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.

New 'navigators' bring help to hard-to-reach SCC residents
3/30/18 Santa Clara County Supervisors agreed last week to take action, voting 4-0 to set aside nearly $250,000 for the upcoming year to hire three "navigators" that can build bridges between disconnected, largely immigrant communities and ensure that fewer people are falling through the cracks.

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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. Key Words: ALLIES8

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SCC files request to find out if 2020 census will ask about citizenship
2/20/18 Santa Clara County has filed a formal request under the Freedom of Information Act to find out whether or not the U.S. Census Bureau's 2020 Census will include a question regarding citizenship. County officials believe that the federal government has been suggesting they may include a question on citizenship, which they say that experts emphasize could have a potential "dampening effect" on response rates in diverse areas like Santa Clara County.

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San Jose man detained while dropping daughter off at daycare to be released
3/31/18 SAN JOSE - In an unexpected twist, an immigration judge has ruled a San Jose father arrested in October while dropping off his daughter at daycare can remain in the U.S. after proving it wouldntt be safe to return to his native Mexico. Carrillo, 33, whose wife and three daughters are U.S. citizens, has lived in the country illegally for nearly 15 years. Once he is released from the West County Detention Center in Richmond, he'll be allowed to remain in the U.S. under a withholding of removal order, granted to people who prove more than a 50 percent chance they'll be persecuted in their home country. Key Words: ICE

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ICE targets 77 Northern California businesses in illegal worker crackdown
2/1/18 U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement agents this week served notices of inspection at 77 Northern California businesses in an effort to root out illegal workers. The so-called I-9 audit notices were delivered to businesses in San Francisco, San Jose and Sacramento. Mariela Garcia, community organizer at Sacred Heart Community Services in San Jose, said Santa Clara County's Rapid Response Network received calls this week about workplace audits. The network was able to confirm that two businesses were audited. "It's put people in a lot of panic," Garcia said. "We have people who are quitting their jobs."

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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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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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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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South Bay supervisor calls ICE raids at 7-Eleven stores "tragic"
1/10/18 Immigration agents conducted so-called employer audits at 100 7-Elevens in 17 states Wednesday morning. They were checking to see if employees were legally eligible to work in the United States. In the Bay Area, agents inspected stores in Napa, Santa Rosa, Sebastopol, Petaluma, Suisun City and Santa Clara. Santa Clara County Supervisor Dave Cortese called it "tragic."

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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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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.

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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, immigration

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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

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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. 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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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.

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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.

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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.

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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

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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

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Minimum Wage Increased In Several Bay Area Cities
1/1/18 The minimum wage in the City of San Jose increased to $13.50 an hour Monday, part of a regional effort to raise the minimum wage to $15 an hour by 2019. Through the regional effort, several other Santa Clara County cities have concurrently adopted ordinances aimed at raising the minimum wage to $15 by 2019. These cities include Cupertino, Los Altos, Milpitas, Palo Alto and Santa Clara. Both the cities of Sunnyvale and Mountain View reached that goal Monday, as the minimum wages there increased to $15.

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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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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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Day Worker Center-still here and ready to help
12-5-17 On a daily basis, a few dozen laborers -- many struggling to find a place to live -- come in and wait their turn for a chance to work. It could be landscaping work or helping a senior move furniture or hanging up Christmas lights at a local park. In their down time, the laborers aren't idle. They're practicing English, learning technical skills or even doing volunteer work in the community. The workers -- many of them immigrants to the U.S. -- are adherents of one of the most sacred of American ideals; that hard, honest work will be rewarded.

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Housing for Refugees
This 2016 resource guide was created to assist the RAs with their work to search for affordable housing for refugees. Includes info on networking, links to federal and state resources, info on Fair Housing laws,

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Los Gatos synagogue sets up refugee sanctuary
1/5/18 The sanctuary building at Congregation Shir Hadash in Los Gatos serves many purposes; it's where weekly services and special events such as bar mitzvahs are held. Now, the building also houses a sanctuary apartment, where an individual or a parent with one child can stay when in danger of being deported. "Once they're here they're safe, but if they leave they could be apprehended" Shir Hadash congregant Debbie Coutant said. "ICE has something called sensitive locations'synagogues, churches, healthcare facilities and schools' and they won't go into any sensitive locations."

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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 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

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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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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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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, 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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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.

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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

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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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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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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

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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.

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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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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.

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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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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.

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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.Key Words: ALLIES8

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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 (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.

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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. Multi-language: English | Spanish | Chinese | Vietnamese |

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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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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 - 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 - 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 Childrens 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, 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.

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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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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.

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San Jose chief visits Latino congregations to calm fears of deportation and ICE raids
2/12/18 Amid rising anxiety in immigrant communities fueled by deportation fears and increasingly aggressive federal operations, San Jose police Chief Eddie Garcia did one of the things he does best. Chief Garcia spoke at a Spanish-speaking mass Sunday at Sacred Heart of Jesus Parish to offer assurance that police will not double as immigration enforcers.

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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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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.

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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.

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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

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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

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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.

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