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Sun. Apr 21st, 2024

Commissioner Manuel Castro of the Mayor’s Office of Immigrant Affairs (MOIA) has unveiled a series of significant accomplishments and initiatives aimed at bolstering support for immigrant New Yorkers. The revelations were part of MOIA’s 2023 Report on the City’s Immigrant Population and Office Initiatives, highlighting the office’s ongoing commitment to addressing the evolving needs of immigrant communities.

Commissioner Manuel Castro expressed pride in the collaborative efforts, stating, “This year, our office continued to work alongside city agencies, faith-based institutions, and community partners to meet the needs of the asylum seeker humanitarian crisis while still serving long-time immigrant New Yorkers. I am proud to serve our immigrant communities and we will lead to fight for the rights and supports that immigrant New Yorkers need.”

**Key Initiatives Unveiled:**

*Informational Videos for Asylum Seekers*

In response to the influx of over 150,000 migrants to New York City, MOIA has launched a series of informational videos designed to assist asylum seekers in navigating the complexities of the federal immigration process. Topics covered in the instructional videos include “ice check-ins,” immigration documents, and court proceedings.

*Asylum Seeker Legal Assistance Network (ASLAN)*

Recognizing the absence of a national strategy to support asylum seekers, MOIA has invested $5 million in the Asylum Seeker Legal Assistance Network (ASLAN). This initiative aims to expand the capacity of non-profit organizations to provide crucial immigration legal assistance to newly arrived asylum seekers, offering orientation sessions, legal screenings, application assistance, pro se assistance clinics, and other vital services.

*Supporting Asylum Seeker Resource Satellite Sites*

MOIA has extended funding to asylum seeker resources satellite sites across all five boroughs. These sites provide in-person social services, including job readiness training, comprehensive case management, and immigrant rights workshops in various languages.

*Haitian Response Initiative*

In a commitment to support the Haitian community, MOIA has extended $1.3 million in funding to the Haitian Response Initiative. This initiative comprises seven Haitian-led nonprofit organizations offering social and support services, along with a citywide immigration legal service provider delivering legal assistance and capacity-building trainings to community-based organizations.

*National Convening on Asylum Seeker Response*

MOIA hosted a national convening involving over 23 cities to address the asylum seeker humanitarian crisis. Advocacy points discussed included securing additional federal support, expediting work authorizations for recent arrivals, and enacting a national decompression and resettlement strategy.

*Immigrant Heritage Plaza Unveiled*

Formerly known as “Public Place” within Bowling Green Park, MOIA has renamed the historic space “Immigrant Heritage Plaza” to honor the contributions of all immigrants who have played a role in building New York City. The plaza, marked by a commemorative plaque, will be utilized for various immigrant-related events.

*Immigrant Resource Road Map*

MOIA has released an immigrant resource road map in over 50 languages to ensure that immigrant New Yorkers have access to information on city resources and protected rights.

*Flag Raising Ceremonies and We Love Immigrant NYC Campaign*

In celebration of New York City’s diverse immigrant communities, MOIA, in collaboration with the Mayor’s Office of International Affairs and Community Affairs, hosted 35 flag raising ceremonies, showcasing cultural celebrations for countries such as Nepal, Mexico, Kenya, and more. Additionally, MOIA kicked off the “We Love Immigrant NYC” campaign, aiming to spotlight over 20 immigrant neighborhoods across the city as part of its annual immigrant heritage celebration.

The unveiled initiatives reflect the Mayor’s Office of Immigrant Affairs’ unwavering commitment to fostering an inclusive and supportive environment for New York City’s vibrant immigrant population.

Commissioner Manuel Castro of the Mayor’s Office of Immigrant Affairs (MOIA) has unveiled a series of significant accomplishments and initiatives aimed at bolstering support for immigrant New Yorkers. The revelations were part of MOIA’s 2023 Report on the City’s Immigrant Population and Office Initiatives, highlighting the office’s ongoing commitment to addressing the evolving needs of immigrant communities.

Commissioner Manuel Castro expressed pride in the collaborative efforts, stating, “This year, our office continued to work alongside city agencies, faith-based institutions, and community partners to meet the needs of the asylum seeker humanitarian crisis while still serving long-time immigrant New Yorkers. I am proud to serve our immigrant communities and we will lead to fight for the rights and supports that immigrant New Yorkers need.”

**Key Initiatives Unveiled:**

*Informational Videos for Asylum Seekers*

In response to the influx of over 150,000 migrants to New York City, MOIA has launched a series of informational videos designed to assist asylum seekers in navigating the complexities of the federal immigration process. Topics covered in the instructional videos include “ice check-ins,” immigration documents, and court proceedings.

*Asylum Seeker Legal Assistance Network (ASLAN)*

Recognizing the absence of a national strategy to support asylum seekers, MOIA has invested $5 million in the Asylum Seeker Legal Assistance Network (ASLAN). This initiative aims to expand the capacity of non-profit organizations to provide crucial immigration legal assistance to newly arrived asylum seekers, offering orientation sessions, legal screenings, application assistance, pro se assistance clinics, and other vital services.

*Supporting Asylum Seeker Resource Satellite Sites*

MOIA has extended funding to asylum seeker resources satellite sites across all five boroughs. These sites provide in-person social services, including job readiness training, comprehensive case management, and immigrant rights workshops in various languages.

*Haitian Response Initiative*

In a commitment to support the Haitian community, MOIA has extended $1.3 million in funding to the Haitian Response Initiative. This initiative comprises seven Haitian-led nonprofit organizations offering social and support services, along with a citywide immigration legal service provider delivering legal assistance and capacity-building trainings to community-based organizations.

*National Convening on Asylum Seeker Response*

MOIA hosted a national convening involving over 23 cities to address the asylum seeker humanitarian crisis. Advocacy points discussed included securing additional federal support, expediting work authorizations for recent arrivals, and enacting a national decompression and resettlement strategy.

*Immigrant Heritage Plaza Unveiled*

Formerly known as “Public Place” within Bowling Green Park, MOIA has renamed the historic space “Immigrant Heritage Plaza” to honor the contributions of all immigrants who have played a role in building New York City. The plaza, marked by a commemorative plaque, will be utilized for various immigrant-related events.

*Immigrant Resource Road Map*

MOIA has released an immigrant resource road map in over 50 languages to ensure that immigrant New Yorkers have access to information on city resources and protected rights.

*Flag Raising Ceremonies and We Love Immigrant NYC Campaign*

In celebration of New York City’s diverse immigrant communities, MOIA, in collaboration with the Mayor’s Office of International Affairs and Community Affairs, hosted 35 flag raising ceremonies, showcasing cultural celebrations for countries such as Nepal, Mexico, Kenya, and more. Additionally, MOIA kicked off the “We Love Immigrant NYC” campaign, aiming to spotlight over 20 immigrant neighborhoods across the city as part of its annual immigrant heritage celebration.

The unveiled initiatives reflect the Mayor’s Office of Immigrant Affairs’ unwavering commitment to fostering an inclusive and supportive environment for New York City’s vibrant immigrant population.

Commissioner Manuel Castro of the Mayor’s Office of Immigrant Affairs (MOIA) has unveiled a series of significant accomplishments and initiatives aimed at bolstering support for immigrant New Yorkers. The revelations were part of MOIA’s 2023 Report on the City’s Immigrant Population and Office Initiatives, highlighting the office’s ongoing commitment to addressing the evolving needs of immigrant communities.

Commissioner Manuel Castro expressed pride in the collaborative efforts, stating, “This year, our office continued to work alongside city agencies, faith-based institutions, and community partners to meet the needs of the asylum seeker humanitarian crisis while still serving long-time immigrant New Yorkers. I am proud to serve our immigrant communities and we will lead to fight for the rights and supports that immigrant New Yorkers need.”

**Key Initiatives Unveiled:**

*Informational Videos for Asylum Seekers*

In response to the influx of over 150,000 migrants to New York City, MOIA has launched a series of informational videos designed to assist asylum seekers in navigating the complexities of the federal immigration process. Topics covered in the instructional videos include “ice check-ins,” immigration documents, and court proceedings.

*Asylum Seeker Legal Assistance Network (ASLAN)*

Recognizing the absence of a national strategy to support asylum seekers, MOIA has invested $5 million in the Asylum Seeker Legal Assistance Network (ASLAN). This initiative aims to expand the capacity of non-profit organizations to provide crucial immigration legal assistance to newly arrived asylum seekers, offering orientation sessions, legal screenings, application assistance, pro se assistance clinics, and other vital services.

*Supporting Asylum Seeker Resource Satellite Sites*

MOIA has extended funding to asylum seeker resources satellite sites across all five boroughs. These sites provide in-person social services, including job readiness training, comprehensive case management, and immigrant rights workshops in various languages.

*Haitian Response Initiative*

In a commitment to support the Haitian community, MOIA has extended $1.3 million in funding to the Haitian Response Initiative. This initiative comprises seven Haitian-led nonprofit organizations offering social and support services, along with a citywide immigration legal service provider delivering legal assistance and capacity-building trainings to community-based organizations.

*National Convening on Asylum Seeker Response*

MOIA hosted a national convening involving over 23 cities to address the asylum seeker humanitarian crisis. Advocacy points discussed included securing additional federal support, expediting work authorizations for recent arrivals, and enacting a national decompression and resettlement strategy.

*Immigrant Heritage Plaza Unveiled*

Formerly known as “Public Place” within Bowling Green Park, MOIA has renamed the historic space “Immigrant Heritage Plaza” to honor the contributions of all immigrants who have played a role in building New York City. The plaza, marked by a commemorative plaque, will be utilized for various immigrant-related events.

*Immigrant Resource Road Map*

MOIA has released an immigrant resource road map in over 50 languages to ensure that immigrant New Yorkers have access to information on city resources and protected rights.

*Flag Raising Ceremonies and We Love Immigrant NYC Campaign*

In celebration of New York City’s diverse immigrant communities, MOIA, in collaboration with the Mayor’s Office of International Affairs and Community Affairs, hosted 35 flag raising ceremonies, showcasing cultural celebrations for countries such as Nepal, Mexico, Kenya, and more. Additionally, MOIA kicked off the “We Love Immigrant NYC” campaign, aiming to spotlight over 20 immigrant neighborhoods across the city as part of its annual immigrant heritage celebration.

The unveiled initiatives reflect the Mayor’s Office of Immigrant Affairs’ unwavering commitment to fostering an inclusive and supportive environment for New York City’s vibrant immigrant population.

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