New York Immigration Coalition
Program: Special Initiatives
Area of Work: Civic
Grant Purpose: This is New York Campaign
The New York Immigration Coalition is an umbrella policy and advocacy organization that represents 200 organizations and groups that work with immigrants and refugees across New York State. Founded in 1987, New York Immigration Coalition (NYIC) has become a leading advocate for immigrant communities on the local, state and national levels, successfully bringing together multi-ethnic, multi-racial and multi-sector constituencies to pursue a common agenda.
Purpose: To provide general support to advance the NYIC’s policy advocacy, community organization, and legal services.
NYIC coordinates several issue-based collaboratives and working groups to address critical needs facing immigrant communities including immigrant rights, health, education and civic engagement. It also offers training on immigration law and other topics, reaching thousands of legal service providers and nonprofit staff a year, and leads several other special and regional initiatives that facilitate the integration of immigrant communities.
On January 2019, NYIC and its allies celebrated the historic passage of the New York State Dream Act, which extends state-funded college scholarships to thousands of undocumented youth and paves the way for greater economic mobility to immigrants. NYIC and allies brought together DREAMers, educators, and immigration advocates to champion the bill. In 2019, the NYIC organized a statewide campaign that led to a law to make driver’s licenses available to all New Yorkers, regardless of immigration status. The NYIC launched a robust “New York United” advocacy and policy campaign to fight on the federal, state, and local levels to ensure that COVID-19 response efforts are also protecting immigrant communities.