Pennsylvania Immigration and Citizenship Coalition

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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.

DACA Delay Materials (2016)

Last updated May 17 2017    

Due to a technical error this spring by the United States Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS), DACA renewal application have been delayed for thousands of young people across the country. In Pennsylvania, that means hundreds of young people are currently facing the loss of jobs, health coverage and financial aid, and are being pushed back into the shadows and the fear of possible deportation and separation from their families.

DACA Resources (2017)

Last updated Sep 13 2017    

With the Sept. 5th, 2017 announcement ending Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA), the Trump Administration has upended the lives of hundreds of thousands of young people and their families. In this moment it is important that communities are receiving accurate information about what the end of DACA means for them, and what they can […]

Dreamers Initiative Application

Last updated Oct 9 2017    

Through the Dreamers Initiative PA is Ready! will be providing assistance to young Pennsylvanians in renewing their DACA permits before the final deadline of Oct. 5, 2017.

Education Access Toolkit for Undocumented Students

Last updated Mar 15 2018    

Undocumented students face unique challenges when applying for college. Some colleges and universities view undocumented students as out-of-state or international students, and charge higher tuition rates than for other residents of Pennsylvania. Many scholarships and types of financial aid are not open to undocumented students. For many students, this means putting a hold on or ending to dreams of attending college.

Family Preparation

Last updated Feb 5 2018    

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!

Module 1: Overview of Immigration Law

Last updated Jan 25 2018    

The first module provides an overview of U.S. immigration law to help Navigators understand the functioning and shortcoming of the U.S. immigration system. Navigators will learn about the four primary paths for immigrating to the United States, as well as be able to distinguish between different non-immigrant and immigrant status, and identify potential forms of […]

Module 2: Know Your Rights

Last updated Jan 25 2018    

Recent changes to immigration enforcement policy have made all immigrants a priority for deportation. More than ever, it is crucial that immigrant understand their rights when interacting with law enforcement officers. The first half of this module focuses on helping Navigators learn about the rights of immigrants when interacting with police and ICE officers. Navigators […]

Module 3: Deportation Defense

Last updated Jan 25 2018    

Increased ICE raids have produced increased fear and uncertainty in immigrant communities across the country. Having a deportation defense plan can ease anxiety, mitigate the unforeseen consequences of being detained by ICE, and help immigrant families better defend themselves against deportation. This module focuses on understanding what immigrant communities can do to protect themselves and […]

Module 4: Eligibility Screening

Last updated Jan 25 2018    

One of the primary ways Navigators assist lawyers and DOJ accredited representatives is by completing eligibility screenings. In this module, Navigators learn how to use and complete the eligibility-screening tool. They also learn how to properly interview others and address sensitive questions while screening other community members during a pro se legal clinic under the […]

Module 5: Citizenship

Last updated Feb 24 2018    

Becoming a U.S. citizen confers onto immigrants full legal protections, as well as the right to full civic participation in American society. This module focuses citizenship. Navigators first learn about the requirements for and the process to become a U.S. citizen. Then they learn how to screen for citizenship eligibility and complete an N-400 application […]

Module 6: Presentation and Training Skills

Last updated Jan 25 2018    

Navigators are expected to put their newly acquired knowledge and skills to use for the benefit of their communities. Module 6 focuses on learning the basic presentation and training skills that Navigators will need to effectively pass their newly acquired knowledge to others in their communities. Navigators will learn how to effectively plan and present […]

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.

Philadelphia City Council Hearing on Compliance With ICE Holds (2014)

Last updated Oct 13 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.

PICC Membership Agreement

Last updated Jan 22 2017    

PICC’s Mission Our mission is to advance immigrants’ rights and promote immigrants’ full integration into society by advocating with a unified voice for greater public understanding and welcoming public policies throughout Pennsylvania.

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 […]

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 Mar 13 2018    

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.

#StoptheHate Conference Calls

Last updated Mar 9 2018    

PICC is committed to the education and engagement of allies in our work. Our biweekly #StoptheHate Conference Calls are the main platform for allies across the Commonwealth to become engaged in our advocacy initiatives and learn how they can take action to advance immigrant rights in a way that centers the needs of immigrant communities. […]

Tuition Equity Toolkit

Last updated Jan 16 2018    

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. Please note we update this toolkit as needed. You will find the latest update at the bottom of each page of our toolkit. […]

Tuition Equity Toolkit (2015)

Last updated May 17 2017    

This toolkit includes 4 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 or in our dropbox folder. If you have any questions, or want to get more involved, please contact PICC’s youth organizer, Maria Sotomayor at: 215-832-3482 or

Welcoming Schools Toolkit

Last updated Jun 14 2017    

This toolkit provides students, parents, and community members with the information and tools they need to work with their schools to enact policies to ensure that all students, regardless of immigration status, are welcome, safe, and protected in the school environment.

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