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SWOP’s Citizenship Campaign: Lending a Hand to Our Neighborhood Families

SWOP has an ongoing citizenship campaign to protect our immigrant families and to build power within our community by informing and accompanying legal permanent residents on their path to become citizens. This year, SWOP is collaborating with six other organization including Instituto del Progreso Latino, Latino Organization of the Southwest, Mujeres Latinas en Acción, Centro de Trabajadores Unidos, Brighton Park Neighborhood Council, and Casa Michoacan to bring monthly citizenship workshop events to the neighborhoods of Chicago. This effort is funded by the State of Illinois’ New American’s Initiative, supported by the Illinois Coalition for Immigrant and Refugee Rights.

Since August, SWOP has offered five workshops and has served an average of 40 people per workshop. Throughout this time, SWOP has connected with over 200 community members who are interested in becoming citizens. Some of these individuals are at the stage of learning about the process, others are already receiving classes, studying for the test, or have already come to a workshop where they were helped to start their application process.

Over the years SWOP has helped hundreds of people to begin the process of becoming U.S. citizens. At this time SWOP has 25 volunteers and staff that assist at the workshops. SWOP is always looking for new volunteers to be able to help more people in our community. Some volunteers started by going through the process themselves; moving from participating as hopeful soon-to-be citizens, to now supporting others who still need to go through the process. If you are interested in volunteering at a citizenship workshop or have questions about how to begin your pathway to citizenship, please contact Adriana Velazquez at 773-471-8208 ext. 113, or at avelazquez@swopchicago.org.

 

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