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Wednesday, February 8, 2012

Causa Oregon Launches New Citizenship Program

Salem, Ore.-- This month, with the experience and support of local partners and the National Partnership for New Americans (NPNA), Causa Oregon is embarking on a national Citizenship Campaign.

Similar efforts are taking place in California, Washington, Colorado, Tennessee, Wisconsin, Florida, New York, Illinois, Maryland, and Massachusetts. NPNA represents the eleven largest immigrant rights coalitions and organizations working on immigrant integration in the US.

Causa is taking action to help Legal Permanent Residents (LPRs) in Oregon because as a Naturalized Citizen, individuals will be able to vote in elections, serve on juries, be elected to public office, have the ability to be involved in government decisions, and have ability to sponsor family members to immigrate to the United States, just to name a few.

With the new Citizenship Program, Causa aims to assist 125 eligible Legal Permanent Residents (LPRs) with legal review of their N-400 application and provide general citizenship outreach to 4,000 eligible LPR's across the State of Oregon.

To maximize our outreach efforts, Causa is partnering with community organizations and local ethnic media. Local legal service providers will also provide technical assistance and legal overview for group processing events.

There are three (3) upcoming events in Oregon that Causa is coordinating with SOAR Immigration Legal Services-- a branch of Ecumenical Ministries of Oregon (EMO), Immigration Counseling Services (ICS) and the American Immigration Lawyers Association (AILA). They are as follows:

March 17th, 10 AM
United Methodist Church
1095 South Beech St.
Cornelius, Oregon

NE Portland
April 28th, 10 AM
St. Matthews Episcopal Church
11229 NE Prescott St.
Portland, Oregon

June 2nd, 10 AM
First Congregational
United Church of Christ
700 Marion St. NE
Salem, Oregon
If you would like to volunteer to help at any of these events or have questions about Causa's Citizenship Program, please contact program coordinator Luis Guerra at luis(at) or at Causa's hotline at:

To get more information about Causa’s Citizenship Program, please visit our website.


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