Community Navigators are trusted community members who receive specialized training to provide quality immigration assistance for their communities in an empowering and effective way. The ultimate goal of the training program is to build the capacity of community-based organizations and service providers to serve immigrant communities, develop the leadership of immigrants and refugees, and to prevent the unauthorized practice of law.
PICC’s Community Navigator Curriculum is inspired by the CIRI National Community Navigator Training and adapted to the needs of immigrant and refugee communities in Pennsylvania. After completing the training program, PICC Community Navigators will:
- Understand the basic of immigration law and the current enforcement policies.
- Be able to organize and lead community education workshops on Know Your Rights and Deportation Defense
- Know how to help community members complete deportation defense plans and packets
- Perform immigration relief eligibility screenings under the supervision of an immigration attorney
- Obtain the skills to assist community members applying for status change or citizenship at a pro se legal clinic
- Gain valuable leadership and employment skills
PICC has designed a certification program for community members and leaders to become certified Community Navigators. In order to become a PICC certified Community Navigator, participants must:
- Complete the PICC Community Navigator Certification Agreement
- Attend the entire Community Navigator Core Curriculum (Modules 1-6)
- Complete and submit all follow-up review worksheets for each module
- Update the training log after attending each training module
- Submit a completed certification agreement and training log to Kim Dinh
- Commit to volunteering at, or organizing, a minimum of 3 community information sessions or legal clinics
PICC staff will review all materials submitted by participants and award certificate of completion to all who qualify. All certified Community Navigators will receive recognition at our annual Statewide Immigrant and Refugee Rights Convening. Undergoing the certification process is encouraged, but not a requirement, to attend any of our trainings.
Visit our PICC Community Navigator Curriculum page to learn more about our training program and check our calendar of events for upcoming training dates. Contact Kim Dinh, Western PA Program Staff Member, with further questions.