This past weekend on October 22nd, IASC hosted its second citizenship clinic. Trained lawyers and students from Connecticut College helped clients complete their citizenship documents in a one on one setting. What makes it even better is that they did it for free, with some individuals even qualifying for application waivers. By the end of the clinic volunteers had helped eleven people through their naturalization N-400 applications. Clients came in from an array of countries including the Dominican Republic, Burma, and China. For information on any future clinics, contact IASC.
Monthly Archives: October 2016
As a part of its Hispanic Heritage Month celebration, Bennie Dover Middle School in New London invited IASC to illustrate the challenges of the U.S. immigration system and describe the service solutions that IASC is providing the community. Speaking to about forty students, Attorney Michael Doyle described how broken our immigration system has become. “The system is complex, expensive, and for the most part, faceless,” Atty. Doyle said, “and we came to New London to help guide immigrants who could not otherwise afford trustworthy assistance.” Atty. Doyle also highlighted a positive future for the Hispanic community despite present-day lackluster voting rates. “Vote. Everyone needs to vote. You will hold the power in your hands in just a few years. If you vote, then you will have the power to make changes of all kinds.” Kevin Booker, the school’s Parent Educator Coordinator, further emphasized the point, “Do you remember the tragedies of the past? Well, you can make them history forever if you get involved.”
On September 19th, IASC had the opportunity to work with Otis Library in Norwich, CT to organize a ‘Welcoming America’ event. The celebration was meant to bring community members, immigrants and U.S. born residents alike to celebrate the arrival of new Americans and the already diverse community we have come to know. Community members also celebrated the opening of the World Language Center Children’s Department in Otis Library. Attendees had the opportunity to enjoy culturally inspired activities, art, and food.