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Immigration-Related Employment Education Project

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Description of original award (Fiscal Year 2008, $66,500)

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.

Colorado Legal Services (CLS), in collaboration with Catholic Charities Immigration Services (CCIS), will expand dual urban-rural iimmigrant education efforts. The project will focus on the I-25 'Front Range' corridor, the agricultural regions of the state, and the I-70 corridor through mountain resort communities between Denver and Grand Junction. CLS has made considerable contacts with Metro Area immigrant groups and service providers. Staff members will continue to target these groups, including underserved urban immigrant groups, refugee populations, adult educators, unions, and labor organizations. CLS will continue its very effective Migrant Farm Worker Outreach, with an emphasis on areas where the most employers are located. CCIS will conduct outreach to faith-based groups through parish bulletins and community newspapers.

CCIS will distribute materials to individuals served at their three immigration offices, monthly legal aid evening clinics in Denver and Aurora, quarterly naturalization clinics in Longmont, and at all immigration services presentations. CCIS also will utilize its extensive network of social services programs that provide emergency assistance, housing/shelter, child care, education to staff in the network, and distribution of materials to their clientele.


Date Created: September 23, 2008