2013 Mentored Path to Citizenship Grant

OCA-Greater Los Angeles chapter (OCA-GLA) is awarding two $680 naturalization grants to assist two qualified individuals in the L.A. County in applying for U.S. citizenship. This one-time grant will provide financial assistance towards application fee. Recipients will also be given the opportunity to receive assistance from the Asian Pacific American Legal Center (APALC) throughout the naturalization process.

“Applying for citizenship can be a complicated process. APALC is proud to partner in this effort with OCA-GLA, as part of our larger effort to increase opportunities for citizenship for Asian Pacific American immigrants, including workshops, a new instructional video and workbook, and individual assistance,” said APALC executive director Stewart Kwoh.

In 2012, OCA-GLA awarded the grant to two worthy individuals, Danielle and Susan*. Susan, a single parent of three had “put off [her] application for citizenship for several years, mainly because [she] couldn’t find the money for it.” But with the grant and legal help, she was able to complete the application. As Danielle said, “I hope to become someone that makes your organization proud, epitomizing all the values [that] OCA-GLA stand for and by which it has created its high-regarded reputation.” These grants not only provide much needed aid, but also inspire the recipients to pay it forward.   

The written application, which may be found on www.oca-gla.org or by calling the office at 213-250-9888, is due on March 29, 2013. Applicants must show proof of residency in Los Angeles County and demonstrate eligibility to become a U.S. citizen. Candidates will be interviewed in a confidential screening process by OCA-GLA with assistance by APALC.

Founded in 1973, OCA is a national organization dedicated to advancing the social, political and economic well-being of Asian and Pacific Islanders (API) in the United States.  Since its 1991 inception, OCA-GLA has worked with partners like APALC to assist the greater L.A. area in community projects while also fostering a sense of civic duty and awareness.

For further questions, please contact OCA-GLA’s office at (213) 250-9888. Written inquiries may be sent to 1145 Wilshire Blvd., 1st Floor, Los Angeles, CA 90017 and emails may be directed to info@oca-gla.org.

*Name has been changed/withheld for confidentiality and safety.About Asian Pacific American Legal CenterThe Asian Pacific American Legal Center (APALC), a member of the Asian American Center for Advancing Justice, is the nation’s largest Asian American and Pacific Islander (AAPI) legal and civil rights organization and serves more than 15,000 individuals and organizations every year.  Founded in 1983, APALC’s mission is to advocate for civil rights, provide legal services and education, and build coalitions to positively influence and impact Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders and to create a more equitable and harmonious society.  Through direct legal services, impact litigation, policy analysis and advocacy, leadership development and capacity building, APALC seeks to serve the most vulnerable members of the AAPI community while also building a strong AAPI voice for civil rights and social justice.About OCA-GLAFounded in 1973, OCA is a national organization dedicated to advancing the social, political and economic well-being of Asian and Pacific Islanders (API) in the United States.  Since its inception in 1991, the Greater Los Angeles chapter of OCA has worked with partners like APALC to assist Los Angeles residents of all backgrounds through the advancement of civic participation and promotion of civil rights.  www.oca-gla.orgFor further questions, please contact OCA-GLA's office at (213) 250-9888. Written inquiries may be sent to 1145 Wilshire Blvd., 1st Floor, Los Angeles, CA 90017 and emails may be directed to info@oca-gla.org. 

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