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CHILD CARE AND EARLY EDUCATION RESEARCH CONNECTIONS
A partnership of the Inter-university Consortium for Political and Social Research, the National Center for Children in Poverty, the Child Care Bureau, and the U.S. Dept. of Health and Human Services, this center maintains a useful resource list on "young dual language learners" and convenes researchers to recommend priorities for future studies in this area.
http://www.researchconnections.org/childcare/meetings/ell/index.jsp

 
COMMUNITY COLLEGE CONSORTIUM FOR IMMIGRANT EDUCATION
Created in 2007 and headquartered at Westchester Community College, the Consortium seeks to raise awareness of the role that community colleges play in creating educational opportunities for immigrants and in promoting and expanding the range and quality of programs and services for immigrant students around the country.
http://www.sunywcc.edu/cccie/index.htm


GERMAN MARHSALL FUND OF THE UNITED STATES
GMF is a non-partisan American public policy and grantmaking institution dedicated to promoting better understanding and cooperation between North America and Europe on transatlantic and global issues. Through its Transatlantic Academy, the Fund brings together scholars from Europe and North America to explore issues of common interest, including immigration. Transatlantic Trends: Immigration,  launched in 2008, is an annual public opinion survey that examines attitudes and policy preferences related to immigration in Europe, Canada, and the United States.
http://www.gmfus.org/



LOW EDUCATED SECOND LANGUAGE AND LITERACY ACQUISITION (LESLLA) FOR ADULTS
LESLLA is an international forum of researchers who share an interest in research on the development of second language skills by adult immigrants with little or no schooling prior to entering immigrant destination countries.
http://www.leslla.org/default.htm


MASON PROJECT ON IMMIGRATION (GEORGE MASON UNIVERSITY)
Dedicated to furthering a "reasoned, empirically informed discussion and debate about the role of immigrant groups within the contemporary United States,"  the Mason Project on Immigration draws on the resources of faculty from diverse disciplines to produce research briefs and studies, organize community conferences, and consult with governmental agencies, community organizations, and policy makers in the State of Virginia.
http://cssr.gmu.edu/project/mpi


 
NATIONAL CLEARINGHOUSE FOR ENGLISH LANGUAGE ACQUISITION
(GEORGE WASHINGTON UNIVERSITY)
Funded by the U.S. Department of Education and authorized under Title III of the No Child Left Behind Act of 2001 (NCLB), the Clearinghouse collects and disseminates useful information pertaining to the education of English language learners in public schools. It also convenes state administrators to discuss issues in the field, holds webinars, publishes an online newsletter, and maintains an online calendar of conferences and training opportunities in the field.
http://www.ncela.gwu.edu/


THE PLURALISM PROJECT (HARVARD UNIVERSITY)
In response to the dramatic change in the American religious landscape caused by global migration, the Pluralism Project at Harvard University was established in 1991 "to help Americans engage with the realities of religious diversity through research, outreach, and the active dissemination of resources." The Project has assembled a rich collection of online resources, including links to Buddhist, Hindu, and Islamic congregations in every state, a trove of newspaper articles collected by "religious diversity news," and an abundance of reports on the new religious reality produced by Project staff and affiliated researchers around the country. In addition, the "Civic Initiative" examines the interactions of newer religious communities on the state and local level.
IOWA CENTER FOR IMMIGRANT INTEGRATION AND LEADERSHIP
(UNIVERSITY OF NORTHERN IOWA)
ICILI guides and prepares Iowa communities and businesses as they interact with newcomers to the state. ICILI provides tailored consultation for community leadership, conducts research relating to issues facing immigrants and host communities, offers training programs for business and industry, and educates Iowans concerning the needs, challenges and opportunities of their new immigrant neighbors, co-workers and employees. ICILI has produced a series of publications for a variety fo constituencies, including business leaders, religious leaders, health care professionals, and immigrants.
http://www.newiowans.com/ 

 
GOODLING INSTITUTE FOR RESEARCH ON FAMIILY LITERACY (PENN STATE UNIVERSITY)
Part of a larger Institute for the Study of Adult Literacy housed within the Department of Education at Penn State, the Goodling Institute conducts research and publishes policy briefs in the field of family literacy. Goodling also maintains an extensive online bibliography of resources in family literacy, including descriptions of various program models and studies of projects focusing on immigrant families.
http://www.ed.psu.edu/goodlinginstitute/


CENTER FOR MIGRATION AND DEVELOPMENT (PRINCETON UNIVERSITY)
The Center promotes scholarship, original research, and intellectual exchange among faculty and students with an interest in international migration and national development. Housed in the Sociology Department at Princeton University, the Center has a particular interest in the relationship between immigrant communities in receiving countries and the growth and development prospects of sending nations. The Center has also produced studies examining the experience of the immigrant second generation, as well as the role of transnational organizations in facilitating the integration of immigrants.
http://cmd.princeton.edu/


CENTER FOR INTERNATIONAL REHABILITATION RESEARCH INFORMATION AND EXCHANGE (UNIVERSITY OF BUFFALO)
CIRRIE facilitates the sharing of information and expertise in rehabilitation research between the U.S. and other countries.CIRRIE maintains an extensive database of partially abstracted international rehabilitation research. A section of the CIRRIE website is devoted to cultural competence.
http://cirrie.buffalo.edu/index.php


CENTER ON IMMIGRATION, RACE, AND ETHNICITY, INSTITUTE OF GOVERNMENT STUDIES (UNIVERSITY OF CALIFORNIA, BERKELEY)
Drawing on the expertise of 18 faculty members from six departments on the Berkeley campus, the Center seeks to understand the social, political, economic, and historical factors that shape the processes of identity formation, intergroup relations, and collective mobilization around race, ethnicity, and immigration. Along with three other academic centers, including the Eagleton Institute at Rutgers University, the Center sponsors the National Asian-American Survey, one of the most comprehensive surveys of the political views of Asian Americans in the United States.http://igs.berkeley.edu/cire/index.html 


CENTER FOR RESEARCH ON IMMIGRATION, POPULATION AND PUBLIC POLICY (UNIVERSITY OF CALIFORNIA, IRVINE)
With more than 25 faculty members possessing expertise in immigration, the Center undertakes research on a broad range of topics, including the multigenerational incorporation experiences of immigrant groups in the United States, the implications of immigration on changing racial and ethnic identities, and the impact of legalization programs on the children of unauthorized immigrants.
http://www.cri.uci.edu/index.htm 


CENTER FOR COMPARATIVE IMMIGRATION STUDIES (UNIVERSITY OF CALIFORNIA, SAN DIEGO)
The Center examines migration issues in a global context, with special attention to Mexico. The Center's global network of research associates consists of over 200 researchers and 19 institutional affiliates. The web site features conference proceedings, working papers, and podcasts of presentations. The Center also functions as a hub of the University of California's Center of Expertise on Migration and Health, which pools expertise from each of the system's 10 campuses.
http://ccis.ucsd.edu/


CENTER FOR THE STUDY OF IMMIGRANT INTEGRATION
(UNIVERSITY OF SOUTHERN CALIFORNIA)
Established in 2008, the center promotes research and dialogue concerning long-term issues of immigrant settlement, generational succession, incorporation and integration.  The center also aims to facilitate civic dialogue about issues of immigrant settlement, economic mobility, social cohesion and social equity.
http://www.usc.edu/schools/sppd/research/centers/csii.html


CENTER FOR RESEARCH ON THE EDUCATIONAL ACHIEVEMENT AND TEACHING OF ENGLISH LANGUAGE LEARNERS (CREATE)
One of 13 research and development centers funded by the U.S. Department of Education, CREATE is a collaborative enterprise joining researchers at five U.S. universities and the Center for Applied Linguistics. CREATE focuses on middle school English language learners (Grades 4-8) and specializes in subject area teaching strategies and materials. CREATE hosts an annual conference and posts conference materials and research products on its web site.
http://www.cal.org/create/

CLUB OF MADRID, SHARED SOCIETIES PROJECT
Made up of former heads of state and government in democratic countries, including President Bill Clinton of the United States, the Club of Madrid seeks to use the experience and status of former world leaders to raise the prominence of key issues facing the world today. In 2008, the Club designated social cohesion as one of its priority issues and held the first major international conference on the subject. The Project has produced a "Portfolio of Policies and Practices to Promote a Shared Society," giving major attention to divisions between immigrants and members of "host communities."
http://www.thesharedsocietiesproject.clubmadrid.org/

IMMIGRATION RESEARCH GROUP (UNIVERSITY OF CALIFORNIA, RIVERSIDE)
The Immigration Research Group seeks to provide information and research pertaining to immigrants in the United States and other countries available to scholars, journalists, government officials, community organizations, and the general public.
http://www.immigration.ucr.edu/

INTER-UNIVERSITY PROGRAM FOR LATINO RESEARCH (IUPLR)
Headquartered at the Institute for Latino Studies at the University of Notre Dame, IUPLR is a consortium of 18 university-based Hispanic research centers in the United States. Through a system of cross-institutional working groups, IUPLR promotes research to systematically fill gaps in knowledge about Hispanic communities. Current working groups include:  Latino Politics, US-Mexican Border and Families, Obesity, the National Alliance for Latino Economic Progress, and the National Hispanic Educational Alliance.  IUPLR also works to expand the pool of Latino scholars and leaders.
http://www.nd.edu/~iuplr/  


MIGRANT INTEGRATION POLICY INDEX
Produced by a consortium of 25 organizations led by the British Council and Migrant Policy Group, The Migrant Integration Policy Index (MIPEX) measures policies to integrate migrants in 25 member states of the European Union, as well as Canada, Norway and Switzerland. It uses over 100 policy indicators to create a rich, multi-dimensional picture of migrants' opportunities to participate in European societies. MIPEX covers six policy areas which shape an immigrant's journey to full citizenship, including labour market access, family reunion, long-term residence, political participation, access to nationality, and anti-discrimination.
http://www.integrationindex.eu/
 

MIGRATION POLICY INSTITUTE
MPI is an independent, non-partisan think tank dedicated to the analysis of the movement of people worldwide. The Institute provides analysis, development, and evaluation of migration and refugee policies at the local, national, and international levels. In 2005, the Institute convened an "Independent Task Force on Immigration and America's Future." One of the four goals of the Task Force was to produce policy recommendations to promote the "social and economic integration of newcomers" in the United States. In 2007, MPI launched the National Center for Immigrant Integration Policy. Information about the Center may be found at: http://www.migrationinformation.org/integration/  The Center maintains a "Language Portal," an online collection of over 500 resources used by public agencies in providing language access services, and a database of state legislation pertaining to immigration. General informational resources assembled by the Institute may be found at: www.migrationinformation.org. Information about the Institute itself may be found at: www.migrationpolicy.org


NATIONAL RESOURCE CENTER ON ADVANCING EMERGENCY PREPAREDNESS FOR CULTURALLY DIVERSE COMMUNITIES, CENTER FOR HEALTH EQUALITY,
DREXEL UNIVERSITY
The mission of the National Resource Center is to "serve as a central clearinghouse of resources and an information exchange portal to facilitate communication, networking and collaboration to improve preparedness, build resilience and eliminate disparities for culturally diverse communities across all phases of an emergency."  The Center has devoted considerable attention to identifying strategies and models for addressing langugage barriers in emergency preparedness.
http://www.diversitypreparedness.org/

 
GLOBAL REM (RACE, ETHNICITY, AND MIGRATION),
UNIVERSITY OF MINNESOTA
Global REM is a joint undertaking of the University's Immigration History Research Center and Institute for Global Studies. The University of Minnesota describes itself as the "birthplace of immigration history in the 1920's."  Through Global REM, the University seeks to study human movement in a global context. Current community initiatives involve curricular enrichment projects for secondary schools and media outreach.


CENTER FOR NEW NORTH CAROLINIANS, UNIVERSITY OF NORTH CAROLINA (GREENSBORO)
Created in 2001 and housed within the Department of Social Work, the Center provides a range of services to promote the integration of immigrants in North Carolina. The Center operates an interpreter bank, coordinates the work of immigrant "health advisors," and operates an AmeriCorps program to faciliate immigrant access to social services. Through its research fellows program, the Center also sponsors research on immigrant populations in North Carolina and produces a series of informational brochures called "Kaleidoscope" on the cultural and social backgrounds of immigrants in Guilford County.
http://cnnc.uncg.edu/ 


PHILADELPHIA MIGRATION PROJECT, UNIVERSITY OF PENNSYLVANIA
Comprised of an inter-disciplinary group of faculty and graduate students, the project studies migration to the greater Philadelphia area since World War II. The web site features an excellent bibliography of resources for the study of migration to the Philadelphia area.
http://www.history.upenn.edu/philamigrationproject/index.html 



PROGRAM ON IMMIGRATION AND DEMOCRACY, EAGLETON INSTITUTE OF POLITICS, RUTGERS UNIVERSITY
The Program on Immigration and Democracy was established in 2007 to explore the challenges and opportunities arising from increased levels of immigration to New Jersey and the nation. The Program analyzes the dynamics of immigrant inclusion and highlights policies and practices conducive to immigrant civic participation, equality of opportunity, democratic pluralism, and social cohesion.  The Program sponsors symposia and other public events related to its mission.
http://www.eagleton.rutgers.edu/Immigration/ImmigrationandDemocracy.html


URBAN INSTITUTE
A nonpartisan think tank devoted to social and economic policy, the Urban Institute has produced a series of studies exploring various facets of immigration to America, including settlement patterns, immigration incorporation into the labor market, and the integration of immigrant families and children. For further information about the Institute's Immigrant Studies Program, see: http://www.urban.org/toolkit/issues/immigration.cfm#about


ALLIANCE FOR THE ADVANCEMENT OF HERITAGE LANGUAGES
Housed at the Center for Applied Linguistics, the Alliance consists of individuals and organizations who share a commitment to advancing language development for heritage language speakers in the United States. The Alliance compiles profiles of heritage language programs on its web site.
http://www.cal.org/heritage/index.html


AMERICAN IMMIGRATION COUNCIL
The Council is dedicated to increasing public understanding of immigration law and policy and the value of immigration to American society, and to advancing fundamental fairness and due process under the law for immigrants. Its Legal Action Center conducts impact litigation and serves as a technical resource center for other lawyers. Its Immigration Policy Center does research and analysis on public policy questions concerning immigration to America.
http://www.americanimmigrationcouncil.org/


ASSOCIATION FOR THE STUDY AND DEVELOPMENT OF COMMUNITY
ASDC designs and evaluates projects to build more inclusive and effective communities. One of the organization's focus areas is "Intergroup Relations and Valuing Diversity." ASDC has provided technical assistance for several major projects to build greater social cohesion in immigrant destination communities, including projects undertaken by The Colorado Community Trust and The Community Foundation for the National Capital Region.
http://www.capablecommunity.com/


BETTERTOGETHER
Founded by Harvard Professor Robert Putnam and members of the Saguarro Seminar, this organization is dedicated to the theory and development of "social capital," or the "benefits that flow from the trust, reciprocity, information, and cooperation associated with social networks." The web site gives 150 ways to build social capital. Putnam and his colleagues are especially interested in the impact of immigration on society and ways to build social capital across ethnic and racial lines.
http://www.bettertogether.org/


CENTER FOR APPLIED LINGUISTICS
Established in 1959 and headquartered in Washington, D.C., CAL undertakes research and provides technical assistance and professional development in the fields of bilingual, English as a second language, literacy, and foreign language education; dialect studies; language policy; refugee orientation; and the education of linguistically and culturally diverse adults and children.  Through the Center for Adult English Language Acquisition (CAELA), CAL has developed a searchable database of research-based information on adult English language acquisition. The main CAL web Site is:  http://www.cal.org/. The CAELA web site is: http://www.cal.org/caelanetwork/.


CITIES OF MIGRATION
An initiative of the Maytree Foundation, Cities of Migration showcases good practice in the integration of urban migrants and promotes innovative ideas that create equity, social cohesion and urban prosperity. The organization sponsors the Integration Learning Exchange, a monthly webinar series presenting good ideas and new thinking on the integration of urban migrants in global cities. It also maintains a Good Ideas in Immigrant Integration database.
http://citiesofmigration.ca/lang/en/


CITIZENSHIPWORKS
CitizenshipWorks provides online tools to help immigrants answer questions about their eligibility for naturalization, to better understand the naturalization process, and to prepare for the naturalization tests.The organization is a partnership between the Immigration Advocates Network and the Immigrant Legal Resource Center.


THE CRITICAL LINK
This organization based in Canada is committed to the advancement of the profession of interpreting in the social, legal, and health care fields. It sponsors the major international conference on interpreting, generally held every three years. Conference papers and proceedings, some available in published form, are a useful resource for those interested in this topic.
http://www.criticallink.org/itoolkit.asp?pg=RESOURCES_AND_RESEAR

DIALOGUES ON IMMIGRANT INTEGRATION
Funded with a four-year grant from the Colorado Trust's Supporting Immigrant and Refugee Families Initiative (SIRFI), this project engages immigrants and established residents of Boulder County in small group conversations on immigrant integration using Study Circle methodology. Additional support is provided by local municipalities. The project is one of ten local collaborations on immigrant integration suppported by the Trust.
http://www.immigrant-integration.org/


DIVERSITYRX
The mission of DiversityRx is to improve the accessibility and quality of health care for minority, immigrant, and indigenous communities. The organization sponsors the National Conference on Quality Health Care for Culturally Diverse Populations and runs the Your Voice initiative which develops virtual learning opportunities and peer learning communities related to cultural competence. Working with the US Department of Health and Human Services, Office of Minority Health, DiversityRx developed the National Standards for Culturally and Linguistically Appropriate Services in Health Care (the CLAS standards). It currently maintains a listserve devoted to the CLAS standards.
http://www.diversityrx.org/


DRUM MAJOR INSTITUTE FOR PUBLIC POLICY
DMI is committed to developing a progressive public policy agenda to "defend the American dream" and "strengthen and expand the American middle class."  The Institute considers immigration policy to be one of its major concerns but approaches the subject from the vantage point of the needs the larger American middle class. DMI seeks to influence public policy debates through innovative communication strategies and by providing a platform for community-based leaders.
http://www.drummajorinstitute.org


GRANTMAKERS CONCERNED WITH IMMIGRANTS AND REFUGEES
GCIR seeks to move the philanthropic field to address the needs of the world's growing and increasingly diverse immigrant and refugee populations. GCIR members work on a wide range of issues including education, health, employment, civic participation, and immigrant integration. Some have longstanding immigrant-specific funding initiatives, while others incorporate the immigrant and refugee dimension into their core grant making programs. For more information, visit: www.gcir.org.


HABLAMOS JUNTOS
Established by the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation in 2001, Hablamos Juntos, Spanish for "We Speak Together," is a national collaborative of ten grantee organizations whose goal is to design affordable models for health care providers to overcome language barriers and to develop the business case for language services. Projects are located in communities with large or fast-growing Latino populations. For more information, go to:  www.hablamosjuntos.org


HEALTH INFORMATION TRANSLATIONS A collaborative initiative of three hospitals in central Ohio, this project produces translations of health and disaster-related information for limited English proficient people. All translations are available for downloading on this web site.


IMMIGRANT VOTING PROJECT
The Project maintains a central hub of information about campaigns to expand voting rights for immigrants. The Project's web site contains information on historical precedents for immigrant voting during the 19th and early 20th centuries. The site also reports on the status of local campaigns to expand voting rights around the country.

IMMIGRATIONWORKS USA
The organization links 25 state-based business coalitions: employers and trade associations from Florida to Oregon and from every sector of the economy that relies on immigrant workers, to advance the cause of immigration reform.
http://www.immigrationworksusa.org/index.php?p=1

INTERAGENCY WORKING GROUP ON LIMITED ENGLISH PROFICIENCY
This federal task force was created to build awareness of the need and methods to ensure that limited English proficient persons have meaningful access to important federal and federally assisted programs, and to ensure implementation of language access requirements under Title VI, the Title VI regulations, and Executive Order 13166 in a consistent and effective manner across agencies. The working group sponsors an annual interagency conference on limited English proficiency. The working group web site is: http://www.justice.gov/crt/lep/


JUSTICE FOR IMMIGRANTS:  THE CATHOLIC CAMPAIGN FOR IMMIGRATION REFORM
Under the leadership of the United States Conference of Bishops, the Campaign seesk to mobilize the resources and networks of a wide range of Catholic organizations in support of comprehensive immigration reform. The Campaign's primary objectives are: to educate the public, especially the Catholic community, including Catholic public officials, about Church teaching on migration and immigrants; to create political will for positive immigration reform; to enact legislative and administrative reforms based on the principles articulated by the bishops; and to organize Catholic networks to assist qualified immigrants obtain the benefits of the reforms. For more information, go to:  www.justiceforimmigrants.org


MIGRATION AND CHILD WELFARE NATIONAL NETWORK
Housed at the American Humane Association, the Network is comprised of major organizations dedicated to improving the effectiveness of the child welfare system in serving immigrant children. The Network sponsors a biennial conference and produces resource materials for social workers active in the child welfare field.

NATIONAL CENTER FOR CULTURAL COMPETENCE
The mission of NCCC is to increase the capacity of health and mental health programs to design, implement, and evaluate culturally and linguistically competent service delivery systems. Housed within the Pediatrics Department of Georgetown University Medical Center, the Center provides technical assistance to child health providers around the country.
http://www11.georgetown.edu/research/gucchd/nccc/resources/index.html


NATIONAL CONFERENCE OF STATE LEGISLATURES
The Immigrant Policy Project of the NCSL provides legislative research and analysis on immigration policy issues, such as the provision of benefits, health care, education, housing, and general integration assistance. The Project monitors state legislative developments pertaining to immigration and produces periodic reports on pending and passed legislation. Additional information may be found at: www.ncsl.org/programs/immig


NATIONAL COUNCIL ON INTERPRETING IN HEALTH CARE
Leading the effort to develop U.S. certification standards for interpreters in health care, the Council is committed to eliminating language disparities and promoting the professional development of the interpreting field. Reports related to the certification effort, as well as a general annotated bibliography on health care interpreting, are found at this site.
http://www.ncihc.org


NATIONAL EMPLOYMENT LAW PROJECT

NELP is a nonprofit policy advocacy and legal organization based in New York City. NELP has advocated on behalf of immigrant, low-wage and unemployment workers and is particularly concerned with assisting these workers in overcoming barriers to employment and government systems of support. For further information, go to: www.nelp.org.


NATIONAL HEALTH LAW PROGRAM
The NHeLP is a national public interest law firm that seeks to improve health care for America's working and unemployed poor, minorities, the elderly and people with disabilities. NHeLP serves legal services programs, community-based organizations, the private bar, providers and individuals who work to preserve a health care safety net for the millions of uninsured or underinsured low-income people. The organization has done important work in researching and identifying model programs to serve limited English proficient people. The web site is: www.healthlaw.org.


NATIONAL IMMIGRATION FORUM
Based in Washington, D.C., the Forum works with a wide range of allies - immigrant, ethnic, religious, civil rights, labor, business, state and local government, and other organizations - to promote a new vision of immigration policy. The Forum advocates for policies that are consistent with global realities, foster economic growth, attract needed workers to America, and protect the rights of workers and families. The Forum also builds support for public policies that welcome immigrants and refugees and are fair and supportive to newcomers in the United States. Additional information may be found at: www.immigrationforum.org.


NATIONAL IMMIGRATION LAW CENTER
NILC is dedicated to protecting and promoting the rights of low income immigrants and their family members. The organization has special expertise on immigration, public benefits, and employment laws affecting immigrants and refugees. Its knowledge of the complex interplay between immigrants' legal status and their rights under U.S. laws is an important resource for legal aid programs, community groups, and social service agencies across the country. The organization's web site is: www.nilc.org.


NATIONAL INSTITUTE FOR LITERACY
A federal agency, NIFL provides leadership and training on adult literacy issues, including English language training for immigrants. Four regional resource centers provide professional development training on a wide range of topics. NIFL sponsors online discussion forums for professionals active in the adult education field, including a forum for those interested in adult English language acquisition. The website features abstracts and links to evidence-based studies on various facets of adult education.
http://www.nifl.gov 


NATIONAL LANGUAGE ACCESS ADVOCATES NETWORK
Established in June 2006 under the leadership of the Language Access Project of Community Legal Services of Philadelphia, N-LAAN  provides a forum for language access advocates around the country  to develop expertise, share resources and devise strategy. It serves as a voice for its members in advocating for better policies and laws and for more effective enforcement of language rights.
http://www.probono.net/nlaan/


NATIONAL LEAGUE OF CITIES
Established in 2008, Municipal Action for Immigrant Integration (MAII) is a League project that seeks to promote civic engagement and naturalization among immigrant communities in cities throughout the United States. MAII provides technical assistance to cities seeking to develop immigrant integration plans.
http://www.nlc.org/RESOURCES_FOR_CITIES/PROGRAMS___SERVICES/MAII/aboutmaii.aspx


OPENCities
By tracing the links between new migrant population (first and second generation) and other drivers of success within cities, OPENCities - a British Council Project - seeks to compile a portfolio of best practice case studies, indexes of cities' openness and a set of guidelines for city policies. These products will allow cities to build upon the potential of newcomer populations and to facilitate integration.
http://opencities.britishcouncil.org/web/index.php?home_en


PROGRESSIVE STATES NETWORK, STATE IMMIGRATION PROJECT
PSN promotes dialogue, information sharing, and strategy development among state legislators interested in promoting a progressive state agenda. The State Immigration Project issues periodic reports and analyses of immigration-related developments in state government. The Project also formulates and promotes an immigrant rights agenda with broad appeal to a large progressive constituency and develops strategies for implementation of this agenda. For more information, go to: http://www.progressivestates.org/content/714
 

SOCIETY FOR INTERCULTURAL EDUCATION, TRAINING, AND RESEARCH (SIETAR)
SIETAR facilitates exchange and training among professionals working in the field of intercultural relations. Created in the United States in 1974, SIETAR-USA has spawned the development of independent SIETAR societies around the world. In additional to an annual conference in the US, a global SIETAR conference is held periodically bringing together members of the the international network of SIETAR societies.
http://www.sietar.org/index.htm


SOUTHERN POVERTY LAW CENTER
The Center tracks the activities of hate and extremist groups around the country, including those involved in the anti-immigrant movement. In its quarterly magazine entitled Intelligence Report, the Center publishes frequent articles about the activities of anti-immigrant groups. The Center also undertakes legal action against white supremacist groups responsible for hate crimes.
http://www.splcenter.org/index.jsp


SPEAKING TOGETHER: NATIONAL LANGUAGE SERVICES NETWORK
Funded by the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, the Network is a national program aimed at identifying, testing and improving the ways that hospitals provide language services to patients with limited English proficiency (LEP). Through a learning collaborative of 10 hospitals, strategies for improving the quality and availability of language services are assessed and shared with hospitals throughout the nation. Speaking Together integrates quality improvement techniques with hospital-based language services activities to reduce health care disparities faced by patients across America. For more information, go to:  www.speakingtogether.org


STUDY CIRCLES RESOURCE CENTER
The center provides guidance in developing community dialogue and problem-solving programs. The center publishes a comprehensive discussion guide on immigration issues and offers technical assistance to sponsoring organizations in implementing its "study circle" approach. Among communities that have experimented with immigration study circles are Morristown, NJ, and Southhampton, NY.
http://www.studycircles.org/en/index.aspx


VERA INSTITUTE FOR JUSTICE, CENTER ON IMMIGRATION AND JUSTICE
The Vera Institute undertakes research, provides technical assistance, and sponsors demonstration projects to help leaders in government and civil society improve the administration of justice and public safety. The Center on Immigration and Justice responds to the increased convergence of the immigration and criminal justice systems by developing evidence-based justice solutions for systems affecting immigrants and their families. Current Center projects seek to increase legal access for adult and child immigrant detainees; address language and cultural barriers in the criminal justice system; and develop more accurate methods of measuring the nature and extent of human trafficking.
http://www.vera.org/


WE CAN STOP THE HATE
Hosted by the National Council of La Raza, and with the support of groups such as the Anti-Defamation League and the Leadership Conference on Civil Rights, this web site compiles information about hate and extremist groups that are increasingly defining the debate on immigration in America and causing a rise in hate crimes directed at Hispanics and other immigrants. The site exposes the lies and distortions that are spread by these groups and faults some media outlets for giving them a platform.
http://wecanstopthehate.org


WELCOMING AMERICA
This organization focuses its work on receiving communities, believing that attitudes in the mainstream community are crucial to the successful integration of immigrants. Modelled on a successful program in the State of Tennessee, Welcoming America works to implement its approach in communities around the country. There are at least 13 state projects affiliated with Welcoming America, including Welcoming Long Island in New York State and Welcoming Massachusetts.
http://sites.google.com/site/welcomingamerica09/





New Jersey Issue-Oriented Advocacy Organizations

AMERICAN CONFERENCE ON DIVERSITY
The conference provides leadership training on diversity issues, sponsors workshops and conferences on diversity, and supports the work of the New Jersey Human Relations Council, and County and local human relations commissions and other grassroots organizations throughout New Jersey to provide training and consultation as these organizations evolve to meet changing needs in their communities.
http://www.americanconferenceondiversity.org/index.html


CENTER FOR HEALTHY FAMILIES AND CULTURAL CIVERSITY (CHFCD), UMDNJ - ROBERT WOOD JOHNSON MEDICAL SCHOOL
CHFCD provides training and technical assistance to health care organizations seeking to deliver quality health care to diverse populations. The Center also provides cultural competency training to physicians, inclusive of techniques to address language barriers,  under New Jersey legislation mandating that all medical schools offer such training to current students, as well as to practicing physicians who did not receive such training in the past.
http://www2.umdnj.edu/fmedweb/chfcd/index.htm


CULTURALLY COMPETENT MENTAL HEALTH NJ
This web site lists resources and training related to the delivery of culturally and lingusitically appropriate mental health care. The site is a joint project of the International Institute of New Jersey and the Mental Health Association of New Jersey.
http://www.culturallycompetentmentalhealthnj.org/


HISPANIC DIRECTORS ASSOCIATION
The association analyzes and reports on issues of importance to the Hispanic community in New Jersey and serves as an umbrella organization for 30 local Hispanic social service agencies.
http://www.hda.org


LEGAL SERVICES OF NEW JERSEY
LSNJ coordinates the network of nonprofit corporations that provide free civil legal assistance to low-income people in all 21 New Jersey counties. The organization provides legal representation to immigrants in education, health care, language access, and workers rights cases.
http://www.lsnj.org


NEW JERSEY ASSOCIATION FOR LIFELONG LEARNING
The professional association of New Jersey adult educators, NJALL advocates for policies and resources to improve adult literacy, including the English communication skills of immigrants. NJALL is also dedicated to the professional development of adult educators.
http://www.njall.org/index.php?option=com_frontpage&Itemid=1


NEW JERSEY STATEWIDE NETWORK FOR CULTURAL COMPETENCE
The mission of NJSNCC is to strengthen culturally competent services through resource-sharing and collaboration. NJSNCC defines people with diverse needs as those with varying abilities and disabilities, cultures, languages, and social and health care needs.
http://www.njabp.com/njsncc/index.shtml


NEW JERSEY TEACHERS OF ENGLISH AS A SECOND LANGUAGE/NEW JERSEY BILINGUAL EDUCATORS
NJTESL/NJBE is an association of educators and administrators dedicated to the instruction of students of limited English proficiency at all levels of public and private education. Its interests include classroom practices, research, curriculum development, funding, employment, and policy advocacy.
http://www.njtesol-njbe.org


STATEWIDE PARENT ADVOCACY NETWORK
SPAN is committed to the support and empowerment of parents to become full partners in the educational process. Through workshops in local communities, SPAN seeks to acquaint parents, including immigrant parents, with their rights under state and federal law.
http://www.spannj.org/








 


State and Local Immigrant Advocacy Coalitions

The following is a list of coalitions of immigrant and immigrant-serving organizations operating on the state and local level:

California (Southern)  Coalition for Humane Immigrant Rights of Los Angeles
California (Northern) Bay Area Immigrant Rights Coalition
Colorado Colorado Immigrant Rights Coalition
Florida Florida Immigrant Advocacy Center
Illinois  Illinois Coalition for Immigrant and Refugee Rights
Massachusetts Masachusetts Immigrant and Refugee Advocacy Coalition
Mississippi Mississippi Immigrant Rights Alliance (MIRA!)
New York The Long Island Immigrant Alliance
  The New York Immigration Coalition
Pennsylvania Pennsylvania Immigration and Citizenship Coalition
Tennessee Tennessee Immigrant and Refugee Rights Coalition
Washington, D.C. Capital Area Immigrant Rights Coalition
  D.C. Language Access Coalition
Washington State OneAmerica, With Justice for All
  
  

 

State and City Offices Promoting Immigrant Integration