We launched the DUSA Citizenship program in August 2016 to enhance the ability of our community to engage civically, by helping eligible legal permanent residents become U.S. citizens. After being active in the community for several years, registering citizens to vote, we realized we were encountering literally hundreds of Dominicans every day who wanted to register but couldn’t because they were not citizens, and were not sure how to become naturalized.
Made possible by a grant from the Carnegie Corporation of New York, DUSA Citizenship is now engaging this young, dynamic, and fast-growing group of new Americans in the naturalization process. We are making this incredible social change a reality with a unique and innovative model that incorporates the latest tech, best practices from across the country, and a team that understands the Dominican community because they come from it. Our approach combines Dominican cultural pride with a strong belief that citizenship holds the key to extraordinary opportunities for themselves and their families, and for the United States to also benefit from their social, civic, and economic contributions.
Eligible LPRs are identified and recruited when our team is out in the community registering voters and we also ask the thousands of voters that we register every week to refer any friends and family that need naturalization help. In addition, we use our “Dominican data model” to find eligible LPRs in the general population. After their information is collected, they are contacted and go through a pre-screening process to verify if they are eligible to apply for citizenship, followed by a free workshop where they receive assistance filling out their application and legal review from a lawyer. Candidates who need services, get referred for those services. Our first-rate data collection ensures that we follow our people from first-contact all the way to their swearing-in ceremony.
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