Recently, IASC received a visit from Congressman Joe Courtney and some of his immediate staff. The site visit gave our organization the unique opportunity to speak directly with a policy maker to discuss how Federal and State policies affect organizations at the local level. Courtney’s enthusiasm for the quick progress of IASC demonstrates his support for our services, mission and our vision for the future of IASC. Through these important contacts, we will be able to effectively help immigrants of all nationalities and backgrounds so that they may become positive contributing members of our community.
The sixth grade class at Dual Language and Arts Magnet Middle School (Waterford, CT) recently learned about Mamani Mamani, a Bolivian fine artist. The students replicated his use of indigenous colors and symbols within their own artistry. Their drawings, along with beautifully articulated artist statements in both Spanish and English are featured in our office where the students were able to present their very own gallery opening. This event has paved the way for an important relationship between our center and the school which we hope to continue to develop in the future.
You may be considered for deferred action if you:
- Came to the United States before reaching your 16th birthday;
- Have continuously resided in the United States since Jan. 1, 2010, up to the present time;
- Had no lawful status on June 15, 2012;
- Were physically present in the United States on June 15, 2012, and at the time of making your request for consideration of deferred action with USCIS;
- Are currently in school, have graduated or obtained a certificate of completion from high school, have obtained a General Education Development (GED) certificate, or are an honorably discharged veteran of the U.S. armed forces or U.S. Coast Guard; and
- Have not been convicted of a felony, significant misdemeanor or three or more other misdemeanors, and do not otherwise pose a threat to national security or public safety.
Additional details about the expanded DACA guidelines can be found at www.uscis.gov/immigrationaction
The Day, Southeastern Connecticut’s regional newspaper, generously featured IASC on page 1 the day after our opening dedication ceremony.About 60 people, including church members, city officials, clergy and representatives from nonprofits and social service agencies, attended the event at IASC’s offices… “We will have an immediate impact,” said [Attorney] Doyle, of the work that is planned. Then he added, “This would not be possible without the leadership and generosity of Church of the City.” Martino said true success at the center will require a collaborative effort “because we’re dealing with the local aspect of a national issue that affects all of us.” The IASC will operate under the umbrella of the Church of the City, as a nonprofit, with the church matching a client’s
$20 co-pay for an initial consultation, and if and when it’s decided that the center can be of help, setting a fee schedule
based on a sliding scale that takes into account a client’s income and the number of dependents at home, said Doyle.
On the evening of Wednesday, December 10, 2014, the new Immigration Advocacy & Support Center held a dedication to commemorate its official opening. Community leaders, local clergy, political representatives, and, most importantly, individuals and families who will use the Center celebrated the new program.
Thank you to all who attended!
IASC is a community immigration center dedicated to vulnerable and low-income immigrants from all nations. We transform them from scared, marginalized, unemployed or unemployable, and exploited people to safe, empowered, employed and stable. Legal, educational, and social services’ resources come together to change lives forever.