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 […]
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.
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.
Learn more about what it means to advocate for sanctuary policies.
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.
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 […]
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. http://bit.do/DreamersInitiative
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.
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 […]
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!
Do you know what to do if ICE comes to your door? Download resources to help educate your family and community!
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 […]
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 […]
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 […]
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 […]
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 […]
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 […]
PA is Ready! is currently accepting applications for its 2018-2019 Grants Cycle! Prospective applications are encouraged to become familiarised with all PA is Ready! principals, guidelines, and requirements in our 2018 handbook prior to submitting an application. Eligibility Requirements: To be eligible to apply for and receive a grant through PA is Ready! each organization […]
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.
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’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.
On October 10, 2018 the Department of Homeland Security published the official notice of its proposed change to the public charge rule. Publication of the rule has opened up a 60 day comment period, ending on December 10, 2018. This proposed regulation would dramatically broaden the “public charge” test that has been a part of […]
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 […]
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.
On June 25, 2015, the Sheller Center for Social Justice at Temple University released Driver’s Licenses for all: The Key to Safety and Security in Pennsylvania, a report on the benefits of providing driver’s licenses for all in Pennsylvania.
Public Citizens for Children and Youth (PCCY) recently released Fulfilling Pennsylvania’s Promise to Cover All Kids – Closing the Health Insurance Gap for Children,a report on why CHIP coverage should be expanded to include undocumented children.
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 […]
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.
Materials for advocates who want to stop anti-immigrant legislation in Pennsylvania and promote immigrant-led campaigns.
PICC is committed to the education and engagement of allies in our work. Our #StoptheHate Educational Webinars 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. During our #StoptheHate […]
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. […]
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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
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.