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HRC Supports ya es hora ¡Ciudadanía! Citizenship Workshops

This post comes from HRC Diversity Program Associate, Hyacinth Alvaran.

Throughout July, HRC mobilized its volunteers across six cities to organize and support naturalization workshops under the ya es hora ¡Ciudadanía! civic engagement campaign with the Latino/a community. This was made possible by the leadership of our steering committees in Colorado, Dallas / Ft. Worth, Las Vegas, Long Beach, New York, and Phoenix. Through the coalition effort of civil rights, immigrant, labor, community, business, media, and faith-based organizations, the ya es hora ¡Ciudadanía! campaign was able to help hundreds of eligible legal permanent residents apply for U.S. citizenship. As the only LGBT civil rights organization in the campaign since 2009, HRC continues to be a proud partner in our support of the Latino/a and immigrant communities. In the words of some our volunteers who lead our participation in July:

“HRC Arizona participated in the July 10th ya es hora Citizenship Day with Mi Familia Vota.  During the day we assisted 80 applicants with their N-400 forms.  HRC provided 10 volunteers and trained 3 new people to provide quality checks on the applications.  The next workshop will be October 1st.  Anyone interested in participating can contact the HRC Phoenix Steering Committee! Please visit our webpage.” – Kelley Densham, Diversity Co-Chair of the Phoenix Steering Committee

“The Las Vegas ya es hora ¡Ciudadanía! naturalization workshop held on Saturday, July 16th was a success thanks to the kind participation of 175 volunteers who helped fill out, package and review the applications of approximately 180 participants applying for U.S, citizenship, some of which showed up very early in search of assistance.” – Hergit Llenas, HRC organizer of Las Vegas ya es hora naturalization workshops

“The Human Rights Campaign is a proud national sponsor and supporter of the ya es hora Citizenship Workshop in New York on July 30th. HRC is a member of a coalition with other civil rights organizations including NALEO (National Association of Latino Elected and Appointed Officials). July was National ya es hora Citizenship Month. I had the pleasure of representing HRC in the New York coalition planning meetings, and my steering committee Diversity Co-Chairs Marilyn Abalos and Britni Jackson coordinated the recruitment and training of 36 HRC volunteers. We processed over 200 applicants at the Hermanas Mirabal Intermediate School in Washington Heights. We are increasing our support and participation in local ya es hora forums during 2011/2012. Please keep your eyes and ears on the lookout for future volunteer opportunities and email if you’re interested.” – Pete Webb, Diversity Co-Chair and Board of Governors Member of the Greater New York Steering Committee”

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