Tuesday, October 14, 2014

It's time to naturalize! Come get excited about it at the Naturalization Ceremony Oct 24th at the Urbana Federal Court house

Immigration Community Resource Fair 
Sponsored by the University YMCA, the Office of Public Engagement, 
Department of Human Resources, and the Illinois Coalition for Immigrant & Refugee Rights


Come visit us this Thursday at the University YMCA to learn more about community resources that serve immigrant families and international communities in CU.


At the fair, you will also be able to explore the various local community resources available for those seeking assistance and information about the citizenship and/or deferred action (DACA) process, such as:
  • Local free ESL resources
  • Legal services
  • Information about Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA)
  • Information about citizenship process 
  • Free assistance with citizenship test preparation 
  • healthcare resources
  • And many more!
As an added bonus to these resources, we will show you what application processes looks like and provide you a questionnaire and a list of the the necessary materials needed to start the citizenship process. For detailed assistance, schedule a one-on-one consultation to take place at the fairFree and open to the public. All are welcome.
Immigration Community Resource Fair
When: Thursday, October 16th, 2014
 4:00 PM to 8:00 PM

Where: University YMCA
 1001 S. Wright Street
 Latzer Hall (First Floor)

Participating organizations at the fair include: Champaign County Health Care Consumers, Champaign Unit 4 Schools, CU Immigration Forum, Department of Human Services, East Central Illinois Refugee Mutual Assistance Center, First Presbyterian Church of Champaign, Immigration Project, La Casa Cultural Latina, La Colectiva, University YMCA, Urbana Adult Education Center

Friday, October 3, 2014

Welcome Awards 2014

October 2014 Newsletter  

Recognizing An Immigrant Friendly C-U
The C-U Immigration Forum Announces 
The 2014 Immigrant Welcome Award Winners 

The CU Immigration forum announces the award winners of the 2014 Immigrant Welcome Awards. All are invited to the 2014 Immigrant Welcome Awards Celebration to honor the awardees, enjoy food, and live music. Special entertainment will be provided by Djibril Camara and the Mara Giri Dance Ensemble.

What: Immigrant Welcome Awards Celebration
When: Oct 4, 2014 from 2 to 3:30pm
Where: Urbana Lake House, 206 W Park Street, Urbana

Background: The Immigrant Welcome Awards recognizes the contributions of individuals and organizations that have created a welcoming atmosphere for immigrants in the Champaign-Urbana community. The CU Immigration Forum has created the Immigrant Welcome Awards to celebrate the accomplishments of the following individuals and organizations that have made significant contributions, taken risks, and have provided leadership for the wellbeing and success of immigrants in Champaign County.


2014 Immigrant Welcome Award Winners:

Student Leadership Award - student who has shown promise as an important leader in immigration issues, locally or beyond

Allison Perez Briseno is a burgeoning leader in our community. She has participated in local immigration marches with her family and encourages other youth to chant and make an impact at these events. Most recently Allison presented Congressman Rodney Davis' Office with a father's day card where she spoke about the case of a close family member who was deported and the impact that had had on her family. She also shared that many kids at her school are living in constant fear of being separated from their parents. Allison is very young, but is already a strong leader!

Business Leadership Award - A business that contributes to the local immigrant community through advocacy, donations or in-kind servic
es and/or a locally owned immigrant owned business that has contributed to the local economic development of CU.

Rick's Bakery - Despite having language barriers and a lack of understanding about what is needed to own a business in the US. Ricardo opened his own bakery in 2012. He frequently donates products to community and cultural events. In addition, he sells Mexican handcrafts and folk art at his Bakery. He sends the proceeds from the art sales back to his family in Mexico. Ricardo's hard work helps his community both here and abroad, contributes to the local economy, and provides a great example for others.

Leadership Award - An individual who has been a strong leader in the immigrant community.
Guy Lombela is a dedicated leader of the Congolese community. As a Pastor at Stone Creek Church, he does so much for both his congregation and for the Congolese community including finding resources and services for families and individuals as well as creating safe spaces for people to talk about important community issues.

Distinguished Service Award - An individual who has demonstrated long-term commitment to the local immigrant community.

Father Tom Royer (Retired St. Mary's Church) has worked f

or immigrant rights, human rights and social justice for over 30 years. In the 1980s and 1990s he was a leader in the local Sanctuary movement, along with five other area churches. Since then he has welcomed political refugees and their families from El Salvador, Guatemala and Honduras. His parish became a sister community to five small hamlets in rural El Salvador. At St. Mary's he organized times to offer mass in Spanish and also in a Mayan indigenous language. His motto is we work with immigrants not for them and we listen to their concerns.

Community Organization Award - A Nonprofit or community
-based organization, which demonstrates exceptional commitment to serving and advocating for local immigrants

East Central Illinois Refugee Mutual Assistance Center has been serving refugees, immigrants, and political asylees in CU since 1980. They serve thousands of individuals and families every year. Ms. Ho and M
s. Hlavna are the driving force of the Center, but all of the staff have shown exemplary and sustained commitment to the refugee and immigrant community. They work day and night, and even on weekends.

The Champaign-Urbana Immigration Forum is composed of immigrants, students, local clergy, service providers, labor unions representatives and ordinary citizens concerned about the progress and plight of immigrants in the Champaign County community.

Tuesday, September 23, 2014

DACA Revisited this Thursday 9-25

Para Los Llegados en La Infancia *DACA*

Si Usted, algún familiar o amigo cumple con los requisitos de la DACA,
puede ser elegible para un permiso de trabajo, su número de seguro social, su licencia de manejo y, sobre todo, NO deportación.

 Taller de DACA
(ayuda con la solicitud para aplicar o la renovación de DACA)

jueves, 25 de septiembre, 4:00PM-8:00PM
Stratton Elementary School (en la cafetería)
902 North Randolph,Champaign, IL 61820

Para registrarse para este evento
llame a La Línea 217-417-5897.

*Personas con citas tendrán serán atendidas primero. Personas sin citas seran atendidas como haya tiempo. 

*Favor de asistir para recibir información.

1. Haber llegado antes de cumplir los 16 años de edad.
2. Haber vivido en USA entre Junio 15, 2012 al presente.
3. No haber cumplido los 31 años el 15 de Junio 2012.
4. Por lo menos asistió a la escuela preparatoria (high school) o está en un programa de GED (Educación de Adultos)5. No tener ningún delito grave o DUI.
6. Haber estado físicamente en EUA el 15 de Junio del 2012 y al momento de presentar la solicitud.

Si es su primera vez, favor de traer los documentos que tenga:
  • Pasaporte/Certificado de Nacimiento/ Identificación con foto
  • Registros de Hospital/Registros de Viaje
  • La Forma I94/I-95/I94W con día de expiración autorizado
  • Recibos de Alquiler/ Factura de Utilidades/Registros de Empleo (recibos de paga, la forma del W-2)
  • Registros de Escuela, Registros de Servicio Militar, o Diploma de Escuela Secundaria/GED
  • Registros Fechados del Banco
  • Recibos de Impuestos, Pólizas de Seguro
  • Tarjeta de Seguro Social

Wednesday, September 10, 2014

CUIF Seeking Nominations for Immigrant Welcome Awards

*Nominations are now being accepted through September 25th*

The Champaign-Urbana Immigration Forum is hosting our first annual Immigrant Welcome Awards! Immigrant Welcome Awards recognizes the contributions of individuals and organizations that have created a welcoming atmosphere for immigrants in the Champaign-Urbana community. We are seeking nominations for individuals and organizations that have made significant contributions, taken risks, and have provided leadership for the wellbeing and success of immigrants in Champaign County.

Submit your nomination TODAY!  Submit a Nomination On-lineOr you can download your nomination form and email the form to or mail to Channing Murray, 1209 W. Oregon Street, Urbana IL 61801, Attention: Welcome Awards.

Selection and Ceremony - A committee of community representatives will select awardees.

Please mark your calendars:
Immigrant Welcome Awards Celebration
Oct 4, 2014 from 2 to 3:30pm
Urbana Lake House
206 W Park Street, Urbana
All community members are invited to the awards ceremony.

We look forward to receiving your nominations!

Please email if you have questions. We look forward to seeing your nominations!

Thank you!
CU Immigration Forum

Saturday, July 12, 2014

Rhizome of Ixil: Video Game Launch Party

When: Saturday, July 19th 12:00 - 2:00 pm
Where: Urbana Champaign Independent Media Center
 202 S. Broadway, Urbana IL 61820
Admission: Free

About the Event:

We are pleased to announce the launch of Rhizome of Ixil, a non-profit video game created by artist Daniella Pavlic. A launch party will be held on July 19th, 2014 at the Urbana Champaign Independent Media Center. Sponsored by the UC-IMC and Urbana Arts Grant, this launch party is free to the public and the whole community is invited to participate.
This event will showcase the video game and provide a chance for dialog around the current Latin American politics, specifically the Maya Ixil Community. There will be a short screening of ‘How to Nail a Dictator’ followed up by a demo of Rhizome of Ixil. A panel discussion will be held for questions regarding the game design and history of the Ixil community. The last portion of the launch will be open to the public for play-testing the game and giving feedback. Beverages and snacks will also be available.

For more information visit:

Wednesday, March 5, 2014

Immigrant Friendly, immigrant proud; our towns are doing it. Come listen how Chicago is too !

Working to Make Chicago the Most Immigrant Friendly City in the U.S.
Adolfo Hernandez, Director, Chicago Office of New Americans
When: Friday, March 7, 2014
Where: Latzer Hall at the University Y, 1001 S. Wright, Champaign

In 2011, Adolfo Hernandez was appointed by
Mayor Emanuel to serve as the Director of the newly created Chicago's Office of New Americans.
The Office of New Americans was created by the Mayor to make Chicago the most immigrant
friendly city in the country by better leveraging the contributions of immigrants through
enhanced collaboration between city government, community organizations, academic and
faith based institutions, and the private sector.Hernandez, who is the son of Mexican immigrants
and was born and raised in Chicago's Little Village community, has worked to develop
and implement policies and strategies that support the creation and expansion of immigrant-
owned businesses, that develop, attract, and retain talent and expertise from other countries,
and that bolster Chicago's status as a vibrant and welcoming international city.
In September of 2013, the White House recognized Adolfo for his work in Chicago as one of
ten local heroes who are "Champions of Change" and that work tirelessly to effectively
integrate immigrants civically, linguistically, and socially into the fabric of their neighborhoods by
bringing all residents together to create welcoming communities.

Tuesday, February 11, 2014

News Release: This Sunday, Town Meeting On Immigration With Candidates

Press Release:
For Immediate Release
February 11, 2014

For media inquiries, contact: Megan Flowers, Event Spokesperson

Town Meeting on Immigration With Candidates
Congressional, State Rep Candidates and
constituents meet to discuss immigration

[Champaign, IL] The CU-Immigration Forum and other co-sponsors announce an upcoming community meeting and candidates forum about the issue of immigration reform on Sunday, Feb 16th from 3PM to 5PM, at the Champaign Public Library, 200 W. Green Street, Champaign.

Candidates or their representatives from the 13th congressional district will join the community in a discussion on the issue of immigration and what they support. State representative candidates from the 103rd District have also been invited since there will be some state legislation that will also impact immigrants. The CU Immigration Forum and co-sponsors encourage all community members to attend this public event to meet representatives and to share their stories and concerns about the issue of immigration. There will also be an opportunity for community members to ask candidates questions they may have. No registration is required to attend this free, public meeting.

“Now is the opportunity for us to talk to our representatives about immigration,” says Ben Mueller, community member and member of the CU Immigration Forum. “We are concerned with how immigration legislation will impact us locally.”

Background: The CU Immigration Forum comprises of a broad cross section of community members, students, and local service providers. They meet once a month regularly to talk about immigration and serving the immigrant community. As the House considers immigration legislation, community members would like the opportunity to keep the conversation about immigration going and talk to district and state representatives.

This event is sponsored by the CU Immigration Forum, ACLU of Champaign County, Planners Network, La Colectiva, Graduate Organization of Latina/o Students, Alpha Phi Sigma, CU Citizens for Peace and Justice, MECHA, GEO, Lambda Theta Phi, SEIU Local 73, Korean American Resource and Cultural Center, University YMCA.