El Centro de Apoyo y Apoyo de Inmigración asegura que los inmigrantes obtengan el beneficio La protección de la ley y el apoyo de la comunidad en su intento de convertirse en ciudadanos. El IASC ayuda a los inmigrantes a ser autosuficientes, aportando a los ciudadanos proporcionando servicios de bajo costo, servicios legales de alta calidad y proporciona educación sobre la política de inmigración comunidad.

El IASC es un servicio legal de base y un programa de divulgación totalmente financiado por donaciones y horas hombre pro-bono. Su apoyo ahora es fundamental para los inmigrantes locales y sus familias. ¡Gracias!

10,000 Syrian Refugees Headed for the United States

The U.S. is slated to receive at least 10,000 Syrian refugees within the next year.  Over the past few weeks, President Obama decided to raise the number of refugees accepted by the United States from less than 2,000 to 10,000.

10,000 Syrian Refugees Headed for the United States

Picture taken by Sean Sheridan for World Relief

Stephen Bauman, president of World Relief, an evangelical agency active in refugee resettlement, says that American churches are ready to accept Syrian refugees with open arms. Bauman, along with Secretary of State John Kerry, advocated for the resettlement of an additional 100,000 refugees within the next few years.  While the current number accepted by the United States is relatively small compared to the amount accepted by European countries, the decision by the Obama Administration constituted a major shift in U.S. policy. This fiscal year, the United States is set to accept approximately 70,000 refugees

Currently, there are 10 non-profit organizations in the United States involved in the resettlement process. Many are church affiliated and each receives funding from the U.S. government.

For more details, please visit: http://www.christianitytoday.com/gleanings/2015/september/10000-syrian-refugees-headed-for-us.html

IASC forms a new relationship with Sucúa es Atlético (SEA)

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Estephany Galarza outlines the IASC mission.

On August 1st, the Immigration Advocacy & Support Center (IASC) participated in a fundraising event hosted by Sucúa es Atlético (SEA), a non-profit organization dedicated to children in Sucúa, Ecuador.  The fundraiser, benefitting children with special needs in Sucúa, featured dancing, copious amounts of delicious food, and specially-invited singers and songwriters. The event took place in Madison, CT and IASC had the pleasure of sharing its mission with the attendees at this special evening.  Estephany Galarza, an intern of IASC and member of SEA presented the mission, vision and the services that IASC has to offer to the immigrant community. Many of the members of SEA are immigrants themselves, who came to this country to find better opportunities, making the relationship between SEA and IASC a natural fit. Both organizations will continue collaborating on future events and expanding their respective objectives throughout Connecticut.


Local Youth Work Program Comes To IASC

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Thanks Karrie for your great help!

This summer, IASC is a work site for the New London Youth Affairs (NLYA) Summer Youth Employment Program. Karrie Jean, a rising junior at Grasso Technical High School, has been placed with IASC, and we are excited she is with us!  The Summer Youth Employment Program provides work-based learning opportunities for youth, ages 14-21, for the purpose of developing and practicing positive work habits and gaining exposure to the world of work.  Karrie’s Haitian background will help IASC be more in touch with the local Haitian community as she speaks and writes Haitian Creole, and she intimately understands the struggles of those who migrate to the United States to find better opportunities.  We are grateful to be giving back to our community and giving Karrie a great opportunity to learn more about the legal, cultural, and social challenges of immigration!

New London Youth Affairs (NLYA) Summer Program also known as SYEP is funded by Eastern Connecticut Workforce Investment Board (EWIB). You can find out more about the Summer Employment Program here.

New London CityFest: LOVE FOR NEW LONDON

This past Saturday, churches of the ECT Cityserve Network presented the NL Cityfest: Love for New London by gathering together more than 16 churches and organizations of the city with the goal to inform individuals about the various programs that are offered to help and support the community. IASC made their presence noticed in one of the information tables where we talked to people about our services and our mission to help the immigrant community of the area.


The festival took place at Fulton Park and consisted of free food, prizes, music, inflatables, action sports, and many other fun activities for people of all ages. Mayor Finizio started the event with his opening remarks and by the end of the festival more than 1,000 people had shown up, making the New London CityFest a great success!

Governor Malloy signs bill relaxing requirements for undocumented students to access in-state tuition: Effective July 1, 2015

Dannel P. Malloy

(Jessica Hill/AP Photo)

Governor Dannel P. Malloy has signed a bill aimed at allowing more undocumented students to qualify for cheaper in-state tuition at the state’s public colleges and universities. This House bill changes some requirements of the 2011 law by reducing from four years to two, the number of years of high school education that undocumented students must complete to receive in-state tuition benefits.

Also, students that have special legal status under federal law (i.e. a person with a visa that allows them to stay in the U.S due to human trafficking or other crimes in their home countries) are eligible for discounted state rates as well. According to Malloy, the changes to the 2011 law will help increase the state’s labor market and the economy of the state.

By law, with limited exceptions, undocumented students applying for in-state tuition must:in-state

  1. Live in Connecticut (i.e., maintain a continuous and permanent physical presence, except for short, temporary absences);
  2. Have attended an in-state education institutions and completed at least two years of high school in Connecticut;
  3. Have graduated from high school or the equivalent in Connecticut; and
  4. Be registered as an entering student, or be currently a student at, UConn, a Connecticut State University, a community-technical college, or Charter Oak State College.

Students looking to obtain in-state tuition who meet the above criteria must file a written legal declaration with the institution stating that they have applied to legalize their immigration status or will do so as soon as they are eligible.

For more information about the in-state tuition bill go to: http://www.cga.ct.gov/2015/FC/2015HB-06844-R000875-FC.htm