Katz releases updated informational resource for borough’s immigrant communities

Queens Borough President Melinda Katz releases an updated edition of the Queens Directory of Immigrant Services.
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By Bill Parry

Borough President Melinda Katz announced the release of the latest edition of the Queens Directory of Immigrant Services last Friday.

The user-friendly informational resource was prepared by the Borough President’s Immigration Task Force and her Office of Immigrant and Intercultural Affairs.

The 2018-2019 edition contains listings for nearly 100 nonprofit organizations and agencies that provide assistance to immigrants living in Queens. It features listings for organizations represented on the Borough President’s Immigration Task Force, which is comprised of representatives from social service providers and government agencies committed to serving immigrants in Queens and New York City.

“We are a nation of immigrants, and Queens is about all of our families’ futures,” Katz said. “Immigrants make up nearly half of our borough’s 2.3 million residents and contribute tremendously to the economic, social, cultural and civic life of our borough. The release of the latest edition of the Queens Directory of Immigrant Services affirms our commitment to doing everything possible to help all residents create a better life for themselves and their families.”

The intended audience includes people and organizations that work with immigrants such as schools, health care facilities, community boards, library branches, and other community-based organizations, as well as individual residents. The directory provides contact information for organizations and agencies, along with the types of programs and services offered, its fee structure and a list of languages spoken by its staff.

The organizations and agencies listed offer a wide variety of programs and services, including ESL and civics classes, citizenship assistance and legal advice, public benefits and health insurance access, employment training and job placement, youth activities and senior services, and immigrant rights and civic engagement projects.

“The members of my Immigration Task Force, who advocate tirelessly on behalf of tens of thousands of immigrants each year, deserve to be commended for their contributions to this Queens Directory of Immigration Services,” Katz said, “Thanks to their efforts, the directory contains a wealth of information that will help our neighbors thrive here in ‘The World’s Borough.’”

The Queens Directory of Immigrant Services is available online at www.queensbp.org. Printed copies may be obtained by calling Katz’s office at (718) 286-3000.

Reach reporter Bill Parry by e-mail at bparry@cnglocal.com or by phone at (718) 260–4538.

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