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.

Bay Area strongly backs DACA, but still has reservations about undocumented immigrants, poll finds
6/18/18 As Congress prepares to vote this week on a measure that could decide the fate of hundreds of thousands of young, undocumented immigrants in the country, bipartisan support in the immigrant-rich Bay Area is strong for the controversial DACA program, a new poll shows. But Bay Area voters aren't as quick to back the country's 11 million undocumented immigrants, who over the past several months have become targets of the Trump administration's aggressive deportation policies. Key Words: Immigration, Deferred Action, Children

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Thousands march in "Families Belong Together" rallies across Bay Area
6/30/18 Calling on President Donald Trump to reunite more than 2,000 immigrant children separated from their parents at the U.S.-Mexico border, Bay Area residents on Saturday joined hundreds of thousands of people across the nation to protest - some for the first time ever - a policy many say is a haunting reminder of America's darkest moments in history. Braving scorching heat, local protesters delivered a clear and loud message to the president: "families belong together."

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SCC RRN Receives the Change Maker Award from the SVCN
5/18 Santa Clara County Rapid Response Network (RRN) was one of the local collaborations recognized as change makers. The SCC RRN and hotline, a collaborative project led by Sacred Heart Community Service, PACT, Pangea Legal Services, LUNA, SIREN, CLESPA, Catholic Charities of Santa Clara County, the South Bay Labor Council, the Mexican Consulate, City of San Jose Office of Immigrant Affairs, and the SCC Office of Immigrant Relations, aims to expand the community's capacity to monitor and document ICE operations in real time. Through training, thousands of community members are ready to support immigrant families and protect their constitutional rights as our County is targeted for deportations.

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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

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SCC Social Services Agency (SSA)
The Santa Clara County SSA offers Aging & Adult Services, Family & Children's Services, access to health insurance coverage via Medi-Cal, Calfresh, General Assistance, Healthy Families and Healthy Kids. 24-Hr Automated InfoLine: 1-877-96-BENEFITS or 1-877-962-3633. Key Words: Employment Assistance, Refugee, Languages: Spanish, Vietnamese

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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

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Asian Pacific Family Resource Center
The Asian Pacific Family Resource Center is one of the ethnically focused Family Resource Centers created by the Social Services Agency. This organization has an Asian focus, but is open to people of any ethnic background. Started in April 1995, The Asian Pacific Family Resource Center provides a variety of services in a number of Asian languages, including, Chinese, Vietnamese, Cambodian, Filipino, and Korean. The many services offered are geared to both youth and adults. These programs include: English as a second language classes, parent education classes, special needs, autism, family, parent support programs and tutoring, gambler's anonymous, individual counseling, youth leadership, and tutoring.

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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. Key Word: Allies7

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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.

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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

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SCC Better Health Pharmacy
NO controlled drugs, NO insurance, NO copays We are the first and only dedicated drug donation pharmacy in California. We received unused, unopened, and unexpired medications from licensed healthcare facilities, and dispense the drugs at no cost to our patients who have a valid prescription. Our pharmacy aims to increase medication access for all and serves patients who cannot afford their medications. Key Words: Allies4 Multi-language: English | Spanish | Chinese | Vietnamese |

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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

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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.

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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

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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

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SCC Office of Immigrant Relations (OIR) Newsletter - June 2018
6/1/18 An update on DACA, report on the 22nd annual SCC Citizenship Day, warnings about immigration fraud, The SCC Rapid Response Network receives the SVCN Changemaker Award.

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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

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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

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SCC Office of Immigrant Relations (OIR) Newsletter - September 2017
News about Santa Clara County response to DACA developments, County wide launch of the Rapid Response Network, demographic information and immigrant stories.

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SCC Office of Immigrant Relations (OIR)Newsletter - Jan 2016
SCC Newsletter graphically summarizing the amazing diversity in Santa Clara County.

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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

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SCC Public Health Department (PHD)
Services including Immunizations, Health Info, including: Referrals to Resources for Pregnancy Care and Parenting, Adult Immunization and Travel Clinic, Birth and Death Registration, Public Health Pharmacies, STD/HIV Testing & Support, Women, Infants & Children (WIC), California Children's Services (CCS), Black Infant Health Prenatal/ Postpartum Empowerment Groups. Information on | cold weather shelter locations and warming centers |around Santa Clara County. Multi-language: | Language Access and Communications Assistance |

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SCC Rapid Response Hotline (RRN)
The Santa Clara County RRN is a 24/7 hotline that community members can call to report ICE operations iand receive help in real life time! When you call the RRN line: The dispatcher that receives the call will support the community member in asserting their rights, and will dispatch trained Rapid Responders to the impacted site. If immigration enforcement is confirmed, the Rapid Responders will conduct legal observation, collect evidence that may support the immigration case of the impacted family, and provide moral support and accompaniment to the impacted family. If a community member is detained, we will connect them with immigration attorneys for legal counsel and provide accompaniment support. We want to make sure no community member has to go through this on their own. To report a raid,Call (408) 290-1144 This is not a general information hotline. Key words: RRN, Spanish

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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

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Santa Clara County announces One County, One Future
1/19/17 Santa Clara County has launched a long term multi-media campaign designed to reach all immigrants and refugees with a united messages: "You are an essential part of our community and you are welcome. We are One County with One Future." The SC County Executive and the Consul Generals from Mexico, El Salvador, Guatemala, and Nicaragua were there to affirm that the SCC Office of Immigrant Relations is a trusted source of information and assistance. Immigrantinfo.org will serve as a central source of information about programs, services and legal developments for immigrants and refugees.

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Undocuqueer conference aims to empower region's undocumented LGBTQ
6/11/18 As an undocumented Latino kid, David Campos thought there would never be a place for him in the United States. He also thought his parents would never come to terms with his sexual orientation. There are thousands whose experiences mirror what Campos went through when he was younger, trying to navigate through life feeling unaccepted in the country and by their own families. The Santa Clara County of LGBTQ Affairs and the UndocuSpartan Student Resource Center held the Empowered Undocuqueer Leaders Conference at San Jose State to promote inclusivity, create positive visibility and provide resources.

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VIET-112 Helpline
VIET-112 is a free, non emergency, information helpline for the Vietnamese community. VIVO staff and volunteers offer Information & Referrals to available programs and resources in Santa Clara County and the San Francisco Bay Area. 1-855-VIET112 (1-855-843-8112)

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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. Key Words: I&R, Info

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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,

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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

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Facebook fundraiser hits $2.5 million to 'Reunite an immigrant parent with their child'
6/18/18 A Silicon Valley couple, horrified at the images of immigrant children being separated from their parents, are marshaling their vast connections in the tech community and beyond to raise $2 million - and counting - to 'Reunite an immigrant parent with their child.' The campaign comes amid an international outcry - from Democrats and Republicans, politicians and religious leaders - over the Trump administration's new "zero tolerance" policy of separating children from their parents when they cross illegally or show up at the border to ask for political asylum. The donations are being sent to RAICES, a Texas nonprofit that offers free and low cost legal services to immigrants. When the Willners' campaign started going viral, RAICES called in volunteers to help execute its new strategy based on the overwhelming influx of donations.

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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

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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. Multi-Language: English, Mandarin, Spanish, Tagalog, Vietnamese , Other languages can be made available as needed. Key Words: ALLIES4

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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

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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

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Mountain View City Multilingual Community Outreach Program
Since 1998, the City has provided a unique service to meet the needs of our growing and diverse community: the Multilingual Community Outreach Program.This program, unique in the Bay Area, provides City and community information to residents in four languages - English, Spanish , Chinese , and Russian - regarding City programs and services. In an effort to reach residents, particularly individuals who might not have access to traditional communication methods, the City provides multiple services. Multilingual information is provided on City Services, Community Emergency Response Training (CERT) classes, City events, housing, as well as mediation services and other topics, both in person and by phone at (650) 903-6145.

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San Jose to undocumented immigrants- "We are prepared. You are not alone."
1/24/18 SAN JOSE - In a bold rebuke to President Donald Trump's tough talk on sanctuary cities and widespread rumors that federal raids are imminent, city and community leaders on Wednesday said they are ready to unleash hundreds of volunteers to aid undocumented immigrants targeted with deportation. With cellphone cameras rolling, community volunteers say they have already started documenting action by U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) agents, protecting immigrant rights and providing support to those arrested as well as those left behind.

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Santa Clara County Mental Health Resources
Quick Reference contact list for all programs - adult, children, teens, ethnic and cultural services. SCC Behavioral Health Services Call Center is the entry point for access to all Santa Clara County behavioral health services. Support for individuals and families who are in crisis; considering suicide; or struggling with mental illness, substance use, or both. Key Words: ALLIES4 24/7 Helpline 1(800)704-0900 Support available in Afan-Oromo, Amharic, Arabic, Chinese (Cantonese and Manfarin) Somali, Spanish, Taiwanese, Tagalog, Tigrina and Vietnamese

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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 In 2001 by the Santa Clara County Office of Human Relations, Key Words: SCC, Research

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New civic workshop aims to empower Vietnamese Americans
3/3/18 Close to 30 South Bay residents are participating in San Jose's Vietnamese American Civic Leaders Academy, a seven-part seminar by VietUnity and the Office of Immigrant Affairs in which they'll learn how to better access city resources. But the sessions will also include discussions on gender justice, racism, housing, education, immigration and deportation - topics that haven't always been openly addressed in the Vietnamese community, particularly among older generations.

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