what we do
what we do
The New York Immigration Coalition is an umbrella policy and advocacy organization for nearly 200 groups in New York State that work with immigrants and refugees. The NYIC is a leading advocate for immigrant communities on the local, state, and national levels, serving one of the largest and most diverse newcomer populations in the United States.
The NYIC’s multi-ethnic, multi-racial, and multi-sector membership base includes grassroots community organizations, nonprofit health and human services organizations, religious and academic institutions, labor unions, and legal, social, and economic justice organizations. The NYIC provides both a forum for immigrant groups to share their concerns and a vehicle for collective action to bring about positive social change locally and nationally.
Since its founding in 1987, the NYIC has evolved into a powerful advocacy voice, developing innovative policies, promoting and protecting the rights of immigrants and their family members, improving newcomers’ access to services, developing leadership and capacity in immigrant communities, expanding civic participation, and mobilizing member groups to respond to emerging issues and needs.
Our work includes the following:
POLICY ADVOCACY & ANALYSIS
The NYIC advocates for better laws and policies at the local, state, and national levels to improve the lives of immigrants and all New Yorkers, with a particular focus on the needs of low income immigrant communities. We bring one of the nation’s most diverse constituencies together to work in coalition for positive social change. Our policy priorities include fighting for just and humane immigration reform, increasing the availability of key integration services such as adult English classes and affordable legal services, and improving immigrants’ access to quality health care, education, safe and affordable housing, and other community resources. Learn more.
CIVIC PARTICIPATION & LEADERSHIP DEVELOPMENT
The NYIC works to build immigrant communities’ political power through our New Citizen Voter Registration Project, voter education events, and extensive voter mobilization efforts for key elections. We also aim to cultivate a new generation of immigrant civic leaders and community organizers through fellowships and other leadership programs. Learn more.
The NYIC develops educational materials like brochures and fact sheets in as many as 12 languages on important issues such as new developments in immigration law, the citizenship process, school registration, health care access, and voting rights. We do hundreds of presentations in immigrant communities, and we work with ethnic and mainstream media to disseminate important information to immigrant families. Learn more.
TRAINING & TECHNICAL ASSISTANCE
Our Immigrant Concerns Training Institute offers hundreds of workshops and presentations each year on immigration law and other topics that affect immigrants. We also field hundreds of technical assistance calls, providing guidance to community groups, advocates, and legal providers so they can better serve their constituents. Learn more.