Immigrant Info / Santa Clara County

The Santa Clara County Section includes publications, articles and special resource links for SCC immigrants. All of these links and much more can also be found in the Resources Search page.

After 30 years, SIREN's vision grows under Trump Administration
10/31/17 This year, SIREN's staff of 15 faced Trump's travel bans, new policies punishing sanctuary cities, tighter caps on refugee admissions and most recently, the termination of the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program. In response, SIREN doubled down on its advocacy efforts to meet a growing demand for legal aid, services and support for nearly triple the amount of clients, and expanded its work into the Central Valley.
Board Reaffirms Commitment to Program for Undocumented Youth
8/15/17 In unanimously approving a resolution on August 15th, the Board of Supervisors vowed to defend DACA against legal threats, send a letter to the Trump Administration in support of keeping DACA alive and a letter of support to co-authors of new Federal DREAM Act. The DREAM Act would provide legal status, as well as a path to citizenship for undocumented immigrant youth who entered the United States before the age of 18. Key Words: Dreamers
County of Santa Clara Seeks to Permanently Strike Down Executive Order Targeting "Sanctuary Jurisdic
8/31/17 Today, the County of Santa Clara will ask a federal court to declare unconstitutional and permanently enjoin enforcement of an Executive Order provision that would de-fund "sanctuary jurisdictions." "The County of Santa Clara has a state-mandated duty to protect the health and safety of all its residents, and to set policies that best serve those interests," said Dave Cortese, President of the Santa Clara County Board of Supervisors. "The Trump Administration has sought to use this Executive Order to bully local governments into abandoning that duty, in clear violation of the U.S. Constitution."
DACA CELEBRATES 5 YEARS - WHAT DREAMERS ARE MADE OF
8/16/17 The Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program, now threatened under the Trump administration, gave young, undocumented immigrants or Dreamers temporary deportation relief and work permits. Yesterday the SCC Board of Supervisors unanimously approved a resolution reaffirming its support for the program. I believe most of us understand that one of our highest obligations as adults in this community is to take care of children, and to act as if every child in our community is part of our own family, said Supervisor Cindy Chavez.
Mayor Liccardo and City Council File Lawsuit Challenging Trump Administration's Action to Eliminate
9/14/17 This morning, the City of San José is filing a complaint in federal court challenging the Trump Administration's Sep. 5 rescission of the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program. Today's lawsuit is based on the fact that the City of San José - and countless other jurisdictions in the state - currently employ hard-working DACA recipients to provide critical public services to our residents. The City would suffer tangible losses from the Trump Administration's actions given the significant services, work product, and taxes that these employees currently contribute to their community
Mountain View Equality and Diversity Demonstration
8/19/17 For the second time in as many weeks, hundreds gathered in downtown Mountain View Saturday for a peaceful demonstration celebrating diversity. For the second time in as many weeks, hundreds gathered in downtown Mountain View Saturday for a peaceful demonstration celebrating diversity. Similar demonstrations and rallies were held in cities across the country
Mt. View Middle-schoolers march for DACA
10/1/17 Cheers erupted from a group of Graham Middle School students and teachers as they marched through downtown Mountain View around 4:15 p.m. on Friday, Sept. 29. According to Edgar Gomez, a history teacher and the club advisor for Graham's Latino Student Union, about 35 to 40 students and staff members marched in the demonstration. The protest was largely organized by members of the Latino Student Union, Gomez said, spurred by the announcement from President Donald Trump's administration that it was ending the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program which grants temporary legal status to young people brought to the United States as children.
Multi-faith Rally and Re-affirmation of Santa Clara County Values
8/20/17 In a display of unity against bigotry, leaders of numerous faiths, members of their congregations and others, joined public officials to express solidarity in the wake of the bloody rally in Charlottesville, Virginia. The rally at Emmanuel Baptist Church San Jose drew about 300, including leaders Congresswoman Zoe Lofgren, SCC Supervisor Dave Cortese, San Jose Mayor Sam Liccardo and SJ Police Chief Eddie Garcia.. Father Jon Pedigo, one of the event organizers, said, The best thing we can do is show and promote a different vision of who we are as a community. Show them we appreciate and respect each other and embrace each other regardless of race, religion, gender identity, sexual orientation or immigration status.
Santa Clara County sues over DACA
10/11/17 Lawsuit is first in nation filed jointly by an employer and a labor union to protect "Dreamers". It's the first lawsuit in the nation filed jointly by an employer and a labor union on behalf of DACA beneficiary employees, according to the county. "Yet again, the Trump administration has overstepped the constitutional bounds of its authority. The county and its residents are harmed by stripping law-abiding young people of their ability to participate in the workforce and access critical safety net services," said Dave Cortese, president of the Santa Clara County Board of Supervisors. "The county of Santa Clara is prepared to fight vigorously todefend the rightsof itsemployees and residents." SEIU Local 521 represents more than 10,000 workers in Santa Clara County, some of whom are DACA recipients, officials said.
Statement from Mayor Sam Liccardo regarding the Trump's announcement to rescind DACA
9/6/17 To San Jose's tens of thousands of DREAMers, we reiterate: "We've got your back." I will seek to challenge the Administration's actions in court, after consulting with our Council and City Attorney regarding our options in the week ahead.
Basic education in Spanish offered to adults at Campbell schools
5/5/17 When some native Spanish-speaking parents of Rosemary Elementary School found themselves struggling to help their children with homework or read translated public documents, they asked school administrators for help. In response, the Campbell elementary and high school districts spent roughly a year working to bring a program created by the Mexican government and various organizations that offers a chance for Spanish-speaking adults in the community to forge ahead in their educational careers in the realms of literature, math and science. Both school districts are enrolling adults in Plazas Comunitarias, a free program where they can earn primary and secondary certificates of completion that are equivalent to middle and high school educations."
Bay Area activists mark Holy Thursday tradition by washing feet of immigrants at ICE office
4/13/17 MORGAN HILL. In a modern political twist to an ancient Roman Catholic tradition observed annually during Holy Week, interfaith leaders from throughout the South Bay on Thursday washed the feet of immigrants - among them a Pakistani Muslim and an Irishman - outside a U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement office. The ritual was a deeply personal experience for many of the 12 participants, including a Native American girl, who said they've felt targeted because of their ethnic backgrounds, religion, immigration status and sexual preference in recent months.
Bay Area group sues Trump administration over ban
11/14/17 The White House released a new executive order late last month that allowed refugee resettlement to restart but blocked most refugees from 11 countries for 90 days during a review of vetting policies. The new policy  laid out in subsequent memorandums  also bans all refugees from all countries who come to the US under the follow to join program, which allows spouses and minor children of refugees already in the U.S. to come from abroad and reunite with them.
Court Rejects Trump's Attempt to Halt County of Santa Clara's Lawsuit Challenging Executive Order on
7/20/17 SANTA CLARA COUNTY, CALIF. - Today, a U.S. District Court reaffirmed its order blocking the Trump Administration's plan to de-fund the County of Santa Clara and other state and local governments across the nation that it considers sanctuary jurisdictions. The Court denied the federal government's requests to reconsider the injunction granted by the court in April and to dismiss the case.
DREAMers share stories of triumph, loss, during intimate storytelling event
4/25/17 ...'Dreamers' - immigrants who were brought to this country illegally as children - shared life lessons and stories of pain, tragedy and triumph with dozens of community members Sunday during an intimate storytelling session at the Midpeninsula Community Media Center. The 'Walk of DREAMers' event - the second installment of a series that launched June 2016 - was produced through the center's 'Made Into America' project, which features an array of immigration stories aimed at promoting immigrant integration. The event highlighted the uncertain futures of thousands of Dreamers across the Unites States - in particular those granted temporary deportation relief and legal work permits under the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program or DACA.
Downtown College Prep
Charter School with 4 San Jose 5th to 12th grade campuses. DCP alumni have among the highest rates of college matriculation and are four times more likely to graduate from college than their peers nationwide. DCP's values - ganas, comunidad, and orgullo- have been central to realizing our mission and continue to guide our work. The vast majority of these students are low-income, Latino youth, whose families have limited educational attainment.
Know Your Neighbor: Multifaith Encounters Statement on Updated Travel Ban
3/7/17 The Know Your Neighbor: Multifaith Encounters campaign, a program of the Islamic Networks Group (ING), finds that the executive order issued this week by President Donald Trump banning entry to the U.S. by citizens of six Muslim-majority countries and suspending and restricting the admission of refugees is essentially the same as the previous executive order on this subject. It therefore requires us once again to reaffirm basic values that we share with the great majority of Americans. Key Words: Silicon Valley Interfaith Council (SiVIC).
Mountain View Launching Spanish Language Leadership Academy
Mt. View city has opened registration for a first-of-its-kind program designed to help Spanish-speaking residents understand local government and encourage their civic engagement. The 8-week course, which begins March 15, is designed to embrace local diversity and increase awareness of city functions, services, activities and local issues to prepare citizens for local leadership, volunteerism and involvement in the community.
Mountain View adopts ACLU 'Freedom City' policies
9/15/17 Hoping to assuage lingering fears in the immigrant community, the MV City Council took a new step to reassure vulnerable residents that the city has their back. Local elected leaders on Tuesday formally signed on Mountain View to many "Freedom City" policies, committing local officials and the police to a higher set of standards for dealing with undocumented individuals. Key Words: ICE,
Mt. View City Council wary of adopting new sanctuary city policies
10/26/17 In a series of unanimous votes at the Oct. 24 meeting, council members agreed to adopt resolutions stating in no uncertain terms that Mountain View supports its residents regardless of immigration status and does not participate in federal immigration enforcement activity. The council also supported a resolution stating that the city would oppose any type of registry created by the federal government based on religion, aimed at rebuking President Donald Trump's apparent openness to a Muslim registry. But council members stopped short of adopting new city laws that would have created a more prominent divide between local law enforcement and ICE, which police and city officials said would have been largely symbolic in nature, hard to enforce and not much different from policies already on the books.
Nationwide ICE Raids Lead to 21 Arrests in Santa Clara County
9/29/17 Federal immigration agents arrested 21 people from Santa Clara County this week as part of a national four-day operation targeting so-called "sanctuary cities", according to the U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE). "Operation Safe City" focused on cities and regions with policies that prevent local police from being deputized to enforce immigration laws. In SCC, the Sheriff's Office refuses to detain inmates for ICE and several cities prohibit their police from coordinating with immigration officials. Meanwhile, a bill that would make California the first "sanctuary state" is a signature away from becoming law.
New Americans in San Jose and Santa Clara County
The Partnership for a New American Economy has developed a series of research briefs that examine the demographic and economic contributions of immigrant communities in counties and cities across the US. The latest report in the series focuses on San Jose and Santa Clara County. The brief shows that in 2014, Santa Clara County's 1.9 million immigrant residents (who account for roughly 38 percent of the area's population) positively impact the local economy through their high rates of workforce participation, large tax contributions, and spending power. Published 6/26/16 Key words: SJ OIR, SCC
RACECOUNTS - Measuring Racial Disparity is CA Counties
Race Counts project has developed a tool to assess racial disparity is 7 Key Issue areas: *Economic * Opportunity * Access to Health Care * Education * Housing * Democracy * Crime & Justice * Healthy Built Environments. Racial disparity is pervasive across California and it impacts all of us. See the full picture across counties, issue areas and indicators. Santa Clara is a high performance, low disparity, and more populous county. Winter 2017 Report
Refugee youth, Archbishop Mitty teens find unity on the soccer field
5/8/17 The Refugee Foster Care program is the only program in Northern California that serves unaccompanied refugee children who are fleeing oppression. For 38 years, Catholic Charities has resettled refugees from across the world in the South Bay. The agency typically serves about 100 foster youth each year across seven counties: Alameda, Contra Costa, Monterey, San Francisco, San Mateo, Santa Clara and Santa Cruz.
SCC 2017 Summer Youth Food Program
Specific locations, dates, and times.between June and August that summer meals are available in Santa Clara County and San Mateo County for anyone under the age of 18. Children do not have to be enrolled in the Host programs.
SCC Produce Mobile Delivery Schedule
Each month the Second Harvest Food Bank's Produce Mobile Program brings free fresh fruits and vegetables to 15 different locations throughout Santa Clara County. This program is open to any household or individual that self certifies that they fall within 200% of the poverty line. Multi-language: Spanish
SCC Quick Guide to Services 2016
Santa Clara County provides essential services that people need on a daily basis to work and live in Silicon Valley - whether residents need a marriage license, access to children's health services or want to know about local recreational facilities. Customer service is a top priority for the County, which oversees services and programs for a multilingual, culturally diverse community. This is a Quick reference for many services that are provided to the community. Spanish | Chinese |
SCC kicks in $3.5M for immigrant support
3/16/17 Fearing a zealous immigration crackdown by the new administration in Washington, the Santa Clara County Board of Supervisors agreed Tuesday to commit millions of dollars toward boosting legal services for immigrants facing deportation proceedings. The decision comes after months of deliberation. In a unanimous vote, supervisors agreed to devote $2.9 million in county funds for hiring attorneys to represent immigrants in need of legal assistance. Another $400,000 will be spent on a "Know Your Rights" campaign to educate immigrants on legal, housing, employment, refugee and tenant rights, and $200,000 for a media campaign aimed at alerting residents about issues affecting the immigrant community.
San Jose, San Francisco among areas with largest undocumented immigrant populations
2/9/17 San Francisco and San Jose are among 20 metropolitan regions with the largest populations of undocumented residents in the United States, according to a first-of-its-kind report by the Pew Research Center. The report highlights a population at the center of a heated debate, as President Donald Trump looks to double down on deportations.
Santa Clara County poised to fight Muslim registry, internment
6/26/17 Less than a week after celebrating Santa Clara County's pledge to fight any attempts to create a religious registry, Muslim community advocates were reeling from Monday's news that parts of President Trump's travel ban were reinstated by the nation's highest court. SCC's ordinance, which was passed unanimously last week at the final full board of supervisor's meeting before summer recess begins next week, states that the county will not participate in or contribute to 'any any type of government registry or internment based on religion, ethnicity, national origin, sexual orientation, gender identity' or other protected classification.
Two arrested in ICE raid in Mountain View
9/29/17 U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement officials arrested two people in Mountain View as part of a Bay Area sweep focused in San Francisco and Santa Clara counties earlier this week. ICE spokesman James Schwab said the operation targeted San Francisco and Santa Clara County because they are so-called sanctuary jurisdictions that do not honor ICE detainers or allow ICE agents to enter jails to interview suspected immigration violators. Mountain View officials have not formally declared it a sanctuary city, but its law-enforcement policies bar officers from facilitating any ICE operations in the area.
Vietnamese-Americans mark fall of Saigon with solemn Black April ceremony
4/30/17 SAN JOSE  Forty-two years after Saigon fell to the communists on April 30, 1975, about 150 members of the Vietnamese-American community marked the anniversary of the collapse of the South Vietnamese government  still referred to in the community as Black April and the Day of Shame  with a solemn ceremony at the James P. McEntee Plaza at the County Government Center.
What to Know About Immigration Raids
March 2017 comprehensive booklet created by the Santa Clara County Office of Immigrant Relations, that compiles information and resources that should help you respond if ICE conducts raids in your community, including a documents check list, multi-language Know Your Rights (English, Spanish and Arabic) preparing a family plan, Plan for Children's care, legal forms, contact information and more.
What's in a name? Santa Clara County schools attempt to find out
6/17/17 Backed by the Santa Clara County Office of Education, the My Name, My Identity initiative aims to build a more inclusive and respectful space in schools throughout the county by having educators, students, as well as the wider community, pledge to put extra effort toward pronouncing people's names correctly. Key Words: Cultural Competence
Japanese Americans join Unity Vigil
On 6/10/17, 1000 people joined a Unity Vigil called by Multifaith Voices for Peace and Justice, Council on American Islamic Relations (CAIR), People Acting in Community Together (PACT), and Meet a Muslim. More than 130 religious, community, oppressed nationality and other organizations endorsed the vigil, which was organized on a week's notice. The vigil was prompted by the anti-Muslim group Act for America which put out a nationwide call for protests to be held on June 10
3 Waves, The
The 3 Waves is a program of Asian Americans for Community Involvement (AACI), sponsored by the SCC Department of Alcohol and Drug Services Prevention Division. Multi-media materials in English, Spanish, and Vietnamese . Magazine, web resources, videos, and other culturally and linguistically appropriate prevention services with a focus on community health and wellness. Key Words: Addiction, recovery, Drug and Alcohol, Gambling, DUI
A Tale of Two Valleys... The Price We Pay for Living in Santa Clara County (A Public Report)
During fiscal year 2014 the Office of Human Relations and the Human Relations Commission convened a public forum to solicit public testimony regarding the impact that the cost of living in Santa Clara County was having on the general community. This report was presented and accepted by the County Board of Supervisors in November, 2014. As a result of this report and the work of many community leaders and organizations the SCC Board of Supervisors recently approved the most comprehensive living wage ordinance in the nation and funding for 1,000 units of affordable housing locally. Keywords: SCC OIR
Benefits Application - California State
CA e-benefits Website connects you to applications for Medi-Cal, County Medical Services Program (CMSP), CalFresh (formerly known as Food Stamps) and California Work Opportunity and Responsibility to Kids (CalWORKs) benefits in California.. Key Words: Healthcare, Housing, Employment Assistance, Multi-language: Arabic, Chinese, Farsi, Hindi, Hmong, Korean, Portuguese, Russian, Spanish, Tagalog, and Vietnamese
Bridging Borders In Silicon Valley Summit On Immigrant Needs And Contributions
The findings, results, and conclusions in this final report are the product of the hundreds of participants from state, county, and local governments, from educational institutions and schools, from non-profit agencies and religious institutions, from unions and community organizations, from business owners and ethnic chambers of commerce, and from immigrants and US-born citizens. Published by the Santa Clara County Office of Human Relations, SCC
English Language Learner Adults In Silicon Valley: Community Assets, Gaps, and Career Pathways
2015 As part of the ALLIES Department of Labor grant, Working Partnerships USA produced this report about needs, assets, gaps and opportunities. Key Words: Immigrant Integration, ESL, employment,
Fiesta Educativa
A CA based partnership of families, professionals, consumers, friends, and agencies working to inform and assist Latino families in obtaining services and in caring for their children with special needs. The goal of universal support towards the enhancement of the lives of persons with disabilities. Programs: Fiesta Familiar, Autism Parent Education Program (APEP), Community Parent Resource Center (CPRC) Offices in San Jose, Los Angeles, San Bernadino and Orange. Key Words: Developmental Disability Multi-language: English, Spanish
Immigrant Voices: An SCC Public Forum on Immigration
In 2007 the SCC Human Relations Commission (HRC) in partnership with IRIS, convened a public forum on Immigration. The primary goal was to give voice to the concerns and perspectives of the community. In 2010, IRIS published this compilation of the testimony presented by experts, community leaders, the general public and immigrants regarding the impact of immigration in Santa Clara County. Key Words: Immigration Reform, Immigrant Integration, SCC OIR
Mt. View Housing Helpline and Rent Stabilization
On November 8, 2016, the residents of the City of Mountain View voted to adopt Measure V, also known as the Community Stabilization and Fair Rent Act (CSFRA), to stabilize rents and provide just cause eviction protections for certain Rental Units in Mountain View. ffectiv Date 12/23/16. English Brochure | Spanish Brochure | Key Words: Housing
SCC Board Presents Welcoming Week Resolution
In September 2016, for the first time, Santa Clara County participated with more than 80 communities across the US in the National Welcoming Week Celebrations. The SCC Office of Immigrant Relations hosted a number of local welcoming activities including a display featuring the art of local immigrants and refugees.
SCC Calworks Resource Guide 2016/17
1/1/2017 Updated 52 page Resource Directory for SCC CalWorks recipients and low income residents including food, housing, health care, mental health, children's services, transportation, employment, immigration, citizenship, education and more. Key Words: Santa Clara County, Multi-language
SCC Office of Immigrant Relations (SCC OIR)
The Santa Clara County OIR promotes events and projects to help SCC immigrants access services and resources, obtain the necessary education and training, qualify for employment, integration and civic participation. Programs include the Immigration and Citizenship, advocacy, promotion of diversity and cultural understanding, and community forums. Co-sponsor of the ImmigrantInfo.org website Multi-language: Spanish, Vietnamese, Chinese, Tagalog
Saratoga: Iranian-American community celebrates Persian New Year amid political anxieties
3/17/17 Nowruz, which translates literally to new day in Farsi, is a secular holiday that marks the first day of spring and the beginning of the year on the Iranian calendar. It is celebrated on the Vernal equinox, which occurs on March 20 this year. While originally a Zoroastrian festival, the holiday now is celebrated and observed in Iranwhere it is an official holiday lasting for 13 daysand many other parts of the world, including regions of Afghanistan, Azerbaijan and China.
2016 Beacon of Light Awards
2/26/17 The US has a deep-rooted history as a nation of immigrants. The County of Santa Clara's Office of Immigrant Relations acknowledges that Silicon Valley's success as an economic leader of the world is to a great extent the result of the hard work of immigrants. Immigrants have contributed countless hours of work, their own capital and ingenuity to help make this region globally recognized. The Beacon of Light Awards are given as a symbol of the torch that is held by the Statue of Liberty. The light is a reflection of the hopes and the dreams of immigrants for a bright beginning in a new country.
211 Bay Area
211 Santa Clara County is a free, non-emergency, confidential, 3 digit phone number and online database service that provides streamlined 24/7 access to critical health and human services in 6 counties. Multi-language: over 170 languages Area: Counties of San Francisco, San Mateo, Napa, Marin, Santa Clara, and Solano.
Asian Pacific American Leadership Institute (APALI)
A program of Deanza College, the vision of APALI is to recruit, train, convene, mentor, nurture, support a pipeline of socially-conscious and effective leaders serving in civic sectors such as government, nonprofit, and education. APALI core values include: Community, service, identity, empathy, inclusion, inquiry, empowerment. Key Words: Ethnic, Volunteer, student,
Catholic Charities John XXIII Multicultural Health Clinic
The Clinic is a behavioral health practice located within the John XXIII Multiservice Center established to provide primary, mental health, substance abuse, wellness education, exercise classes, insurance enrollment and more to adults 18+. A service coordinator can connect patients to an array of other services at Catholic Charities of Santa Clara County that are needed to achieve lasting health and wellness. Some of these include: substance abuse counseling, support groups, social activities, wellness education, nutrition and food services, exercise classes, as well as referral to partner primary health providers.
City of San Jose Hosts White House Regional Convening on New Americans
On April 1, 2016, the White House Regional Convening included more than 100 federal, state, and local officials along with service providers, the private sector, and local community leaders. One of several convenings held across the US, San Jose was selected to host the one-day event to help highlight the region's efforts at welcoming and integrating immigrants from all over the world.
City of San Jose opens its first Vietnamese American Community Center
In 2016, the City of San Jose, a city with one of the largest Vietnamese population in nation, openws its first Vietnamese American Community Center at the Shirakawa Community Center. The center demonstrates a need in the community for a place that celebrates the Vietnamese culture and provides services for the growing demographics. Multi-lingual Vietnamese Key Words: Asia
Coalition Against Payday Lenders
The Coalition Against Payday Predators (CAPP) is a collaboration of community-based organizations working to limit the reckless financial practices of payday lenders in Santa Clara County. CAPP supports local payday lending controls ordinances that will stop further proliferation of payday lenders in cities in SCC and pave the way for better consumer lending alternatives. Information and Resources in English, Spanish, Tagalog Key Words: Loan, credit
Immigrant Rights, Responsibilities and Resources Guidebook of Santa Clara County (IRRG)
This guidebook came out of the Summit on Immigrant Needs and Contributions of Santa Clara County in December 2000. Resource information is currently being updated in English. Contains valuable information on immigrant rights and responsibilities in the United States. Key Words: Immigrant Integration, Education, SCC
Knowledge of Immigrant Nationalities (KIN)
From July 1999 to June 2001 Santa Clara County conducted the most extensive assessment of the human needs of immigrants of any County in the US, Over 500 individuals: researchers, community members, university professors, social workers, non-profit agencies, county experts and activists were involved. Results from focus groups from SCC's 16 largest ethnic populations in 2000 were summarized in two publications: Bridging Borders in Silicon Valley and KIN: Knowledge of Immigrant Nationalities. Key Words: Bosnia, Cambodia, China, El Salvador, Ethiopia, India, Iran, Laos, Mexico, Nicaragua, Philippines, Russia, Somalia, South Korea, Taiwan, Vietnamese
Kosmos Interview with American Muslim Voice Founder
12/15/15 Samina Faheem Sundas, a Sunni Muslim woman originally from Pakistan living in the United States, is the founder of American Muslim Voice, a grassroots organization that seeks to foster lifelong friendships between Muslims and all communities through interfaith dialogue. She has received many awards as a peacebuilder, including the Martin Luther King Jr. Peace Prize awarded by Fellowship of Reconciliation. Key Word: Islam
Law Enforcement Looking For San Jose Consultant Charged With Immigration Fraud
10/23/17 SAN JOSE  A local filmmaker is being sought by authorities after he was charged with being a phony immigration consultant who left clients thousands of dollars poorer and vulnerable to deportation since key paperwork he promised to submit for them instead languished in his office.
Maitri
Peer support and counseling for South Asian women for problems due to physical abuse and/or related issues. Phone 1-888-8-MAITRI or (1-888-862-4874) Maitri also provides assistance to South Asian survivors of domestic violence with the following services: Immigration Information/ Referral, VAWA Self Petition, U Visa/T Visa Application, Removal of Conditions on Green Card, Citizenship Application. BIA Accredited Non-Profit Legal. Multi-language: Bengali, Gujarati, Hindi, Kannada, Konkani, Malayalam, Marathi, Marwari, Oriya, Punjabi, Sindhi, Sinhalese, Tamil, Telugu, & Urdu.
More Bay Area residents struggling than poverty statistics indicate
12/6/16 Close to 30 percent of the Bay Area's residents aren't able to make ends meet as they contend with high housing costs, suggesting poverty is more widespread in the region than official reports indicate, according to a study published Wednesday. The report by JobTrain, a Menlo Park-based nonprofit organization, estimated that 29.2 percent of Bay Area residents, or roughly 1.45 million people, are not self-sufficient. Self-sufficiency, the study's authors said, is defined as having a stable place to live and being able to cover the basics for survival.
Mt View Community leaders pledge to resist immigration crackdown
Pledging a united front to protect migrants, local policymakers, school officials and law enforcement on Saturday issued a rallying cry to protest the recent executive orders by President Donald Trump. At the city-sponsored Civility Roundtable event, panel members gave repeated assurances to a crowd of about 200 that they would look to safeguard the full patchwork of the South Bay community, and they invited everyone to join them in the effort.
Mt. View Multilingual Community Outreach Program
This program provides City and community information to residents in English, Spanish, Chinese, and Russian, regarding City programs and services. Services include: attendance at City and community events, outreach to schools and non-profits, and City program translation and interpretation services. Information is provided on City Services, Community Emergency Response Training (CERT) classes, City events, childcare, housing, as well as mediation services and other topics in person and by phone at (650) 903-6145.
Muslims react after Supreme Court reinstates part of Pres. Trump's travel ban
6/27/17 As about 200 members of the Ahmadiyya Muslim Community gathered Monday morning in Milpitas, the US Supreme Court indicated it will permit the Trump Administration to proceed with a temporary version of its travel ban aimed at six predominantly Muslim countries, ahead of hearing full arguments in October. The ban targets visitors from Iran, Libya, Somalia, Sudan, Syria and Yemen who cannot provide a "credible claim of a bona fide relationship with a person or entity in the United States." Archived 10/17/17
Pacifica Institute - Silicon Valley Chapter
Pacifica Institute was established in 2003 as a non-profit organization by a group of Turkish-Americans. Pacifica Institute designs and executes projects covering social welfare, education, poverty, and conflict resolution issues in collaboration with scholars, activists, artists, politicians, and religious leaders-communities. The Pacifica Institute has a proven track record of working within and across communities. @Pacifica_Ins
SCC (OIR Newsletter - Sept 2017)
News about Santa Clara County response to DACA developments, County wide launch of the Rapid Response Network, demographic information and immigrant stories.
SCC Better Health Pharmacy
Santa Clara County Public Health Department opened the first free pharmacy. Non-controlled medications that have been donated will be provided free of charge to anyone with a valid prescription. No requirements re residency, immigration status, insurance. Check inventory in advance - varies based on donations. Languages: Hyperlink | English | Spanish | Vietnamese | Chinese |
SCC Mental Health Call Center
The Santa Clara County Mental Health Call Center is the centralized entry point for individuals who are seeking behavioral health services. In addition, to appointments and reverrals, the Call Center provides telephone crisis intervention response to callers in crisis, Phone: 1 (800) 704-0900 Hours: 24-hours, 7 days a week. KidConnections Network of Care Referral Process for children ages 0-5 and their families. Phone: 1 (800) 704-0900 Multi-Language: English, Mandarin, Spanish, Tagalog, Vietnamese , Other languages can be made available as needed.
SCC Office of Immigrant Relations (OIR) Newsletter - November 2016
11/2016 Immigration Fraud Alert, Post-Election Resources for Immigrants and information on the upcoming USCIS Application Fee Increase on December 23, 2016
SCC Office of Immigrant Relations (OIR) Newsletter - April 2016
Statistics on SCC 14th Annual Citizenship Day, Articles on Professional Recertification, Oral Arguments on Immigration Initiatives and visit from USCIS Regional Director.
SCC Office of Immigrant Relations (OIR) Newsletter - December 2016
Information and articles: Post Presidential Elections Update on DACA, IRS Changes to ITINs, Immigrant Demographics, Highlighting Immigrant Stories: Mehran Kamkar's Story, Impacts of Payday Loans to Immigrant Communities
SCC Office of Immigrant Relations (OIR) Newsletter - February 2017
This issue includes information on the President's Executive Orders on Immigration, a growing list of US Mayors Declare Support for Immigrant and Refugee Communities, Santa Clara County's Affirmation of Its Immigration Policies and passing of a Resolution against the Muslim Ban. Immigrant story and notice of upcoming Office of Immigrant Relations 10th Annual Beacon of Light Awards
SCC Office of Immigrant Relations (OIR) Newsletter - October 2016
OIR Manager Gives Keynote at Swearing-In Ceremony, California Passes Laws Impacting Immigrants, Santa Clara County Demographic Update, Highlighting 2 Immigrant Stories, USCIS Update Regarding Citizenship Applications, Voter Registration Form, Filipino History Month Celebration
SCC Office of Immigrant Relations (OIR) Newsletter - September 2016
Celebrating Welcome Week, US CIS News, Santa Clara County Acknowledges Muslim Contributions, Dialog about the Latino Community Vote in the 2016 General Election, Multifaith Peace Picnic
SCC Office of Immigrant Relations (OIR)Newsletter - Jan 2016
SCC Newsletter graphically summarizing the amazing diversity in Santa Clara County.
SCC Office of Immigrant Relations (OIR)Newsletter - March 2016
Articles on the 14th Annual SCC Citizenship Day, the Beacons of Light Awards, and the SJ City Welcoming Committee
SCC Supports Coordinated Immigrant Integration and Engagement Effort
2012. Article in the Institute of Local Governments Periodical, highlighting the innovative programs created by Santa Clara County IRIS to promote immigrant integration and a better understanding between the diverse ethnic groups residing in the county. Key Word: SCC
SCC, CA Leads Coalition Opposing Mandatory Detention of Immigrants without Due Proces
2/10/17 Santa Clara County and 19 other cities and counties across the nation joined together in filing an amicus curiae or friend of the court brief with the United States Supreme Court, asking the Court to uphold important constitutional protections for immigrants held in prolonged mandatory immigration detention by the federal government.
San Jose Immigration Resource Page
2015 - The recent changes to immigration policy have prompted the City of San Jose to work collaboratively with the County of Santa Clara and community based organizations to ensure that our immigrant community receives accurate and timely information about President Obama's executive order. Here you will find information about organizations equipped to serve you and a list of informational events in San Jose. Key Words: SJ OIR
San Jose International Airport First in US to Offer Citizenship Services for Employees
2/16/17 Mineta San Jose International is the first airport in the United States to provide citizenship services for its employees and their families in the country. That announcement was made by San Jose Mayor Sam Liccardo and leaders from the National Immigration Forum's New American Workforce, the only worksite citizenship program in the country, according to Jennie Murray, director of the forum's integration programs.
San Jose schools want to protect undocumented families but can they?
2/8/17 After being blasted by parents for a vague and confusing statement purporting to protect undocumented students, the San Jose Unified school board on Thursday will take up a new resolution intended to shore up student security from immigration agents. The district follows dozens of others declaring their campuses safe places for learning, regardless of students' immigration status. Alum Rock in San Jose, Oakland, Palo Alto and San Francisco all have issued statements claiming they will protect students. Key Words: Undocumented, Sanctuary
Santa Clara County cops reaffirm they won't be deportation force
3/14/17 Morgan Hill Police Chief David Swing, president of the county police chiefs' association, was joined by San Jose Chief Eddie Garcia, 10 other South Bay chiefs and District Attorney Jeff Rosen at the Mexican Heritage Plaza in East San Jose to convey a message of solidarity. The agencies of this county will not enforce federal immigration laws, Swing said. "It is not our mission nor our role & we will treat all of our residents with dignity regardless of status."
South Bay schools guard against Trump-inspired raids, hate
1/17/17 SAN JOSE Worried about possible increase in deportations, efforts to register Muslims, and a growing climate of harassment, Bay Area school districts have rushed to declare their campuses safe zones for the diverse families they serve. On Wednesday, 14 groups including the South Bay's largest school districts and labor unions will join immigrant-rights advocates to announce school safe zones and explain the need for them. Key Words: Sanctuary, student Key Word: Advocacy
Teachers protest immigration crackdown, defend public education
5/1/17 At Cesar Chavez Elementary in San Jose, parents organized 400 students to march around campus during recess. At Horner Junior High in Fremont, students, parents and teachers met at the flagpole to express support for schools, then walked together to class when the bell rang. At Quail Run Elementary in San Ramon, teachers lined the walkway and carried signs like Lucky to be a part of public schools. From San Jose to Palo Alto to Danville, educators staged early-morning walk-ins, greeting students and parents on their way to school. At midday, some staged training sessions for parents on defense against immigration agents. And as afternoon Bay Area thermometers hit the high 80s, thousands of teachers took to the streets to support public education, resist any push toward vouchers and protest a federal crackdown that is terrifying their immigrant students.
Welcoming San Jose Plan - May 2016 Update
In September 2015, the Mayor and City Council adopted a Welcoming San Jose Resolution and the City of San Jose became a member of Welcoming America, a national organization leading the movement to create more inclusive communities. This is the May 2016 update of the Welcoming SJ plan. Key Words: SJ OIR
Bay Area Muslims and non-Muslims band together in wake of Trump election
12/10/16 Since the election, hate crimes have increased all over the country. But alongside the threats and attacks, there has also been an outpouring of support from Bay Area residents that has heartened the local Muslim community. Since the election, the Bay Area chapter of the Council on American-Islamic Relations, has been flooded with calls from allies asking what they can do to support the Muslim community.
SCC Responds to U.S. Supreme Court Decision Impacting Thousands of Immigrants
Santa Clara County officials expressed disappointment in the decision and concern about the impact on approximately 142,000 immigrants in Santa Clara County. "The U.S. Supreme Court's decision to further put the lives and dreams of millions of aspiring American Citizens on hold is disappointing. At the end of the day, the Court decided to keep our immigrant community in the dark and in the shadows," said Santa Clara County Board of Supervisors President Dave Cortese.
San Jose Language Access Policy (LAP)
11/7/16 San Jose Office of Immigrant Relations (OIR) staff has completed the development of language access policy that is now included in the City Policy Manual, effective this month. The purpose of this new policy is to ensure that the City and its departments make reasonable and practical efforts to reduce language as a barrier to accessing City programs or services.
San Jose Unity rally supports immigrants, decries hate speech
11/20/16 SJ Mercury News - 500 people braved the rain Sunday for a bigger cause: fighting against hate speech, protecting health care and the defending the civil rights of immigrants. Catalyzed by the volatile presidential election between Donald Trump and Hillary Clinton, organizers said the Unity Gathering was meant to bring the community together after the Republicans victory to spread messages of peace and hope.
2014 Voices of Change Report - Nuestro Futuro Initiative
2014. The findings from over 6 months of community surveys and focus groups carried out by the Hispanic Foundation across San Mateo and Santa Clara counties. More than 2,200 individuals participated. The majority of participants were immigrants, women, and low-income individuals with less than a high school education. In addition, most of the respondents had never been asked to give their input on quality of life issues before the survey. Key Words: Spanish, Latino, Hispanic