Mission: The Illinois Coalition for Immigrant and Refugee Rights (ICIRR) is dedicated to promoting the rights of immigrants and refugees to full and equal participation in the civic, cultural, social, and political life of our diverse society. In partnership with its member organizations, ICIRR educates and organizes immigrant and refugee communities to assert their rights; promotes citizenship and civic participation; monitors, analyzes, and advocates on immigrant-related issues; and, informs the general public about the contributions of immigrants and refugees.
Results: ICIRR is a nationally recognized and respected non-profit organization that works together with over 120 of its member organizations to educate and organize immigrant communities to assert their rights and build immigrant power; promote citizenship and civic engagement; monitor, analyze and advocate on immigrant-related issues and inform the public about the positive contributions of newcomers to the quality of life in the U.S.
Geographic areas served: Local, State & National
Programs: The new americans initiative (nai) is funded through the illinois department of human services and administered through illinois coalition for immigrant and refugee rights (icirr) in cooperation with illinois department of human services (dhs). The nai provides comprehensive services to assist illinois' more than 325,000 legal permanent residents become u. S. Citizens. Nai provides services ranging from citizenship preparation to assistance in filling out applications, as well as legal screening. It emphasizes regional outreach and offers convenient locations for citizenship applications to receive these services. It assists legal permanent residents in applying for u. S. Citizenship. The fy 2013 grant was $2,312,295 of that amount, $2,002,156 was directly subcontracted to community and social services organizations; $277,672 was for media and other outreach to inform immigrants of workshops and other events.
the outreach and interpretation program is funded by the illinois department of human services. It provides grants to community-based organizations in order to increase the amount and level of services provided to immigrant communities. The program also provides training to idhs caseworkers on immigrant-related issues. The fy 2013 grant was $1,786,099 of that amount, $1,455,682 was directly subcontracted to community and social services organizations. Over 70,000 individuals received assistance in fy 2013.
the ipc program is a partnership between immigrant-serving agencies in the state of illinois, get covered il, icirr and the illinois department of public health (idph). Our providers offer application assistance for health insurance through the affordable care act (aca). Ipc navigators routinely perform outreach and educational activities that inform immigrants about the adult medicaid, marketplace and health literacy.
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I believe that ICIRR is one of the most effective advocacy and grass roots organizations in the state of Illinois, and possibly the entire Midwest region. They are so good at mobilizing their base, training leaders, and getting their message out. They have made immigrant and refugee issues incredibly strong in our state legislature and with local governments.
ICIRR does great organizing and advocay work for the immigrant community. I would like to highlight the great work of the Immigrant Family Resource Program specifically in regards to empowering the Immigrant community. IFRP has played an extradorinary role in the community.