country for 14 years. The fact that I would be the first in my family to attend college keeps my hopes alive.

I know that I can’t sit around waiting for something to happen. I need to MAKE it happen.

Being part of the Collier County Neighborhood Stories Project has made me realized this important difference for my life. I know that it will take many more people to step up and do something about the many injustices in our community. But at least I know that I currently belong to an initiative that believes in my personal and professional development and believes in me and my dreams.

 But we need your help.

Our growth is tied to our community’s investment and belief that we CAN make a difference. We are in the process of expanding our infrastructure to develop more strategies to combat criminalization and racial profiling, more informative trainings and workshops for the community to protect themselves and their families and more tactics to help people like me achieve their dreams.

 Will you help me? Consider becoming a monthly sustainer. 

Contribute to my development within this great initiative and to my dreams to continue pursuing my education. At a minimum, it can cost you as little as $20 a month to invest in us. You will have the satisfaction of bringing light to the lives of individuals still living in the shadows.

I’ll leave you with some photos of my mother, who like many mothers, try to do right by their children. Please consider investing in my community and me as my mother did.

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