Waukegan Public Library Partners with USCIS to Host Immigration Training for Lake County Librarians

In an effort to better serve the growing immigrant communities in the Chicago suburbs, Uniting America and the Illinois Coalition for Immigrant and Refugee Rights (ICIRR) is working together with US Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) to train all librarians and library staff in Lake County on immigration issues.  The training will take place at the award-winning Waukegan Public Library. 

This training will educate on citizenship, naturalization, fraud prevention, available resources, and so much more.  This event is part of a statewide effort by USCIS to provide more resources and services to the immigrant community.  Nearly three out of every five Illinois immigrants now live in suburban Chicago, and in Waukegan alone there are roughly 27,000 immigrants.  Other suburbs such as Vernon Hills and Lincolnshire have seen a significant increase in Asian immigrants in the past 10 years.  Libraries are an integral part of any community; therefore, it is paramount that library staff is informed and well prepared to handle questions and concerns raised by their immigrant patrons.         

WHO: HACES staff, Mano a Mano staff, Father Gary Graf Center staff, librarians and library staff from Lake County, USCIS staff, ICIRR staff

WHEN: Thursday, September 19th, 2013, 9:00 AM-1:00 PM

WHERE: 128 N. County St. Waukegan, IL 60085

VISUALS:  PowerPoint presentations, ICIRR signage

For more information, contact:
Rachel Cope, 847.732.3173 (mobile) or rcope [at] icirr [dot] org