Immigration Program. Many African immigrants who don’t have their papers struggle with an unfair immigration system. ACT’s Immigration Program is raising an African voice for fair immigration reform. Our priorities include ensuring that African immigrants take advantage of immigration "executive action", including DACA, DAPA, and Temporary Protected Status for Guinea, Liberia, and Sierra Leone; and advocating for legislation to provide Driver’s Licenses and college financial aid to undocumented New Yorkers.
Jobs Program. African immigrants often struggle to find decent jobs in America, despite a wealth of skills and education. The Jobs Program is helping African workers protect their rights on the job, develop African-owned small businesses and co-ops, and connect our communities to job opportunities. In addition to organizing African workers, particularly hair braiders and taxi drivers, to improve the quality of their jobs, ACT's Jobs Program is fighting to increase wages and working conditions in Washington D.C. airports.
Language Access Campaign. The services that African immigrants need to integrate and advance are often not accessible or culturally competent. ACT is fighting to reform New York City and State language access policies, advocating with government to address the needs of Africans who speak French and African languages, and training a group of "Community Interpreters" to meet the demand for skilled, culturally competent interpretation and translation for African communities. Click here to learn about our NYC Language Access campaign.
Temporary Protected Status Campaign. On November 21, 2014, in response to the Ebola epidemic, the Secretary of Homeland Security designated Temporary Protected Status (TPS) for three West African nations: Guinea, Liberia, and Sierra Leone. Although much progress continues to be made, the three countries continue to experience substantial, temporary disruptions to their public health infrastructure and economies that render them unable, temporarily, to handle adequately the return of their nationals.
With the support of leaders from the Guinean, Liberian, and Sierra Leonean communities in America, and the governments of Guinea, Liberia, and Sierra Leone, African Communities Together launched the TPS Reauthorization Campaign, which is seeking the reauthorization of TPS for an additional 18 months beyond November 2016 and the reinstatement of late registration.
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