Pennsylvania Immigration and Citizenship Coalition

Relay Across America: PA Week of Action April 19-23

Last updated May 3 2021    PICC Blog

From April 19-23, immigrant serving organizations and immigrant leaders across Pennsylvania will be lifting up a collective message that Congress must provide a pathway to citizenship for all, end deportations, and include all families in COVID relief.

Welcome Maria Tinoco!

Last updated Apr 14 2021    PICC Blog

Maria Tinoco is PICC’s new Capacity Development Director. Maria will be taking over leadership of all of PICC’s public education and capacity building work, including Community Navigator trainings, developing educational webinars and materials, and building programs to support member organizations. Maria was raised in Reading, PA after migrating from Mexico at the age of four. […]

Statement on Violence Against Asian Pacific Islander Communities

Last updated Apr 14 2021    PICC Blog

The Pennsylvania Immigration and Citizenship Coalition (PICC) joins in solidarity with the Asian and Pacific Islander (API) community. We are disheartened and outraged by the violent deaths of Hyun Jung Grant, Xiaojie Tan, Yong Ae Yue, Suncha Kim, Soon Chung Park, Daoyou Feng, Delaina Ashley Yaun, and Paul Andre Michels along with the critical wounding […]

Update on Executive Transition

Last updated May 4 2021    PICC Blog

A year ago, I announced that I would be leaving PICC in 2021. As my final day at PICC draws closer, I wanted to give all of you an update on our transition process.

Join PICC’s Team: Capacity Development Director

Last updated Jan 13 2021    PICC Blog

The Capacity Development Director will be focused on helping PICC answer the question: how do we build the organizational capacity, individual leadership, and infrastructure of our movement so that immigrant communities can access the services they need and have powerful vehicles for creating systemic and structural change?
Applications will be accepted until the position is filled, with a final deadline of February 15, 2021.

PA Immigrant Relief Fund – Report

Last updated Mar 1 2021    PICC Blog

The PA Immigrant Relief Fund was a joint project of PA is Ready! and Philadelphia-Area Immigrant Collective Action to provide direct emergency assistance to people excluded from federal COVID-19 assistance programs due to their immigration status or the immigration status of a family member and were in need of immediate financial assistance.

Join PICC’s Team: Policy Director

Last updated Oct 16 2020    PICC Blog

The Policy Director will be focused on helping PICC answer the question: how do we change the political landscape in Pennsylvania to win more pro-immigrant policies and stop all anti-immigrant policies?

Applications will be considered on a rolling basis with a final deadline of November 15, 2020.

Join PICC’s Team: Executive Director

Last updated Oct 5 2020    PICC Blog

The Executive Director of PICC is a highly effective communicator, masterful storyteller and bridge builder who demonstrates the ability to lead collaboration among groups representing multiple nationalities, languages, ethnicities, religions, and other identities and their intersections. They are a compassionate, persistent, and adaptable leader who will strengthen PICC’s vision.

Applications will be reviewed on a rolling basis until the position is filled, ideal start date will be February 2021.

Supreme Court Supports DACA: Immigrant Families Able to Keep Protections

Last updated Jun 18 2020    Press Center

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: June 18, 2020 CONTACT: Maria Sotomayor, 610-883-3459 Pennsylvania –  Today, the Supreme Court announced in a 5-4 ruling that President Trump did not have the authority to end Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program cases.  This decision impacts the lives of over 700,000 current DACA recipients and their families across the […]


Last updated Jan 27 2021    PICC Blog

The Pennsylvania Immigration and Citizenship Coalition (PICC) stands in solidarity with the Black Lives Matter Movement.


Last updated Jul 6 2020    Action Archive

ACTION DEADLINE: June 30, 2020
Help restore funding for PAIFUP and ask Philadelphia City Councilmembers and Mayor Kenney to commit to continuing to protect Philly’s immigrants, families, and communities.

Pennsylvania: Release Our Families

Last updated May 31 2020    Action Alerts

ACTION DEADLINE: Weekly until June 30, 2020
Join us every Wednesday to call on state and county officials to release everyone in ICE detention. RSVP to the Facebook event to get weekly updates.

PA COVID-19 Resources for Immigrant Communities

Last updated Sep 28 2020    PICC Blog

PICC has put together this open-source list of resources for organizations and individuals working with immigrant and refugee communities in Pennsylvania. You can also view this document directly. Support the PA Immigrant Relief Fund, a statewide fund that will provide direct emergency assistance to people excluded from federal COVID-19 assistance programs due to their immigration […]

Fill Out the 2020 Census Today!

Last updated Oct 27 2020    PICC Blog

The 2020 Census is happening this year! The census only happens once every 10 years, and will impact each of us – our friends, our families, our neighbors, our communities- for the next decade and beyond. By completing the census form we can ensure that our community gets important resources for things like our schools […]

Message From Our Executive Director

Last updated Mar 9 2021    PICC Blog

At PICC’s 2019 fall membership meeting I made an important announcement, and as PICC’s valued supporters, I wanted to make sure you heard the news directly from me.

PA is Ready! Creates Vision for Expanding Community-Led Immigration Services in PA

Last updated Oct 2 2019    PICC Blog

PA is Ready! strives to be an adaptive, well-coordinated Pennsylvania statewide network of organizations – rooted in and serving diverse immigrant and refugee communities – that is equipped to: Make legal and other immigration services accessible; Build power, organizational capacity, and the leadership of immigrant community members; and Address community-identified needs and root causes in […]

PICC is Hiring: Resource Development Manager

Last updated Nov 5 2019    PICC Blog

The Pennsylvania Immigration and Citizenship Coalition (PICC) is a diverse coalition of over 50 member organizations across the state. Our mission is to advance immigrant rights and promote immigrants’ full integration into society by advocating with a unified voice for greater public understanding and welcoming public policies throughout Pennsylvania. PICC leads and supports campaigns to […]

April 25: National Day of Action to #EndFamilyDetention

Last updated Aug 20 2019    Action Archive

On April 25th, organizations across the country are calling for the end of immigrant family detention, separation, and deportation. The ongoing violations to human and due process rights, the physical and mental abuse and medical neglect by ICE and the Border Patrol are immoral and disgusting. These attacks on the immigrant community must cease immediately […]

PICC is Hiring: Youth Organizer

Last updated Aug 5 2019    PICC Blog

PICC’s youth organizing project aims to strengthen leadership among immigrant communities by helping immigrant and refugee youth become grassroots organizers and leaders of immigrant rights campaigns.

Take Action to Keep Fee Waivers for Citizenship Applications

Last updated Aug 20 2019    Action Archive

Action Deadline: November 27, 2018
The Trump administration has proposed a regulation change that will prevent an estimated hundreds of thousands of elderly and working poor immigrants from becoming United States citizens every year by prohibiting the use of income-verified public benefits as a way of establishing an inability to pay application fees.

PICC is Hiring: Statewide Political Director

Last updated Feb 4 2019    PICC Blog

The Statewide Political Director will lead PICC’s efforts to increase the political power of immigrant and refugee communities to pass policies at the local and state level. Please submit resume and cover letter via email to

Public Charge Rule: What is it and how will it impact PA?

Last updated Oct 23 2018    PICC Blog

On September 22, the Trump administration released the text of the proposed public charge rule change and announced it would soon be published for comment. If the rule is ­finalized in its proposed form, this would mark a significant and harmful departure from the current policy. For over a hundred years, the government has recognized […]