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 | Jan 25, 2018 | DUSA, News
DUSA Attends Dominican Heritage Night at the Barclays Center
The Dominican American National Foundation awards the DANF Blue Flame of Achievement Award to honor local community leaders and organizations working to advance and integrate Latinos into American society. Dominicanos USA attended the event as DANF honorees, in recognition of the work they do and how it has impacted the Dominican community. Eddie Cuesta, National Executive Director of DUSA, was there to receive the award on behalf of the organization.
The DUSA team also participated and engaged with the Dominican Heritage Night attendees. The team registered eligible citizens to vote, with the goal of further integrating Dominicans into American society.
by Dinahlee Pena | Jan 24, 2018 | DUSA, News, Voter Registration
Marches Make News, Voting Makes A Difference
On the morning of January 20th, 2018, in the heart of New York City, over 200,000 people attended the second annual Women’s March. The demonstrators held signs that came in waves of color as they marched. Etched on these signs were the concerns of many New Yorkers, including issues such as women’s rights, immigrant reform, and racial equality.
Dominicanos USA, in partnership with the League of Women Voters, stood at the outskirts of the Women’s March in New York City, with the goal of registering eligible voters.
The Women’s March did not only represent the shift women want to see in society but also encompassed the various concerns of the people. It ultimately became their platform to speak. From toddlers to senior citizens, the Women’s March became home to a diverse pool of people who united as one, regardless of age, gender, or race.
by Omar Suarez | Jan 12, 2018 | DUSA, News, Services
This winter, Dominicanos USA has partnered up with the New York Historical Society to give free civics classes to green card holders in preparation for their naturalization interview. The series of classes will be hosted at our Bronx office and will be available to individuals who are permanent residents. These free civics classes are part of DUSA’s mission to help immigrants from our community become naturalized citizens.
The New-York Historical Society offers FREE civics classes for green card holders on the path to American citizenship. The 24-hour course prepares permanent residents for the civics test portion of the United States Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) naturalization interview.
The interactive course covers all 100 questions from the USCIS Civics Test. Participants will explore the Museum and learn about American history and government using objects, paintings, and documents from our collection. Classes are taught in English and are accessible to English Language Learners.
The Citizenship Project is made possible by generous grants from the Ford Foundation, The JPB Foundation, The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, and The New York Community Trust, and in partnership with CUNY Citizenship Now!
“When I shared with my friends about the sessions, they asked me why not just memorize the 100 items for the citizenship exams?
My reply was: I’m a visual person and I usually internalize an info or issue with actual viewing and hearing, and that it is my intention to understand better the history of the United States.”
-Elsie, originally from the Philippines
New Courses Start This Winter
January 6 – February 3
Saturdays, 10am – 4pm
January 9 – February 15
Tuesdays and Thursdays, 6 – 8pm
February 17 – March 10
Saturdays, 10am – 4pm