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In keeping with the mission of NEIPJC to further peaceful conflict resolution, compassion and social justice, human rights, interfaith cooperation, and sustainable environmental justice, the Immigration Working Group continues to support immigrants in Northeast Iowa and advocate for Immigration Reform. 

The Immigration Working Group is composed of 15 active members and a wider group of supporters that we can call on for help with our work. 

In keeping with the Center’s dedication to community education and hosting, our site has become a center for the various community programs dealing with local immigration issues. Other organizations in the area with whom we collaborate are the Decorah Area Faith Coalition, UCC-Neighbors Helping Neighbors & Legal Fund, Good Shepherd, Path to Citizenship, AMMPARO, and Indivisible. An online table identifying local immigration resources and volunteer opportunities can be found at <immigrationneia.org> 

Activities

Provide transportation for immigrants, locally and regionally


Distribute Christmas gifts and donated clothing, furniture, food, etc. for newly arrived families and orient them to available resources 


Translate & help families obtain services & meet needs 


Legal Aid: Support quarterly legal clinics by JFON (Justice for Our Neighbors) and Catholic Charities legal aid, raise funds for other legal expenses
 

Provide loans and grants for immigration related costs and other short term needs


Provide a variety of educational opportunities within the community to increase awareness of immigration related issues, including movie screenings


Advocate locally and at the federal level for humane immigration policies, work to keep current on immigration law and trends

Future Projects

Promote initiatives at county libraries to make them more accessible to Spanish- speakers


Work toward after school/summer mentoring program for immigrant youth in conjunction with Helping Services