by Dinahlee Pena | Jan 30, 2019 | Citizenship, Ciudadanía, DUSA, Services, Servicios
DUSA ayuda a comunidad en el proceso de ciudadania
Dominicanos USA (“DUSA”), que cuenta con el programa de asistencia gratuita de la solicitud de la ciudadania para todos los residentes permanentes legales en los EE.UU., continúa asistiendo a la comunidad dominicana. Desde el 2016, seguimos innovando y utilizando nuevas tecnologías para agilizar el proceso de la solicitud y mejorar nuestro modelo de servicio. Por lo tanto, tenemos el propósito de servir a la mayor cantidad de solicitantes posible.
En nuestro más reciente evento el 18 de enero, ayudamos a 25 personas a iniciar el proceso. 20 completaron la aplicación en casa, en nuestro esfuerzo de motivarlos a empezar la aplicación en línea utilizando Citizenshipworks. También hemos creado recursos como un video tutorialque sirve de guía para falicitar este proceso.
Una vez completo el formulario a un 95%, se le informa al participante que su aplicación está lista y que un abogado hará la revisión final. Si la persona no tiene un mínimo de 95% de su aplicación completada o no puede llenarla en linea, se le hace una cita para visitar nuestra oficina y así se la ayudamos a completar antes de la revisión por el abogado. Por medio de este proceso, se le garantiza al solicitante que su tiempo de espera será reducido drásticamente. Además de esto, nos aseguramos de empaquetar el formulario con todos los documentos necesarios y listo para enviar por correo. Ademas de recibir materiales de estudio y clases para la capacitación del exámen para la naturalización.
Desde el inicio de nuestro programa de ciudadanía, hemos asistido a más de 4,000 personas en el proceso de elegibilidad. De estos, hemos registrado a más de 2,000 para nuestros talleres, de lo cual 600 han sometido su solicitud.
A todas aquellas personas que creen ser elegibles para solicitar la ciudadanía, le sugerimos que den el primer paso y contacten a DUSA. Nosotros podemos confirmar su elegibilidad y empezar su proceso lo más pronto posible. De esta manera, puede aprovechar los recursos que hay disponibles. Esto incluye la posibilidad de aplicar gratuitamente de acuerdo a la cantidad de ingresos que reciba, asistencia pública, entre otros.
by Dinahlee Pena | Aug 24, 2018 | DUSA, News, Noticias, Registro de votantes, Voter Registration
“Only once I moved to New York had I experienced the privilege of knowing another language. I learned that there are so many countries, cultures, and traditions that make up Latin America. I appreciate DUSA staff because they are patient with me.”
I was extremely nervous when I walked up to the Dominicanos USA table at Catholic Charities. I didn’t know anything about the job. But the most important thing was to be employed. I wanted to get a taste of adulthood. I was excited to register people to vote and surprised to learn how easy filling out the form was. But the hardest thing was to get clients. I never realized how difficult it is to make people care about an integral part of society. Sometimes they just don’t know certain information. Citizens who have lived in America for decades don’t know what state primaries are. I don’t remember many clients only how hard I worked to get them.
One of my biggest challenges is being monolingual. I moved from Georgia to New York the summer before freshman year. Most of the kids in my old school were black or white. There were about 10 Latinos that I knew. I knew learning Spanish would be a good skill to have but didn’t think it would be necessary. One summer I read a book about a girl whose parents were undocumented. The book opened my eyes to the fact that not all Latinos are Mexican. I was ignorant because we only learned about America, the Middle East, and Europe in Social Studies. Only once I moved to New York had I experienced the privilege of knowing another language. I learned that there are so many countries, cultures, and traditions that make up Latin America. I appreciate DUSA staff because they are patient with me. Especially Darleny, Rocio, and Austine. Everyday I come home from work, I’m very exhausted but I still love my job. I love contributing to social change, helping people, and earning money.
***This is a guest post by one of Summer 2018’s Young Voices, Joyce Allen Marks. Interested in donating to Dominicanos USA? Click here!
by Dinahlee Pena | May 24, 2018 | DUSA, News, Noticias
Interview with Dominican-American Entrepreneur Mariano Diaz
“Reinvent yourself” – Mariano Diaz
On May 18th, 2018, DUSA held its 3rd Annual Interchange with UNIBE, one of the most prestigious universities in the Dominican Republic. Entrepreneur Mariano Diaz was invited as a special guest speaker for this event. During his visit, he was kind enough to sit down with me for an interview. We discussed the many stories and experiences that made him the successful man he is today, ranging from his study abroad experience in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil and study of Romance languages, to his role as founder and former president of the National Supermarket Association.
Mariano Diaz emigrated from the Dominican Republic at just twenty years old. He settled in New York City where he then went on to major in Romance Languages at CUNY. When asked how his language studies impacted his career, he stated that “it made him more analytical.” He asserted that his studies in Latin, for example, helped him become more detailed in his work. After graduating college, Mariano Diaz decided to go into the food industry, subsequently becoming founder of the National Supermarket Association. When asked what piece of advice he’d give his younger self, he said, “to listen more and be more patient.”
It was an honor to have Mariano Diaz visit the DUSA office. He is just one example of the many creative minds and innovators that, from humble beginnings, have flourished in our community. The Dominican-American community in the United States is one that is constantly growing and evolving. I am sure this is only the beginning for many of our leaders.
by Dinahlee Pena | May 8, 2018 | Citizenship, Ciudadanía
Dominicanos USA strongly believes in engaging and educating the younger demographic of future Dominican American voters and leaders. The fastest growing age group among the Dominican American community is between the ages of 14 and 21. In efforts to continue our mission of empowering the youth, we have visited numerous high schools, educational campuses, and colleges throughout New York City.
Our staff went to Mott Hall High School, Albert Tuitt Educational Campus, Evander Childs Educational Campus, Theodore Roosevelt Educational Campus, and St. Francis College. At these schools, we were able to speak to students about the importance of higher education and engagement in the community. In addition, our staff registered over 100 eligible students to vote. We believe in the power that the future generations hold through voting, and the change the youth can bring to society by voicing their ideas.
by Dinahlee Pena | Mar 16, 2018 | Citizenship, Services, Servicios
DUSA’s February Citizenship Workshop and the 1.5 Generation
The 1.5 generation phenomenon was especially prevalent in Dominicanos USA’s latest citizenship workshop. About a third of the workshop attendees belonged to the 18-24 demographic, the majority of whom were part of the 1.5 generation.
Essentially, the 1.5 generation is made up of individuals who were born abroad and immigrated to the United States at a very young age, usually before they are exposed to their native country’s culture. They may or may not speak their native language, but are most likely knowledgeable of the English language, as well as American culture.
Because these individuals have no concrete recollection of their home country, they are more prone to consider themselves, culturally and socially, Americans. Thus, obtaining American citizenship is a crucial step in integration into American society.
It was also amazing to see that some of the attendees began their citizenship applications online through Citizenshipworks! All in all, it was a successful day at Dominicanos USA.