Cabrini Immigrant Services of NYC’s Justice for Immigrants group is part of the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops’ campaign by the same name. On a national level, the goals of JFI are as follows:
Educate the public, especially the Catholic community, including Catholic public officials, about Church teaching on migration and immigrants
Create political will for positive immigration reform
Enact legislative and administrative reforms based on the principles articulated by the bishops
Organize Catholic networks to assist qualified immigrants obtain the benefits of reforms
On a local level, JFI at CIS-NYC exists to empower, educate, and involve our immigrant community. Through popular education workshops, civic participation, and local outreach, JFI at CIS-NYC moves from words to action, from charity to justice. Immigrants and supporters are encouraged to use their voices and to recognize their power to be active agents of change regardless of their immigration status.
Past activities of JFI have included lobby days in both Washington D.C. and Albany, New York; rallies in New York City, D.C., and Albany; meetings with local representatives; educational workshops about immigrant rights, housing, and other important issues; and collecting signatures for petitions to fight “stop and frisk” and to support the DREAM Act and immigration reform.
Most months JFI workshops and meetings are held on the last Thursday of every month at the CIS-NYC office (139 Henry St.) at 6:00 p.m.
To learn about the next meeting/workshop or if you have any general questions about what the group is up to, contact us at 212-791-4590 ext. 107 or at email@example.com.