Forum Held at Community Church in Far Rockaway in Celebration of NYC Immigrant Heritage Week
Center For Caribbean Progress (CCP), a public policy research organization, held a Free Immigration Seminar in celebration of the 6th Annual NYC Immigrant Heritage Week, to provide assistance to community members with immigration and naturalization challenges. The attentive audience, gathered at Community Church of the Nazarene, Far Rockaway, NY, posed pertinent questions and concerns to the three-person panel of immigration experts.
“As President Barack Obama visits Trinidad and Tobago to attend the Fifth Summit of the Americas , and proposes sweeping reform of immigration laws, the Caribbean community, as well as other immigrant groups, have many unanswered questions about the effects on their immigration filing, status, and process,” CCP founder Donald Vernon stated. “Center For Caribbean Progress Free Immigration Seminars bring local legal experts together with members of our underserved communities for open exchange of valuable, up to date information, to assist in navigating the paperwork and process associated with citizenship and other immigration concerns.”
The three noted lawyers comprising the immigration panel included:
- Mark Crawford, Attorney At Law. Partner, Drummond & Crawford, PC, Queens Village , NY
- Delroy Murray, Attorney At Law. Founder, Delroy Murray & Associates, Bronx , NY
- Donald P. Vernon, Attorney At Law. Founder, Vernon & Associates, PC, Jamaica , NY
Seminar attendees, primarily immigrants from the West Indies , were eager to learn about their rights, rules and options from legal specialists Mr. Crawford, Mr.. Murray and Mr. Vernon. Panelists made presentations addressing family petitions; legislative changes; status removal; deportation; and other policy issues, and then answered questions from the audience. Additionally, attendees had an opportunity to ask questions of the experts one-on-one. The crowd remained for the two hour session held April 16th that included basics of immigration law.
Center For Caribbean Progress hosted this Free Immigration Seminar in Celebration of the 6th Annual New York City Immigrant Heritage Week. Declared an official, annual celebration by New York City Mayor, Michael Bloomberg, Immigrant Heritage Week is a unique celebration of the vibrant immigrant cultures, heritage, and communities found in every corner of the City. For more information on Immigrant Heritage Week, visit nyc.gov.
Sponsored by Center For Caribbean Progress, this Free Immigration Seminar was another community based outreach program designed to enrich the lives of the Caribbean-American community. The Center for Caribbean Progress is a public policy research organization based in Jamaica , New York . Our mission is to support private enterprise, vital cultural and political institutions and organizations; dedication to the preservation of Caribbean Culture throughout the Diaspora; to conduct independent research and, based on that research, provide innovative, practical recommendations to the Diaspora. For more information, visit Cari-PAC.org, email [email protected], or call 718-551-5892.