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June 2014

Issue No. 39

Volunteer Corner

Volunteer of the Month  
Kathleen Tonkovich has been volunteering with CUNY Citizenship Now! for over a year and has attended over 15 citizenship events. As a volunteer immigration attorney, she has been able to gain more knowledge in her field of immigration law. Click below to read more about Kathleen's reflections on being part of our Volunteer Corps. 

Director's Corner

nullThis month the Director's Corner begins a new phase where Allan recommends recent news articles on multiple topics related to immigration law to keep you up to date with news outside of CUNY Citizenship Now! In this month's column Allan gives his thoughts on two articles about the most talked about topics, Deferred Action (DACA) and immigration reform. Click here to read more.  

What's Happening at
CUNY Citizenship Now

Recent Events:
On May 10th, we held our annual Citywide Application Assistance Event at John Jay College in Manhattan, just one week after the end of our annual Call-in. Our staff and 254 trained volunteers joined to assist 382 green card holders.
The New York Daily News wrote an article about participants Wendy and Nicole Brown, twin sisters who came to the event seeking citizenship assistance. The New Americans Campaign (NAC) and Carnegie Corporation of New York opened a booth in which participants and volunteers could speak about what citizenship meant to them. Many NAC members who are based outside of New York sent representatives to our event to give a hand at the various stations. We hope they had a good time with us. We also counted on the expertise of the staff of our other sponsors. Thanks for your support. Click here to read the full list of sponsors and see photos of the event.

On May 31st  we held an event in the Bronx, sponsored by Assembly Member Victor M. Pichardo. We helped 76 participants, out of which 44 completed their application for naturalization.

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Mark Your Calendars

Saturday July 12th, 2014
Citizenship Now! Application
Assistance Event in Queens



  Bulletin Board

Training Announcement:

Our volunteer training for June filled up
quickly, but please keep your eyes
open for an invitation in your inbox for
our July training and don't wait to


Fun and Stuff

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Poll Question  

At a citizenship event in June 2014 you
assist a participant named Laura. She
describes her situation and you find out
she received her green card on
September 1, 2011 through her marriage
to a U.S. citizen. She had married six months earlier. She is still married to and living
with her husband. She has never traveled outside the United States and has no criminal history.

Q. What steps would you encourage
Laura to take to apply for citizenship?

Click here to answer

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Member Network

Managing Editor

A. Sofia Carreno


Legal Editor
Allan Wernick, Esq.


Gabriel Espinal

This Month's Newsletter and
Member Network Contributors

Tom Shea, Esq.
Tamara Bloom, Esq.
Stina Rosenquist
Vikramjit Gill
David Sturniolo