The Dignity and Development Project is a collaboration with The Migrant Center at the Church of Saint Francis of Assisi and La72 – Hogar y Refugio Para Migrantes (La72.org) in Tenosique, Tabasco, Mexico. This fund will seek to provide migrants and refugees, especially women, children and adolescents, and LGBT, with the personalized support, vocational training, and social activities that will help to restore dignity and promote personal and professional development during the migration experience and the long and often drawn-out asylum application processes. For more information, please read about the Dignity and Development Project in Journeying Together: Fostering Dignity and Development Among Vulnerable Migrants and Refugees
Inspired by the Franciscan tradition of ministering to people who are alienated, displaced, or persecuted, the “pilgrims and strangers” in our midst, The Migrant Center at the Church of St. Francis of Assisi welcomes immigrants/migrants of various ethnic backgrounds regardless of political or religious affiliation.
• Immigration Information Service – assisting immigrants/migrants with their legal needs• Social Services Assistance –assisting immigrants/migrants to navigate the social service system through referral and on-site services such as ESL Classes, free health screenings, etc.
• Solidarity, Advocacy and Network Building – aimed at protecting and promoting the rights and welfare of immigrants (e.g., campaign against wage theft and other oppressive employment issues, visits to the Immigration Detention Center) in collaboration with other immigrant/migrant organizations and institutions
• Education and Formation – aimed at raising public awareness and providing opportunities for involvement in initiatives that promote and protect the rights of immigrants/migrants in collaboration with other organizations and institutions.
How Can You Help?
• If you are an immigration lawyer or a lawyer of any field of practice or paralegal or legal representative, you can provide pro-bono legal services, especially for difficult cases or you can provide free legal consultation on site.• Volunteer on a weekly basis as an intake coordinator.
• Be a translator from your native tongue to English or be a sign language translator.
• Be a social services assistant or a resource person to help immigrants/migrants access the social service system.
• Participate in advocacy campaigns, volunteer to visit detainees.
• Promote awareness of the center by mentioning it to your friends and/or inviting your friends to participate/volunteer at the center.
• Make a tax-deductible financial contribution that will enable the Migrant Center to serve our less fortunate brothers and sisters.
For more information or for immigration assistance or to volunteer, please contact Fr. Julian Jagudilla, O.F.M. at 212-736-8500 ext. 377 or at email@example.com