Skadden Arps will be hosting a DACA renewal clinic in connection with the Legal Aid Society on September 28th. The clinic will take place at the firm’s New York office, located at 4 Times Square (West 42nd Street at Broadway) from 9 AM to 5 PM. Clients who are interested in participating in the clinic should call the Legal Aid Society at (844) 955-3425, or email them at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Foundation Has Awarded $170,000 to Immigrant Rights Groups This Year
June 21, 2017 (Brooklyn) – Today, Brooklyn Community Foundation is announcing $72,500 in new grants through its Immigrant Rights Fund, a special initiative created by Foundation donors in the weeks after the 2016 presidential election to build a boroughwide response to unjust government policy changes threatening Brooklyn’s immigrants and their families—including increased deportations and criminalization.
As the first and only public foundation dedicated to New York City’s largest borough, Brooklyn Community Foundation has committed a minimum of $1 million over the next four years to support local organizations working for immigrant rights as they address both immediate and long-term needs, from legal assistance, community safety, and social services to advocacy, organizing, and leadership development. Nearly 40% of Brooklyn residents—950,000 people—are foreign-born; it is estimated that 172,000 Brooklynites are undocumented.
“Brooklyn is showing the rest of the country what strength and unity look like in the face of division and injustice,” said Brooklyn Community Foundation President and CEO Cecilia Clarke. “Our borough’s nonprofits, religious institutions, community organizations, and resident advocates are coming together in inspiring and effective ways to protect and provide sanctuary for immigrant families—who are such a vital part of our borough and our neighborhoods. These new grants bolster their critical work, and are a strong statement from our donors that we stand together against injustice.”
In February, the Foundation awarded $95,000 through the Fund to eight local organizations to support Immediate Response efforts in the wake of the since-halted executive order banning travelers from seven Muslim-majority countries as well as new refugee admissions.
These new grants are aimed at long-term challenges, including increased threats of deportations that would separate parents and children, as well as continued funding for advocacy and organizing. Grants are made in two areas: Sustained Response grants up to $20,000 to address emerging long-term needs, and Action Fund grants of $2,500 for civil resistance trainings and events.
Sustained Response Grants (Spring 2017)
Action Fund Grants (Spring 2017)
The Foundation will continue to support local immigrant rights efforts through the Immigrant Rights Fund’s Sustained Response and Action Fund grants. Sustained Response: The Foundation has issued a Request for Conversations with immigrant-serving organizations seeking support ranging from $10,000 to $25,000 for organizing, mental health services, community safety, and legal services. Action Fund: Grant requests for up to $2,500 are considered on a rolling basis, and can support civil resistance and organizing efforts—including community-building, public education, action planning, and event logistics. Details on applying for Immigrant Rights Fund grants are provided at www.bcfny.org/apply.
About Brooklyn’s Immigrant Communities
The Trump Administration’s adverse and restrictive position on immigration poses a substantial threat to Brooklyn’s economic strength as well as the stability of families and communities. Brooklyn is home to nearly 950,000 foreign-born residents—almost 40% of the borough’s total population—with vast diversity across neighborhoods, including the Chinese communities of Sunset Park and Bensonhurst, long-standing Caribbean communities in Flatbush and Crown Heights, Arab American communities in Bay Ridge, Mexican and Dominican immigrants in Bushwick, and growing numbers of Bangladeshi residents in East New York and Kensington. Immigrants are also significant contributors to Brooklyn’s economic strength—nearly 50% of all Brooklyn businesses are immigrant-owned.
It is estimated that 172,000 immigrants in Brooklyn are undocumented. Among U.S. counties, Brooklyn ranks 9th in total undocumented residents. Over a quarter of undocumented immigrants in the borough live with a child who was born in the United States, highlighting the potential impact deportations may have on separating parents from their children.
About the Immigrant Rights Fund
Brooklyn Community Foundation created its Immigrant Rights Fund in late 2016 with the goal of deploying at least $1 million over the next four years to support the immediate and long-term needs of immigrant communities affected by exclusionary and destabilizing government policy changes, while strengthening collaboration among immigrant-serving nonprofits in the borough. So far, the Foundation has raised $725,000 for the Fund, and welcomes further contributions at www.bcfny.org/donate.
About Brooklyn Community Foundation
Brooklyn Community Foundation is on a mission to spark lasting social change, mobilizing people, capital, and expertise for a fair and just Brooklyn. It is the first and only public foundation solely dedicated to Brooklyn’s charitable community, working in partnership with generous donors and community leaders to bolster vital nonprofits, strengthen neighborhoods, increase opportunities for youth, and advance racial equity. Since its founding in 2009, the Foundation and its donors have provided over $30 million in grants to more than 300 nonprofits in Brooklyn and beyond. Learn more at www.BrooklynCommunityFoundation.org.