Since launching in 2014, Project Citizenship has specialized in helping permanent residents in Massachusetts and beyond overcome barriers to U.S. citizenship. Each year, thousands of Massachusetts residents eligible to become citizens never apply. The need for free, professional legal services to guide people through the citizenship process is evident and the demand has grown significantly, especially since 2016.
Project Citizenship staff attorneys, Department of Justice (DOJ) accredited staff, and AmeriCorps fellows along with Pro bono attorneys from elite Boston law firms have represented thousands of clients from over 150 countries since 2014. Before accessing our services, many of our clients believed citizenship was unattainable due to challenges like the English and Civics test, costly processing fees, or a medical disability. After visiting Project Citizenship at our office in Boston, one of our regular workshops in the greater Boston area, or at popular events like Citizenship Day, our clients quickly learn that citizenship and its benefits were within reach.
Though Project Citizenship was officially launched in 2014, its roots date back to 2011. Initially established as the Greater Boston Citizenship Initiative, the organization was a collaboration of six community partners offering comprehensive social services for immigrants including citizenship services, and came together with the support of the Fish Family Foundation. The initiative focused on how to best increase naturalization rates throughout the state. Between 2011 and 2014, it grew both in its number of partners and geographic scope.
A strategic planning process in 2014 paved the way for a nonprofit organization focused solely on citizenship services that could also guide these organizations to offer citizenship services with best practices. Through its evolving community partnerships, Project Citizenship gained deep insights into the wider net of existing citizenship services throughout Massachusetts. A full list of our 2019 partners can be found here.
As Project Citizenship focuses 100% of its attention and resources on the urgent need of helping eligible permanent residents become U.S. citizens, it will continue to offer its expertise and support to community partners. Project Citizenship’s dedicated full-time staff, pro bono legal partners and expansive volunteer force of nearly 1,000 trained volunteers have made it possible to help nearly 6,000 immigrants apply for U.S. citizenship with a 95% success rate.
2017 Nonprofit Partner Award from Cambodian Mutual Assistance Association
2015 Massachusetts Service and Volunteerism Award for Outstanding Corporate-Nonprofit Partnership with Goodwin Procter
2015 Recognition Award from Agencia ALPHA
Project Citizenship is a Department of Justice recognized nonprofit organization.