The Immigrant’s Journal Legal & Educational Fund, Inc. (IJLEF) is a not-for-profit organization, founded in 1998, dedicated to the diverse immigrant groups that constitute the rich fabric of New York. Our purpose is to educate and empower the immigrant communities through the development and coordination of various plans of action on important issues that are crucial to their growth. In summary, our goals are:
- To educate the members of the community about the contributions that immigrants have made to the United States, economically and historically.
- To inform members of the immigrant community about the changes in immigration law, the educational system, health issues, voting rights, financial opportunities and home purchasing.
- To legally assist and direct members of the community facing immigration and other legal problems.
For many years, new immigrants to the United States have been misinformed, embezzled and denied opportunities. This existed as a result of the lack of credible publications and organizations geared toward new immigrants. Hence, The Immigrant’s Journal was launched to fill that void. The Journal provides up-to-date information on laws and regulations affecting the immigrant communities, as well as news and human interest stories. The Journal is published in English, Spanish and French. In March 2005, the first Annual Think Tank Conference: Protecting Immigrants, was held at the Brooklyn Museum, where the Immigrant’s Journal Legal & Educational Fund, Inc. Membership Program was launched. The event was a success and the Membership Program currently boasts over 5,000 members.
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