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New York City’s immigrant population is at an all-time high, making it arguably the most diverse population in the world. Brooklyn is home to nearly 950,000 foreign-born residents – nearly 40% of the borough’s population. Brooklyn’s increasing diversity reflects the changing face of our country and the strength new immigrants bring to our rich cultural landscape as well as their significant contributions to New York City’s economic strength.

Our local partner, The Brooklyn Community Foundation, sponsors many wonderful organizations offering immigrants a range of services and support through their Immigrant Rights Fund.  You can help these organizations and their clients by:

  • Donating
  • Volunteering
  • Advocating with your elected officials

Audiences of The Jungle are invited to donate to our official charity partner, Help Refugees through The Jungle Fund. Help Refugees are partnering with Good Chance Theatre, the company who created The Jungle and continue to work with refugees across the world, and The Brooklyn Community Foundation, to support refugees still living in Calais, immigrants in Brooklyn and Good Chance Theatre’s work internationally. For more information and to donate click here.


Here are a few local organizations that we encourage you to get to know:

 

 

 

Established in 1978, Center For Family Life  is a neighborhood-based social service organization in Sunset Park, Brooklyn. For 40 years, the Center has grown with the Sunset Park community, responding to emerging needs with effective and innovative programs. Today, our comprehensive services in counseling, employment, education, and youth development engage more than 16,500 individuals in 11,000 families each year at eight community locations. 

Emma’s Torch  is a nonprofit social enterprise that empowers refugees & survivors of human trafficking through the culinary arts. Through tailored culinary training, English classes, and job placement services, we prepare our students for sustainable careers in New York’s finest restaurants — before some of them open their own. Our full-service restaurant in Carroll Gardens doubles as their classroom, and was recently named one of the 100 Greatest Places in the World by TIME Magazine.

Freedom To Thrive works to create a world where safety means investment in people & planet and to end the punishment-based criminal and immigration systems. We are building a powerful Black and Brown network, centering youth, nonbinary, and femme leadership. We engage our network in our Prison Industry Divestment Campaign and the Freedom Cities & Freedom Campus Movement to address criminalization and incarceration.

 

 

The International Refugee Assistance Project (IRAP) is the legal advocacy organization for refugees and displaced people in need of a safe place to call home. We work with our clients to identify and navigate pathways to safety through free direct representation, policy advocacy, and litigation by mobilizing a global network of law students, lawyers, and local resources.

The Legal Aid Society  exists for one simple yet powerful reason: to ensure that no New Yorker is denied their right to equal justice because of poverty. For over 140 years, we have protected, defended, and advocated for those that have struggled in silence for far too long – working on the front-lines and behind-the-scenes to offer our clients the exceptional legal services they deserve. Through our Civil, Criminal Defense, and Juvenile Rights Practices, we offer an unmatched depth and breadth of legal expertise to vulnerable New Yorkers in over 300,000 legal matters each and every year. Every day, in every borough, The Legal Aid Society changes the lives of our clients with the help of our supporters.

Protecting Immigrant Families is a campaign against the proposed new regulations on “public charge,” which will be terribly damaging to low-income immigrants hoping to get permanent residence (green cards).  The comment period regarding the new regulations ends on Dec 10th and we’re hoping for 100,000 comments nationally. For information about how to submit comments in opposition to the regulations, see https://protectingimmigrantfamilies.org/

RIF is the only organization in NYC that serves as an entry point and an asylum navigator for all asylum seekers, regardless of their nationalities, sexual orientation, or political affiliation. Over the past twelve years, we have developed a proven model that builds a community of asylum seekers, volunteers, advocates, and attorneys who unite around the causes of immigrant and refugee rights. We also provide hundreds of new arrivals the services and guidance they need to get back on their feet such as pro bono legal consultations, job search tools, education advice, health insurance, and psychosocial support. Our specific focus on asylum has enabled RIF to gain an unparalleled depth of expertise and network of partners throughout the city with which to serve our clients in an accessible and accurate manner.

 

 

Tanabel is a food and events company that works with refugee women from across the Middle East, preparing and preserving their traditional recipes. Our authentic, generous and delicious meals allow our cooks to share a taste of home with their new community and provide them with meaningful and empowering employment as they rebuild their lives in the U.S. We host pop-up dinners, cater events, teach classes and sell our products at local markets!

To learn about other organizations in our community working to improve the lives of immigrants please visit  Brooklyn Community Foundation’s Immigrant Rights Fund.

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