Seeking Volunteers and Interns!



DEADLINE: Applications will be received on a rolling basis

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Position overview: The Collier County Neighborhood Stories Project is seeking interns to start immediately. The ideal candidates will be fast learners with a strong interest in immigrant rights. Previous experience working with coalitions and distributed teams successfully is a plus. The interns will report directly to Project Coordinator. Position location varies.  This is an unpaid internship but we will work with students to facilitate school credit. Position descriptions are included at the end.

We will interview with potential candidates as deemed necessary

Commitment: flexible, preferable at least 8-10 hours per week; start date and duration are negotiable , a courtesy notice of a least 2 weeks prior to leaving is required

Candidates must have their own transportation, phone and laptop.

Some responsibilities for positions will overlap so that all interns gain experience in related fields.

Intern positions include:

  • Deferred Action Program
  • Development (Fundraising and Grant Writing)

The number of interns for each position will vary.

Location(s): Naples and Immokalee, FL (the area of Collier County) and/or can work remotely

Internship Application 2013

Newspress Article: Collier County Neighborhood Stories Project asks Rubio for immigration reform that keeps families together

Collier County Neighborhood Stories Project asks Rubio for immigration reform that keeps families together
Written by Christina Cepero
Feb. 27

Newspress article online PDF 

Bonita Springs resident Jorge Rodriguez never wants to be separated from his family again.

In June 2011, the 34-year-old Mexican native was stopped on I-75 on his way to a remodeling job in Miami. When he couldn’t provide documents showing legal status, he was taken by U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement to the Broward Transitional Center.

“Daddy, when are you going to come back?” his two young children asked him when he talked to them on the phone.

After being detained there for two months, he was able to go home after paying a $5,000 bond, but his immigration status remains in limbo.

Rodriguez joined a dozen other advocates of the Florida Immigrant Coalition’s Say Yes to Citizenship campaign today during a meeting with Sen. Marco Rubio’s legislative aide, Zach Zampella, at Edison State College in Naples. Media was not allowed into the meeting.

“We need Sen. Rubio to be on board and say yes to an immigration reform that benefits our communities and our families,” said Angela Cisneros, a volunteer with the Collier County Neighborhood Stories Project, at a press conference before the meeting.

“We not only want him to consider a real and reasonable path to citizenship but to push for a moratorium on deportations which would benefit the many currently detained who could qualify for eventual immigration reform.”

Press contacts for Rubio did not return a voicemail or email from The News-Press this afternoon.

The Collier County Sheriff’s Office detained 2,956 individuals between fiscal year 2008 and the start of fiscal year 2012, according to case-by-case records obtained by the Transactional Records Access Clearinghouse through a Freedom of Information Act request. Of those, 2,034, or 69 percent, had not been convicted of a crime and 922 had.

In Lee County, 1,225 were detained. Of those, 835, or 68 percent, had no criminal record, and 390 did.

Grey Torrico, also with the Collier County Neighborhood Stories Project, said Rubio’s aide did not address the request for a moratorium on deportations.

“We went in there knowing that a lot of the conversation was going to revolve around operational control of the border,” Torrico said. “He did speak about this nebulous framework around citizenship. … It doesn’t seem like a really concrete laid-out plan.”

Dr. Juan Puerto, who has worked in Immokalee for 30 years, said he sees children who have stopped smiling after a parent was deported.

“They’re depressed; they get behind in school,” he said. “When you disrupt a family, you disrupt the basic unit of society.”

Pastor Miguel Fernando Estrada Salvador, who runs La Mision Bethel Farmworker Ministry in Immokalee, doesn’t want to see any more families torn apart. He said it’s often the breadwinner who is deported, putting the family in a difficult economic situation.

“We just came here to work,” said Maria Bautista, 28, of Naples, who attended with her two young daughters who were born in the United States, adding she and her husband don’t drive for fear of being deported. “We don’t want them to suffer like their parents have.”

Immigration attorney Alex Vernon said: “These people are workers, business owners, employers, mothers, fathers, neighbors and community members. The businesses and communities and families that depend on them are sorely challenged by these indiscriminate immigration detention and enforcement polices, and I think that this community deserves better.”

Paul Midney, a nurse at an Immokalee clinic, urged Rubio to not make the process unnecessarily burdensome. “The harder you make it for families to legalize and to normalize, it just is more difficult for the children to become successful later on in life and to get the educational opportunities so they can reach their potential,” he said.

Comunicado de Prensa: Jornada Legal de Acción Diferida y Reunión Comunitaria en Naples


Contacte: Andres Machado, 239-595-6064,

Jornada Legal de Acción Diferida y Reunión Comunitaria en Naples

 El Proyecto: Colección de Voces y FL Sueño se unen en colaboración para traer una clinica legal gratis con apoyo legal de 3 escuelas de leyes diferentes

Cuando: Lunes, 11 de marzo de las 10 AM hasta las 4 PM, seguida por una reunión comunitaria a las 7 PM en el mismo lugar

 Donde: New Haitian Church of the Nazarene

5085 Bayshore Drive, Naples, FL 34112

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Quienes: Collier County Neighborhood Stories Project (CCNSP) o Proyecto: Colección de Voces en español, FL Dream, Florida Immigrant Coalition (FLIC), Florida International University (FIU) – College of Law, University of Miami Law School, Ave Maria Law School, and Students Working for Equal Rights (SWER)

 Naples, FL – Como el primer pare de una gira estatal por el grupo FL Sueño, el condado de Collier realizará una jornada legal sobre la acción diferida para aquellos estudiantes o jovenes indocumentados que puedan calificar. La jornada proveerá servicios gratuitos incluyendo ayuda con la aplicación y repaso de documentos. Los servicios se darán en ingles y español por abogados certificados de Miami. Citas están disponibles pero se aceptarán individuos sin turno previo.

“Estoy entusiasmado en tomar el liderazgo en esta nueva iniciativa del Proyecto: Colección de Voces,” dice Andres Machado, un estudiante destacado de FGCU y nuevo coordinador de esta jornada. “Estamos esperando llegar a cientos de jovenes en el area, hasta aquellos en Fort Myers, si es posible.”

La clinica estará abierta al publico empezando a las 10 AM hasta las 4 PM y directamente después se auspiciará en el mismo lugar una reunión comunitaria a las 7 PM. La reunión comunitaria estará abierta a participantes de la clinica quienes quieren aprender sobre temas de inmigración local y quieren continuar realizando estas clinicas gratuitas en el área.

Andres añade: “los individuos asistiendo deberían tomar nota traer evidencia en forma de documentos para repasarla con los abogados presentes. Tenemos una lista de documentos que se deberían traer. ”

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El Proyecto: Colección de Voces es una iniciativa comunitaria que involucra y empodera a la comunidad inmigrante en el condado de Collier para que tome acción en las areas de la criminalización, discriminación racial y temas de poli-migra. Desde el 2012, el Proyecto ha realizado más de 30 entrenamientos de conocer tus derechos en 5 condados diferentes y ha entrenado más de 700 personas. Puedes visitar el sitio web

FL Sueño es una campaña para ayudar a jóvenes indocumentados de bajos ingresos que desean aplicar Acción Diferida para los Llegadas en la Infancia (DACA por sus siglas en inglés). La campaña fue creada a mediados de 2012 por SWER, Pico Florida, FIU, Americanos por la Justicia Inmigrante y la Coalición de Inmigrantes de Florida. Desde entonces, FLSueño ha organizado 10 clínicas legales gratuitas en Miami, Broward y Homestead, ayudando a cerca de 4.000 familias de inmigrantes y finalizando cerca de 1.000 aplicaciones. Los solicitantes pueden pedir una cita en