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Advocacy & Coalition Building How-To

Last updated May 3 2017    

In partnership with the Linking Communities Project and HIAS, we developed these how-to guides on Advocacy and Coalition Building for use with refugee community leaders across the country. These are general guides that can be used by any group that wants to learn more about how to get started with conducting advocacy efforts, or building […]

Advocacy Day Report (2015)

Last updated Jan 22 2017    

On April 20, 2015 immigrant and refugee community members, advocates and allies convened in Harrisburg to talk to legislators about issues affecting immigrant and refugee communities in Pennsylvania.

Advocacy Packet (2015)  

Last updated Jan 22 2017    

The 2015 Advocacy Packet was put together for use during PICC’s annual Immigrant and Refugee Advocacy Day on April 20th, 2015. We have made the packet available for use by any individual or organization who would like materials for local meetings with their elected representatives.

Family Preparation

Last updated May 17 2017    

Following recent executive orders that call for increased enforcement, community members are advised to prepare their families for the potential, worst case scenario that one or more family members are picked up by ICE. This is a very difficult conversation for our families to have. Download and share the following family preparation flyers for families […]

Immigrant and Refugee Day of Action Toolkit

Last updated May 17 2017    

After the recent attacks on immigrant and refugee communities at both the state and federal level, it is time to come together and lift up an inclusive, welcoming, and diverse vision for Pennsylvania!

Know Your Rights

Last updated Feb 14 2017    

Do you know what to do if ICE comes to your door? Download resources to help educate your family and community!

Opening the Courthouse Doors to Limited English Proficient Individuals

Last updated Jan 21 2017    

On the afternoon of March 16, 2015 the Pennsylvania Bar Institute (PBI) is presenting a four hour half-day seminar “Opening the Courthouse Doors to Limited English Proficient Individuals- Language Access in PA Courts and Administrative Agencies” which has been planned and organized by attorneys with PICC member agencies Friends of Farmworkers, Inc. and Community Legal Services, Inc. PBI has set a special advanced registration rate of $29 for paralegals and interpreters interested in participating in this training that will include access to extensive written materials.

Philadelphia Ballot Initiative on Language Access

Last updated Jan 22 2017    

If you live and vote in Philadelphia, this year you can vote on Ballot Question #3, a ballot initiative on language access. If this initiative passes, it will ensure that uniform language access standards are followed by all city agencies, boards, and commissions. Newly covered agencies include the City Council and ‘row offices’ such as the City Commissioners, the District Attorney, the Board of Revision of Taxes, and the Sheriff.

Refugees Welcome PA Toolkit (2015)  

Last updated Jan 22 2017    

Many national figures are using the tragic events in Paris and Beirut as a reason to promote anti-refugee hatred and fear and promote legislation to limit the resettlement of Syrian and all refugees into the United States. In November the House passed H.R 4038, the “American Security Against Foreign Enemies (SAFE) Actof 2015 which makes it nearly impossible to resettle refugees especially from Syria and Iraq.

REPORT: A Changing Landscape: Pennsylvania Counties Reevaluate Policies on Immigration Detainers

Last updated Jan 16 2017    

We are excited to announce the release of A Changing Landscape: Pennsylvania Counties Reevaluate Policies on Immigration Detainers, a report by the Sheller Center for Social Justice on immigration detainer policies across Pennsylvania. According to this report, about half of Pennsylvania counties no longer hold individuals in local jails at the request of U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) after they are otherwise eligible to be released.

Shut Down Berks Toolkit

Last updated Apr 25 2017    

Pennsylvania is currently home to the Berks County Family Detention Center (BCRC), one of three detention centers for immigrant families, where children as young as two-weeks-old have been incarcerated. Many of the families currently at BCRC have been unjustly held for more than a year. You Can Help! Download the materials, organize a call in […]

Stop HB1885 – Advocacy Resources (2016)

Last updated May 17 2017    

The Pennsylvania Senate is expected to vote this week on HB1885, a bill that would punish cities and counties that limit collaboration with ICE, and would increase racial profiling in PA. If passed into law, this bill would make our communities less safe and would open every municipality in PA to costly litigation.

Testimony from City Council Hearing on Philadelphia Compliance With ICE Holds

Last updated Jun 19 2017    

On Wednesday, March 12th, City Council held a historic public hearing on Philadelphia’s compliance with ICE holds, which are non-mandatory requests from the federal immigration enforcement office to local Philadelphia law enforcement to hold someone who should otherwise be released. Immigrant leaders, advocates, and allies took the stand before Council’s Public Safety Committee to discuss the devastating impact of ICE holds on immigrant communities in Philadelphia and to call on the Mayor to work with community organizations to draft a new policy that ends all ICE holds.

Tuition Equity Toolkit (2017)

Last updated Jun 1 2017    

This toolkit includes 3 easy ways for advocates and allies to support the campaign for tuition equity. All materials, including tips, fact sheets and social media graphics are downloadable from this page. If you have any questions, or want to get more involved, please contact PICC’s youth organizer, Maria Sotomayor at: 215-832-3482 or mariasotomayor@paimmigrant.org.   […]

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