Immigrant Info / Tools/Research

The Tools/Research Section contains useful toolkits, apps and databases for immigrants and their advocates. All of these links and much more can also be found in the Resources Search page.

Phone Ringtone Advises CA Immigrants of Their Rights
6/27/17 SALINAS  These are uncertain times for the immigrant community and advocates are trying to find ways to bring them help and comfort. The latest effort comes in the form of aby the United Farm Workers, a cumbia-style jingle that advises if immigration comes, keep calm. You have the right to not sign anything and not say anything. You have the right to remain silent and to ask for a lawyer. Download Ringtone |
Policy Research and reports on Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders. Local, State and National Demographics, Rights & Identities, LGBT and Gender Issues, and Religion. A Project of Karthick Ramakrishnan at the UC Riverside. is a free, multi-language, international site where non-profit, community, and government organizations can post jobs, internships, and volunteer needs and volunteers can look for opportunities. For non-profits, registration, event and volunteer postings are free. Small charge for job or internship listings. | Spanish | French |
MiConsulMex - Mexican Consulate App for Smart Phones & Tablets
Offered free by the Mexican government to provide information about services, protections, and activities of the Consulates. Available Soon: New feature of an Emergency Button that will immediately contact the closest Consulate by phone or text. Apple | Android | Language: Spanish
Mobile apps for undocumented immigrants mark new era in technology
4/10/17 Developing digital safety nets and resources for this growing market has taken on new urgency in the wake of the Trump administration's immigration policies. Arrived is a free app available for download now. It was created by a team largely composed of Google employees, to empower immigrants with knowledge on a variety of topics, from housing and education to jobs and deportation. Other apps are in development. With the press of a digital panic button, immigrants detained by ICE may soon be able to send customized, encrypted messages to friends and family from their mobile phones in a last-minute attempt to share final parting words or critical information.
My Fellow American
A project of Unity Productions Foundation (UPF), My Fellow American is an online film and social media project that calls upon concerned Americans to pledge and spread a message that Muslims are our fellow Americans. It asks people of other backgrounds to pledge, and share a real life story about a Muslim friend, neighbor, or colleague that they admire. Using the power of social media, My Fellow American seeks to change the narrative - from Muslims as the other, to Muslims as our fellow Americans. Key Words: Islam, Positive Resource
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 Council USA
The RCUSA is a coalition of 22 U.S.-based non-governmental organizations, is dedicated to refugee protection, welcome, and excellence in the U.S. refugee resettlement program. Post-Election Refugee Took Kit, Key Words:
Refugee Phrasebooks - 16 Languages
In the 1980s and 1990s, the Cultural Orientation Resource Center was funded to develop phrasebooks for selected refugee populations. These phrasebooks include appropriate English phrases for use in daily American life, selected to be direct, brief, and relevant. Among the nineteen units included are sections on Giving Information About Yourself, Recognizing Signs, Dealing With Money, Health, Food, Clothing, Housing, and Jobs. Each phrasebook is approximately 140 pages and can be downloaded for free. Languages: Russian, Spanish, Bosnian / Croatian / Serbian, Chinese (Cantonese), , Somali . Czech, Farsi , Haitian Creole, Hungarian, Hmong,, Khmer . Lao , Polish and Vietnamese
Unity Production Foundation Films
The mission of Unity Productions Foundation (UPF) is to counter bigotry and create peace through the media. UPF produces films that tell compelling stories for television, online viewing, and theatrical release. These films are part of long-term educational campaigns aimed at increasing understanding among people of different faiths and cultures, especially among Muslims and other faiths. Key Words: Interfaith, Multi-cultural, Islam, Video, Positive Resource
Higher wages linked to immigrant diversity
4-10-17 Diverse immigrant populations do more than enrich a city's cultural fabric. According to geographers from the University at Buffalo and Southampton University, they also boost wages. In cities that are unwelcoming to immigrants, as diversity rises, people's wages either don't change, or they go up by only a small amount. In cities that are welcoming to immigrants, as diversity goes up, people's wages go up, and by a lot," said Abigail Cooke, an assistant professor of geography in UB's College of Arts and Sciences, who wrote the paper with Thomas Kemeny, a UB research assistant professor and a lecturer at the University of Southampton in England.
I Speak Cards - Request for Interpretation
These cards can be used to help an individual obtain interpretive services. Check on the language to download and print out. Insert the name of the individual on the blank line on both the English and the non-English language statements. Cut along the border lines, place back-to-back with adhesive (glue or paste), and laminate the card. Spanish, Laotian, Russian, Cambodian, Chinese, Farsi, Korean, Vietnamese, Hmong
Bureau of Citizenship and Immigration Services: Case Status
The BCIS (Formerly INS) recently opened Case Status online letting customers with applications at a BCIS Service Center conveniently check the status of their case over the internet. As a next step in improving service customers can also call 1-800-375-5283 toll-free for automated case status assistance on Service Center filed cases. Spanish
CIVIC - End Isolation
CIVIC is the national immigration detention visitation network, which is working to end U.S. immigration detention by monitoring human rights abuses, elevating stories, building community-based alternatives to detention, and advocating for system change. Key Words: Humanitarian
Children of Immigrants Data Tool
This Urban Institute tool enables users to generate detailed charts of the characteristics of children age 0 to 17 nationwide and for individual states and the District of Columbia.
Citizenship Works
Contains information and tools to help immigrants determine their eligibility for citizenship and understand the naturalization process.
FEMA Mobile Disaster App
The app provides a customizable checklist of emergency supplies, maps of open shelters and Disaster Recovery Centers, and tips on how to survive natural and manmade disasters. The latest version (May, 2016) features weather-related alerts from the National Weather Service (NWS). Users can sign up to receive these alerts for up to five locations across the U.S.The |Spanish| of the app is available for download to Android and Apple devices. Key words: Federal Emergency Management System
HHS Multi-Cultural Resources for Health Information
Cultural Competency, Glossaries, Multi-language Dictionaries, Limited English Proficiency, LEP, Health Resources in Multiple Languages, Multi-cultural research,
How the Irish compare to other waves of immigrants in the U.S.
3/17/17 St. Patrick's Day is March 17, when about 39 percent of Americans say they celebrate their Irish heritage. More than 4.5 million Irish immigrants arrived in the U.S. between 1820 and 1930. Between 1820 and 1860, the Irish constituted more than one-third of all immigrants to the U.S. Here is a look at many waves of immigrants coming to America over the decades.
Immigration Advocates Network (IAN)
The IAN is a collaborative effort of leading immigrants' rights organizations designed to increase access to justice for low-income immigrants and strengthen the capacity of organizations serving them. The IAN Non-Profit Resource Center provides an assortment of free, easily accessible and comprehensive online resources and tools. Key Words: Legal Library, Listserv, Podcasts, Professional Training, Calendar, Alerts, Membership
NCSL Immigration Law Enactments Searchable Database
NCSL (National Conference of State Legislatures) tracks and reports on state laws and resolutions that address legal immigrants, migrant and seasonal workers, refugees and unauthorized immigrants. Database of Immigration Laws and Current State Immigration Legislation searchable by state, topic, or year.
Receiving Communities Toolkit - Immigrant Integration
Oct 2011 The Receiving Communities Toolkit focuses on communities where new immigrants have made their homes, helping neighbors build relationships through trust and understanding. The toolkit draws upon and highlights a growing body of promising yet often little-known efforts that successfully bridge divides between immigrants and longer-term residents in receiving communities across the country, the communities where newcomers settle.
Refugee Health Information Network (rhin)
RHIN is a national collaborative partnership that has created a database of quality multilingual, public health resources for those providing care to resettled refugees and asylees. Resources include Health education materials in various languages and formats (brochures, fact sheets, videos), Provider tools (including information on refugee populations and cultures), and information on Emergency Preparedness and Response for vulnerable populations.
Searching for Sanctuary - ILRC Analysis of US Cities & Counties
12/2016 Immigrant Legal Resource Council Immigrant Legal Resource Council (ILRC) identified seven different types of policies to consider in assessing the extent of local assistance with immigration enforcement in different jurisdictions. We used these factors to evaluate the extent to which local law enforcement agencies offer voluntary assistance to ICE. Without enacting policies to preserve local resources and safety for the entire community, regardless of immigration status, local law enforcement will continue to be extensively involved in deportations.
US Center for the Study of Immigrant Integration (CSII)
The mission of the USC Center for the Study of Immigrant Integration (CSII) is to remake the narrative for understanding, and to shape the dialogue, on immigrant integration in America. CSII intends to identify and evaluate the mutual benefits of immigrant integration for the native-born and immigrants and to study the pace of the ongoing transformation in different locations, not only in the past and present but projected into the future. Key Words: Research, Demographics
USCIS Citizenship Resource Center
USCIS Multilingual One Stop site with information for Immigrants, Teachers and Advocates.Information in English, | Arabic | Chinese | Korean | Spanish | Tagalog |Vietnamese | Part of a USCIS Public Awareness Education drive. Key Words: Multi-language, Instructor Resource, Student Resource,
USCIS Civics Test Study Tools Mobile App
A new USCIS app is now available on the iTunes and Google Play app stores. The app helps you prepare for the civics test during the naturalization interview. It also has a game to challenge your civics knowledge, reminder notifications, and review of past tests. You can also switch between English and Spanish. Apple | Android |
USCIS Tools to Avoid Scammers
The USCIS wants to combat immigration services scams by equipping applicants, legal service providers and community-based organizations with the knowledge and tools they need to detect and protect themselves from dishonest practices. Links to information about how to find authorized legal immigration help, common scams and where to report them. | Spanish |
Jan 2016. Know Your Rights Video. 10 minute video in English and |Spanish| advising how to interact with authorities.
iAmerica is a national campaign driven by diverse organizations, created to offer informational tools and interactive opportunities for immigrants and their families to become full participants in our nation's democracy. The website is a centralized platform with accessible and credible essential services and information for immigrant families. Key Words: DACA, Haitian TPS, Collaborative, Immigration Legal, Citizenship