Daniel Torres, Director of Immigrant Integration, State of California Be the Change

Daniel Torres

| in Immigrant Rights

Director of Immigrant Integration, State of California

The son of Mexican immigrants, Daniel Torres is leading California’s efforts to ensure that the state’s 10 million immigrants are welcome and can find opportunities to thrive.

How does your life experience shape the work you do? The experience of growing up in an immigrant family and community shaped how I see my work. The values that my parents held also informed my view of world. My par…

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Naturalization Clinic

Teaming to Help Immigrants Become Citizens

| by Cathy Cha in Immigrant Rights

Why Five Grant Makers Came Together to Form the New Americans Campaign

Cathy Cha, Angela Cheng, Leslie Dorosin, and Geri Mannion on the five principles that are essential to successful collaborative grant-making efforts.

This article was originally published in the Chronicle of Philanthropy. Six years ago, five grant makers came together to form the New Americans Campaign because they believe immigrants can and do…

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Unite

Joint Foundation Statement on Immigration

| by Jennie Lehua Watson in Immigrant Rights

Foundations Unite to Oppose Immigration Executive Orders

The Haas, Jr. Fund joins with other immigrant rights funders in support of policies that advance diversity, inclusion and human dignity

This statement was originally published by Grantmakers Concerned with Immigrants and Refugees (GCIR).  Statement The United States stands at a historical crossroads. Founded as a refuge from religious per…

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Unite Letter from the VP

Searching for a New Program Director to Lead Immigrant Rights Work

| by Cathy Cha in Immigrant Rights

Haas, Jr. Fund Seeking Program Director for Immigrant Rights and Integration

At a time of great uncertainty for immigrant communities, the Fund is seeking a dynamic and strategic leader to oversee and strengthen its immigrant rights work.

The Evelyn and Walter Haas, Jr. Fund is searching for a program director to lead our immigrant rights and integration work. The job requires a bold, passionate, creative leader—someone who can work with us and…

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Jose Antonio Vargas Be the Change

Jose Antonio Vargas

| in Immigrant Rights

CEO and Founder, Define American

The Pulitzer Prize-winning founder of Define American and #EmergingUS reflects on the value of curiosity and empathy, and about what it will take to change the politics of immigration.

Where are you from? Manila, Philippines. What did you eat for breakfast this morning? A hardboiled egg and a Starbucks venti iced coffee with soy milk. Where do you call home? Los Angeles, where my shoes are,…

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Naturalization Ceremony

How Citizenship Made Our Family’s American Dream Happen

| by Cathy Cha in Immigrant Rights

Reflections on the power of citizenship

Program Director, Cathy Cha, shares the story of her immigrant father and how the New Americans Campaign is working to eliminate the barriers for naturalization.

During Welcoming Week, I am reflecting on the story of my immigrant father and the act of citizenship that made our family’s American dream happen. My father, Hyoju, was born on a rice farm in South Korea. At age…

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Citizenship fair

Citizenship and Its Privileges

| by Victoria Rodarte in Immigrant Rights

Reflections on helping new Americans navigate the path to naturalization

Less than 10% of people who could naturalize in the U.S. actually do. Victoria Rodarte talks about her experience volunteering at citizenship fairs, and what brings her to this work.

It was a typical foggy late summer morning in San Francisco. We were in an office in the Tenderloin district, which was set up for the day to help immigrants apply for citizenship. The room was filled to capacity, w…

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