“The good work and leadership of Project Citizenship impacts the lives of families who are on their journey to becoming citizens,” said Congresswoman Clark. “My hope is that through partnerships like these, our immigrant and refugee communities will see my office as another resource in their journey.” – U.S. Congresswoman Katherine Clark
“ORI was proud to join Project Citizenship in this initiative. Naturalization is also about integration, and thanks to this effort, hundreds of new Americans will be able to achieve the long pathway of the American dream.” – Acting Executive Director, Office of Refugees and Immigrants Marcony Almeida-Barros
“The Rede Abr A Brasileira and its team of professionals is happy to join efforts with organizations such as Project Citizenship, supporting them to achieve their goals and to provide services to our community.” – WSRO 650AM
Citizenship Day by the numbers:
- 62 attendees from 14 countries
- 50 completed applications
- 30 volunteers
Marcony Almeida-Barros, Acting Executive Director, Massachusetts Office of Refugees and Immigrants, Atsuko Fish, Fish Family Foundation Trustee, and Veronica Serrato, Executive Director, Project Citizenship.
Pro bono attorney Heather Carr; and U.S. Congresswoman Katherine Clark, with a woman applying for citizenship.
Dawn Slaven, U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services Community Relations Officer; Veronica Serrato, Executive Director, Project Citizenship; Alejandra St. Guillen, Director, Mayor’s Office of New Bostonians; U.S. Congresswoman Katherine Clark; Chris Walsh, State Representative; Marcony Almeida-Barros, Acting Executive Director, Massachusetts Office of Refugees and Immigrants; and Atsuko Fish, Trustee, Fish Family Foundation
U.S. Congresswoman and Ilma Paixo, CEO of Radio Abr, co-sponsored the successful event.
FRAMINGHAM, MA – Congresswoman Katherine Clark is partnering with Project Citizenship and the Massachusetts Office for Refugees and Immigrants to host Citizenship Day in Framingham on Saturday, March 14.
Permanent residents ready to take the next steps in becoming U.S. citizens are invited to join the free workshop where volunteers will be on hand to provide eligibility screening, application assistance, legal referrals and training.
“Only about ten percent of the nation’s 8 million legal permanent residents apply for citizenship each year. Applicants are reluctant to apply because of the time, cost and challenges inherent in the process,” said Veronica Serrato, Executive Director at Project Citizenship.
“The good work and leadership of Project Citizenship’s impacts the lives of families who are on their journey to becoming citizens,” said Congresswoman Katherine Clark. “My hope is that through partnerships like these, our immigrant and refugee communities will see my office as another resource in their journey.”
Eligible participants must be 18 years of age and have achieved legal permanent residency for five years, or three years if they are married to U.S. citizens. Interested applicants should call Project Citizenship at (617) 694-5949 or visit www.projectcitizenship.org
Sponsors for the event include A Braileira, the Brazilian Times, Brazilian Magazine and Encuentro Latino.