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Summer-long citizenship campaign launched

Catholic Legal Services partners with Miami-Dade County to urge eligible residents to apply for U.S. citizenship

MIAMI | Catholic Legal Services of the Archdiocese of Miami has joined forces with Miami-Dade County’s Office of New Americans to promote the Summer of Citizenship, a campaign to engage, educate, and empower eligible permanent residents to apply for U.S. citizenship.

The 13-week effort kicked off June 19, and is aimed at almost 500,000 Miami-Dade residents who are eligible for citizenship. There are approximately 8.9 million eligible lawful permanent residents in the United States.

As part of the Summer of Citizenship, Catholic Legal Services and The Office of New Americans will host know-your-rights and naturalization information sessions throughout Miami-Dade County. They will use in-person events and social media to encourage those eligible to go to Citizenshipworks, an online service that guides users safely through every step of the citizenship application. These efforts will lead up to a mega-event the week of September 17 in celebration of Citizenship Day.

“The Summer of Citizenship of campaign is intended to assist those individuals who otherwise would not have access to the information, technical assistance, and legal assistance that our partners are providing residents across Miami-Dade County,” said Vanessa Joseph, senior staff attorney and outreach coordinator at Catholic Legal Services.

The Summer of Citizenship will work closely with public libraries, community-based organizations, local leadership, and the community at-large to ensure the campaign’s success.

“We cannot fulfill our mission without the broad and welcoming support of our local elected officials, business leaders, educational institutions, and faith leaders. Making naturalization a reality for hundreds of individuals across Miami-Dade County benefits not only the individual, but also their entire family and the larger communities in which they live,” said Krystina Francois, executive director of The Office of New Americans.

For more information on the Summer of Citizenship campaign, or to participate in and partner with the campaign, please contact Vanessa Joseph at [email protected], or Krystina Francois, [email protected].

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