Dominicanos USA’s latest citizenship workshop was a huge success! Huge thanks to our wonderful volunteers ranging from full-time students to full-time employees! Also a big gracias to our wonderful lawyers for attending and partaking in the pre-screening process and the Work Learn Grow program for helping the youth participate in the community’s overall growth by engaging with the legalization process. 48 people arrived and we managed to complete a total of 33 citizenship applications, which is a great turn out.
Community outreach has always been a main factor at Dominicanos USA. As a Graphic Designer and Web Developer filling in for our amazing blogger, I can honestly tell you that each and every corner of DUSA involves the community (trust me I’ve canvassed for these people). Our organization takes the community seriously I tell you! It’s a great and fulfilling experience overall, and I’m so glad to be a part of it.
Creating a pathway to citizenship is a direct injection of new voters into the political system. We created a model and path to ensure individuals receive needed support. At a time when the nation is divided and anti-immigration at rhetoric, we at DUSA believe immigrants are the strong pillars of this nation. Thus, it’s important for us to provide these workshops to empower immigrants and the overall community. To support this program or other youth development and civic integration programs here at DUSA, donate here.
¿Sabe usted los beneficios de ser ciudadano estadounidense? Obtener ciudadanía americana no es tan sólo asunto de adquirir un pasaporte americano. Como organización dominico-americana, nuestro objetivo es incluir y movilizar a los dominicanos residentes permanentes que aún no se han hecho ciudadanos. Los beneficios de hacerse ciudadano estadounidense incluyen: votar en elecciones, obtener un pasaporte estadounidense, ser capaz de patrocinar a su familia para ser residentes permanentes, ser elegible para becas escolares y subsidios del gobierno, poder viajar al extranjero por largos periodos de tiempo, entre otros beneficios. ¡Comience el proceso de ciudadanía hoy! Llame a nuestra oficina al 718 665 0400 y pregunte sobre los eventos de asistencia para ciudadanía, o presione este enlace aquí.
By: Dinahlee Pena
On Saturday, November 18th, Dominicanos USA helped pave a better future for individuals in the Dominican-American Community. We assisted 21 permanent residents from all over New York City during our monthly citizenship workshop. We provided people with one on one conferences with lawyers as well as referrals to civic classes. In all, Dominicanos USA was able to complete 13 citizenship applications.
DUSA was also pleased to receive Senator Marisol Alcantara, of the 31st District of New York senate, in their office on Saturday. The senator came to support DUSA’s vision and movement towards mobilizing U.S. permanent residents and helping them achieve citizenship. Alcantara explored the ins and outs of the citizenship workshop. At the event, she spoke to the lawyers, warmly greeted applicants, and encouraged them to become U.S. citizens. All in all, senator Alcantara was impressed by the work and assistance DUSA had to offer to our community.
Helping people obtain American citizenship is essential to the work we do at DUSA. Becoming an American citizen enables the immigrant community to have a greater influence in politics. Through American citizenship, residents are able to exercise more civic rights and become more involved in their communities, which is exactly what DUSA aims for.
Saturday, October 14, DUSA hosted another Free Citizenship Assistance Workshop. It will be the 17th workshop DUSA has conducted with the help of organizations like Carnegie, the New Americans Campaign, and CUNY Citizenship Now. Our mission, as you may know, is to empower more than one-third of New York’s population who is foreign-born and aspire to be United States citizens. Unfortunately, most legal permanent residents do not inquire about the naturalization process due to limited access to resources.
Creating a pathway to citizenship is a direct injection of new voters into the political system. We created a model and path to ensure individuals receive needed support. At a time when the nation is divided and anti-immigration at rhetoric, we at DUSA believe immigrants are the strong pillars of this nation. Thus, it’s important for us to provide these workshops to empower immigrants and the overall community. To support this program or our other youth development and civic integration programs, donate here
Dominicanos USA (DUSA) will hold its monthly DUSA Citizenship Workshop this upcoming Saturday, March 25, 2017 beginning at 9:00 a.m. The citizenship drive will take place in the office of Brooklyn Borough President Eric Adams.
This free citizenship workshop will take place at the following address:
Brooklyn Borough Hall
209 Joralemon Street
Brooklyn, NY 11201
National Executive Director Eddie Cuesta is quoted in an official press release put out by Brooklyn Borough President Eric Adams.
“Dominicanos USA urges all eligible and legal permanent residents with no minor offense to take the initial step of becoming a naturalized citizen. United States citizens are afforded opportunities not available to residents, as citizenship improves one’s quality of life. A citizen can exercise their right to vote, has easier travel and re-entry into the United States, can apply for federal jobs and scholarships only open tocitizens, and also has access to a multitude of other benefits.”
Mr. Cuesta’s quote can be found in several media outlets including the following newspapers and online mediums:
The Post Eagle (English)
Diario Digital (Espanol)