ICIRR Joins National Partnership for New Americans to Train 1000 Volunteers

March 21, 2012

The Illinois Coalition for Immigrant and Refugee Rights (ICIRR) is a proud partner of the National Partnership for New Americans, a coalition made up of 12 of the most prominent national grassroots immigrant and advocacy organizations. The Partnership was established to outreach to new immigrant communities and helping legal permanent residents become active citizens to create a more welcoming democracy for all.

The National Partnership for New Americans, is launching its ambitious citizenship program, Become a Citizen Now! to train over 1,000 Citizenship Coaches leading up to the official launch on Saturday March 24.  These citizenship coaches will be trained to help legal permanent residents become naturalized citizens. The coaches will build national capacity over the next year to meet the Partnership’s collective goal of naturalizing 3650 citizens, assist almost 13,000 legal permanent residents, and outreach to almost 73,000 people in 2012. 


ICIRR will be training 400 volunteers leading up to the national launch on March 24. Join us for a volunteer training to volunteer for an upcoming citizenship workshop!




Wednesday, March 21, volunteer training, at 2141 S Tan Court, Chicago, IL from 6pm to 8pm.


Thursday, March 22, volunteer training, at World Relief Chicago at 3507 W Lawrence Ave, Ste. 208, Chicago IL from 6pm to 8pm.




Saturday March 24, citizenship workshop, St. Rita of Cascia Parish, 6243 S Fairfield Avenue, Chicago, IL from 9am to 12pm.


Second Citizenship workshop: Saturday March 24, Truman College 1145 W Wilson Avenue, Chicago, IL from 8am to 12pm.


There are over 1.8 million immigrants in Illinois, 783,000 are U.S. citizens and another 340,000 are currently eligible to become U.S. citizens. Since February 2005, the New American Initiative in Illinois has assisted 56,458 immigrants to naturalize. This program initiated by The Illinois Coalition for Immigrant and Refugee Rights (ICIRR) in partnership with the Illinois Department of Human Services has held 1,180 citizenship workshops across the state. 


For more information on how to become a citizen in Illinois, please visit ICIRR's New American's Initiative page.


The Partnership is also announcing the launch of a new citizenship website in English and Spanish www.becomeacitizennow.org and www.hazteciudadanoahora.org as a tool to assist eligible legal permanent residents to become citizens.