Our Work

Issue advocacy and organizing form the core of PICC’s work and are supported by our civic engagement and capacity building and leadership development work. PICC’s primary focus is building statewide capacity and leadership to advance immigrant rights.  

Advocacy & Organizing

  • Building support for comprehensive immigration reform, including a pathway to citizenship for present and future immigrants, worker protections, and removal of backlogs to family reunification
  • Building support for pro-immigrant state legislation, such as tuition equity policies that allow increased access to higher education for undocumented youth, or policies allowing all residents of the state to obtain driver's licenses
  • Educating state and local lawmakers about immigrant issues and immigrant contributions
  • Promoting effective community policing and improving relationships between law enforcement and immigrant communities
  • Improving access to health care for immigrant communities
  • Increasing language access to public services for limited English speakers

 

Civic Engagement & Promoting Citizenship 

  • Voter registration and mobilization of new citizens – over 20,000 new citizens registered to vote since 2003
  • Educational forums and phone banks to educate and empower new citizens about their voting rights
  • Training on public policy issues and the legislative process
  • Creation of community education materials such as the PA Voting Guide for New Citizens in partnership with the Pennsylvania Department of State and USCIS
  • Community training on citizenship eligibility, the application process, risks and benefits of applying for citizenship and available resources
  • Citizenship Days, providing free (pro-bono) legal assistance to those eligible to apply for U.S. citizenship, with a special focus on underserved areas of the state and low income communities

 

Capacity Building & Leadership Development

  • Interactive, capacity building trainings and resource manuals on topics such as: immigrant access to health care and public benefits, citizenship, public safety and victims assistance
  • Leadership development and skills training
  • Coalition meetings where advocates network and expand their knowledge base
  • Special training sessions that focus intensively on specific issue areas
  • Resource manuals on eligibility and application for many services and public benefits

Click on each of the program headings for more detailed information about that program