Description of original award (Fiscal Year 2008, $50,000)
The U.S. Department of Justice, Civil Rights Division, Office of Special Counsel for Immigration Related Unfair Employment Practices (OSC) funds grants for the purpose of conducting public education programs about: (1) the rights afforded potential victims of employment discrimination; and, (2) the responsibilities of employers under the anti-discrimination provision of the Immigration and Nationality Act (INA), 8 U.S.C. §1324b. Funded projects design and implement public education campaigns to address immigration related unfair employment discrimination by educating workers, employers, and the general public about the anti-discrimination provision of the INA.
Lutheran Children and Family Service (LCFS) will develop a statewide program in Pennsylvania with a particular focus on the dissemination of information to newcomer communities--specifically, those connected with refugees arriving in Pennsylvania. As the largest refugee resettlement agency in Pennsylvania, LCFS works closely with a variety of ethnic communities, and is both an educator and an advocate for clients who are unable to get employment or who face losing employment due to their own or their employer's lack of understanding of documentation requirements. As a Refugee Service Provider, LCFS is part of the network of the Pennsylvania Bureau of Employment and Training Programs as well as the network of Pennsylvania Refugee Service Providers. LCFS will work through networks of newcomers and service providers to disseminate anti-discrimination information across Pennsylvania. The project will utilized outreach and education to newcomers as a tool to address a climate of increased discrimination and fear. DOJ funding will provide a vehicle for pro-active empowerment and education in an increasingly fearful environment.