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Immigration-Related Employment Discrimination Public Education

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Description of original award (Fiscal Year 2008, $75,000)

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.

The National Immigration Law Center (NILC) will provide timely materials, training, and technical assistance to explain how laws, policies, and practices impact discrimination protections. NILC is uniquely positioned to carry out this project as a result of: broad expertise on the INA's anti-discrimination protections, immigration law, employment, and public benefits for low income immigrants; and, ongoing work with constituent communities including labor unions, worker centers, interfaith groups, and immigration, labor and employment attorneys.

NILC's first campaign strategy will produce and disseminate educational and outreach materials concerning the INA's anti-discrimination protections. The project will include updating a number of NILC publications as well as producing new publications regarding anti-discrimination protections and emerging issues in NILC's Immigrants' Rights Update e-newsletter. Two NILC listservs will also focus on immigrant employment issues.

The second campaign strategy will promote the use of these materials through trainings, strategy sessions, and conference presentations. Trainings will target advocates in key cities and states, and at regional and national conferences, to inform them regarding new or proposed laws and ordinances requiring employers to use the E-Verify program.

The third campaign strategy will be to provide technical assistance to advocates working directly with immigrant workers regarding anti-discrimination protections. In addition, NILC will conduct a comprehensive evaluation of this project.


Date Created: September 23, 2008