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.

Proposed "Public Charge" Rule: Trump Administration's Assault on Immigrant Families
10/1/18 The County of Santa Clara strongly opposes the proposed "public charge" rule, Department of Homeland Security's Unofficial Proposed Rule (Sept. 22, 2018) The rule, if finalized as drafted, would upend decades of immigration law, jeopardize County residents' use of essential safety-net benefits and services, and undermine County policies that have helped its communities to thrive. Key Words: Public Benefits,

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SCC Latino Health Fact Sheet
9/17/18 Latinos in Santa Clara County have some health advantages relative to other racial and ethnic groups, and there has been marked improvement on some health outcomes over the last decade. However, Latinos experience significant disparities for other health and social indicators when compared to other populations. This brief highlights both these advantages and disparities. Key Words: Diversity, Demmographics, Research

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SCC Mental Health Guide for Immigrants
A brochure from the Santa Clara County Behavioral Health Dept. The immigrant community is facing a lot of stress that intensifies mental health challenges. Santa Clara County has a variety of resources available to all, regardless of immigration status. Key Words: Undocumented, ALLIES4

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SCC Office of Immigrant Relations (SCC OIR)
The Santa Clara County OIR promotes events and projects to help SCC immigrants and refugees 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 Key Words: RIF 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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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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Growing up undocumented in Mountain View
9/28/18 In his new book, "Dear America: Notes of an Undocumented Citizen," Jose Antonio Vargas recounts his own story of growing up in Mountain View and living for years with the fear of being outed as a non-citizen. He uses his biography to show a national paradox -- a country wedded to undocumented residents in spite of a national system that refuses to recognize them as anything other than illegal.

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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. Key Words: RIF @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 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 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 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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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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Traditional Asian, Indian cultures contribute to stigmatization of mental illness
6/23/18 Teenagers get mixed messages about depression and anxiety, and it's hurting them. Many Indian and Asian parents grew up in a society where mental illness was not considered a health issue needing treatment, like a broken arm or leg. It is considered a matter of self-will. Traditional Asian values place importance on staying silent, saving face, suppressing emotions, obedience to authority, and academic excellence. Preserving the reputation of a family is prioritized over the needs of an individual, and presenting an image of perfection to the outside world is more important than resolving the issues or illness of a family member. Key Words: Counseling, Mental Health, Allies4

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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: food, housing, employment, health care, counseling, disaster

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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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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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Trump policy threatening to defund sanctuary cities is unconstitutional, appeals court says
8/1/18 President Trump's executive order threatening to withhold funding from sanctuary jurisdictions is unconstitutional, an appeals court said Wednesday. But the 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals said that a lower court went too far when it blocked the order nationwide, and sent the case back for more hearings to consider that question.

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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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New American Economy (NAE)
The Partnership for a New American Economy brings together more than 500 Republican, Democratic, and Independent mayors and business leaders united in making the economic case for streamlining, modernizing, and rationalizing our immigration system. This site contains research, reports and multi-media information demonstrating the contributions of Immigrants to the US economy and the need for immigration reform. 2016 report on New Americans in San Jose and Santa Clara County Key Words: OIR, SJ, SCC, demographics, mapping, disaster

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SCC Mental Health Resources
Quick Reference contact list for all programs - adult, children, teens, ethnic and cultural services. Santa Clara County 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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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 - 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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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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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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