Pennsylvania Immigration and Citizenship Coalition


Stay up-to-date on what’s happening at PICC and immigration issues. Blog contributors include PICC staff, members, and partners.

PICC Hires a New Executive Director

May 4 2021    

We are delighted to share the news that the Board of Directors has selected the next Executive Director of PICC – Andy Kang!

2021 PA is Ready! Grant Application

Apr 14 2021    

The 2021 PA is Ready! Grant Application is open! We encourage everyone to apply. Applications are due of May 14th, 2021.

Relay Across America: PA Week of Action April 19-23

Apr 13 2021    

From April 19-23, immigrant serving organizations and immigrant leaders across Pennsylvania will be lifting up a collective message that Congress must provide a pathway to citizenship for all, end deportations, and include all families in COVID relief.

Welcome Maria Tinoco!

Mar 31 2021    

Maria Tinoco is PICC’s new Capacity Development Director. Maria will be taking over leadership of all of PICC’s public education and capacity building work, including Community Navigator trainings, developing educational webinars and materials, and building programs to support member organizations. Maria was raised in Reading, PA after migrating from Mexico at the age of four. […]

Statement on Violence Against Asian Pacific Islander Communities

Mar 24 2021    

The Pennsylvania Immigration and Citizenship Coalition (PICC) joins in solidarity with the Asian and Pacific Islander (API) community. We are disheartened and outraged by the violent deaths of Hyun Jung Grant, Xiaojie Tan, Yong Ae Yue, Suncha Kim, Soon Chung Park, Daoyou Feng, Delaina Ashley Yaun, and Paul Andre Michels along with the critical wounding […]

Update on Executive Transition

Feb 24 2021    

A year ago, I announced that I would be leaving PICC in 2021. As my final day at PICC draws closer, I wanted to give all of you an update on our transition process.

Join PICC’s Team: Capacity Development Director

Jan 13 2021    

The Capacity Development Director will be focused on helping PICC answer the question: how do we build the organizational capacity, individual leadership, and infrastructure of our movement so that immigrant communities can access the services they need and have powerful vehicles for creating systemic and structural change?
Applications will be accepted until the position is filled, with a final deadline of February 15, 2021.

PA Immigrant Relief Fund – Report

Oct 30 2020    

The PA Immigrant Relief Fund was a joint project of PA is Ready! and Philadelphia-Area Immigrant Collective Action to provide direct emergency assistance to people excluded from federal COVID-19 assistance programs due to their immigration status or the immigration status of a family member and were in need of immediate financial assistance.

Join PICC’s Team: Policy Director

Oct 5 2020    

The Policy Director will be focused on helping PICC answer the question: how do we change the political landscape in Pennsylvania to win more pro-immigrant policies and stop all anti-immigrant policies?

Applications will be considered on a rolling basis with a final deadline of November 15, 2020.

Join PICC’s Team: Executive Director

Sep 23 2020    

The Executive Director of PICC is a highly effective communicator, masterful storyteller and bridge builder who demonstrates the ability to lead collaboration among groups representing multiple nationalities, languages, ethnicities, religions, and other identities and their intersections. They are a compassionate, persistent, and adaptable leader who will strengthen PICC’s vision.

Applications will be reviewed on a rolling basis until the position is filled, ideal start date will be February 2021.


Jun 3 2020    

The Pennsylvania Immigration and Citizenship Coalition (PICC) stands in solidarity with the Black Lives Matter Movement.

DACA Resources – 2020

Apr 24 2020    

(Updated 7/31/2020) This page includes updates and resources on DACA. Please note, things are changing quickly. We will update this page as frequently as possible. Disclaimer: The following information shouldn’t be taken as legal advice. Please consult with a trusted immigration attorney if you have any questions about your individual case.  What is the status […]

PA COVID-19 Resources for Immigrant Communities

Apr 14 2020    

PICC has put together this open-source list of resources for organizations and individuals working with immigrant and refugee communities in Pennsylvania. You can also view this document directly. Support the PA Immigrant Relief Fund, a statewide fund that will provide direct emergency assistance to people excluded from federal COVID-19 assistance programs due to their immigration […]

Fill Out the 2020 Census Today!

Apr 1 2020    

The 2020 Census is happening this year! The census only happens once every 10 years, and will impact each of us – our friends, our families, our neighbors, our communities- for the next decade and beyond. By completing the census form we can ensure that our community gets important resources for things like our schools […]

Message From Our Executive Director

Dec 9 2019    

At PICC’s 2019 fall membership meeting I made an important announcement, and as PICC’s valued supporters, I wanted to make sure you heard the news directly from me.

PA is Ready! Creates Vision for Expanding Community-Led Immigration Services in PA

Oct 2 2019    

PA is Ready! strives to be an adaptive, well-coordinated Pennsylvania statewide network of organizations – rooted in and serving diverse immigrant and refugee communities – that is equipped to: Make legal and other immigration services accessible; Build power, organizational capacity, and the leadership of immigrant community members; and Address community-identified needs and root causes in […]

PICC is Hiring: Resource Development Manager

Aug 16 2019    

The Pennsylvania Immigration and Citizenship Coalition (PICC) is a diverse coalition of over 50 member organizations across the state. Our mission is to advance immigrant rights and promote immigrants’ full integration into society by advocating with a unified voice for greater public understanding and welcoming public policies throughout Pennsylvania. PICC leads and supports campaigns to […]

PICC is Hiring: Youth Organizer

Mar 7 2019    

PICC’s youth organizing project aims to strengthen leadership among immigrant communities by helping immigrant and refugee youth become grassroots organizers and leaders of immigrant rights campaigns.

PICC is Hiring: Statewide Political Director

Nov 16 2018    

The Statewide Political Director will lead PICC’s efforts to increase the political power of immigrant and refugee communities to pass policies at the local and state level. Please submit resume and cover letter via email to

Public Charge Rule: Take Action & Submit Comments!

Oct 19 2018    

On October 10, the Trump administration formally announced a proposed regulation that would dramatically broaden the “public charge” test that has been a part of federal immigration law for decades. The new rule could force immigrant families to choose between permanent legal status and their ability to access basic needs like healthy food, safe housing, and health […]

Public Charge Rule: What is it and how will it impact PA?

Sep 25 2018    

On September 22, the Trump administration released the text of the proposed public charge rule change and announced it would soon be published for comment. If the rule is ­finalized in its proposed form, this would mark a significant and harmful departure from the current policy. For over a hundred years, the government has recognized […]

2018 PA is Ready! Grants

Jun 13 2018    

Following an evaluation and reflection process with current and past grantees, PA is Ready! created a funding framework for 2018 that reflects the changing needs of immigrant and refugee communities in Pennsylvania. Organizations applied for Community Safety Grants, Strategic Legal Partner Grants, or Collaborative Project-based Grants. Community Safety Grant recipients will implement a coordinated, community-based response to heightened immigration enforcement that aims to educate […]

Welcoming Schools Webinar

Jun 13 2017    

Learn how you can use the Welcoming Schools toolkit to pass resolutions and policies in your school district that will help protect immigrant and refugee families. 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 […]

Opening the Courthouse Doors to Limited English Proficient Individuals

Mar 15 2015    

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 […]