Archive for November, 2011

Yael Bromberg | Legal Affairs Program Associate

November 16, 2011 - no comments. Posted by in Staff and Beyond.

Yael Bromberg is a Legal Affairs Program Associate with Citizenship-Rutgers, an initiative of the Program on Immigration and Democracy. She is a New Jersey-raised graduate of Rutgers School of Law-Newark and Douglass College. She specializes in public interest law, focusing on impact-litigation, research and advocacy. She was an Ella Baker Fellow with the Center for Constitutional Rights; a Kinoy/Stavis Public Interest Fellow with the Rutgers Constitutional Litigation Clinic; a summer associate with a premier civil rights and employment law firm; and a judicial extern with the Honorable Ronald L. Ellis, U.S.M.J. for the United States District Court in the Southern District of New York. Currently, Bromberg is a judicial law clerk for the Honorable Dickinson Richards Debevoise, U.S.D.J. for the United States District Court in the District of New Jersey. Prior to her clerkship, Bromberg served on the Law and Policy Committee of the NJ DREAM Act Coalition, and in an organizing, policy-development, and legal capacity with various grassroots and electoral efforts locally, statewide, and nationally.

Samridhi Jagga

November 16, 2011 - no comments. Posted by in Staff and Beyond.

Year of Graduation: 2011
College: School of Management and Labor Relations, Rutgers University
Degree: Masters of Labor and Employment Relations
Current Town: Edison, NJ
Hometown: Chandigarh, India

Interests: Immigration, Diversity, Human Resources and Labor Relations, Health Insurance.

Current Title: Compensation Analyst, Port Authority of NY and NJ

Personal Connection to immigration: My whole immediate family doesn’t live in my home country i.e. India anymore. My sister is settled in NJ and is currently a permanent resident. My brother is a New Zealand citizen and lives permanently in NZ with his family. My father passed away in 2009 in India, and my mother has applied for her residency in NZ. My fiancé is currently settled in Jersey City and is on a H1B visa, his company has applied for his residency. I am currently on a student visa looking for sponsorship. Overall I would say I have had a very close connection with immigration since I have actively participated in my immigration process, attended international student immigration discussions, and helped my mom with her immigration process. I have been in the country for almost 3 years now and I won’t lie things were very overwhelming initially. It wasn’t easy acclimatizing to the new environment, culture, people, food, education but now after having fully adjusted, I look back and feel that it wasn’t that bad too. I have been lucky to be surrounded by such good people who not only accommodated me but led me into having better understanding of this new world.

Special Projects with EPID- Joined RIIM during my first year of Masters in Jan 2010 and have been a part of it since then.

  • Background research on target immigrant organizations with special emphasis on the South Asian communities and municipalities.
  • Assisted in surveying and interviewing organizations.
  • Analyzed gathered information and helped in efforts to present it graphically
  • Researched and gathered data for Rutgers Immigrant Infrastructure Map.
  • Gathered data from ICE (Immigration and Customs Enforcement) on deportations within NJ and US.
  • Participated twice in Citizenship Rutgers.
  • Participant in SAALT ( South Asian Americans Leading Together) conference

Ibrahim Bouzine | Intern

November 16, 2011 - no comments. Posted by in Staff and Beyond.

I am a current undergraduate student in the Landscape Architecture Department at Rutgers University in New Brunswick, New Jersey; expected to graduate in may 2012. I am 23 years old and I was born in Morocco’s largest beach tourist hotspot, Agadir City. I now currently reside in Atlantic County, New Jersey, home to Atlantic City, America’s Finest Beach Resort.

Jordan Wiley | Intern

November 16, 2011 - no comments. Posted by in Staff and Beyond.

Jordan Wiley is from Egg Harbor Township New Jersey, 22 years old. Currently finishing her bachelors degree at Rutgers University School of Management and Labor Relations. After graduating in December, she plans to move on to grad-school and pursue a masters by 2013.

Asha Mattai | Intern

November 16, 2011 - no comments. Posted by in Staff and Beyond.

I am a Labor and Employment Relations Major (B.A), with a double minor in South Asian Studies and Women and Gender Studies at Rutgers University. I am interested in working in the non-profit sector after I graduate in May 2012. I am a Reiki practitioner and I enjoy cooking and reading in my spare time. Through learning about workers and their rights in Labor Studies classes, I became interested in immigration issues. The Eagleton Program for Immigration and Democracy does great work, and learning about the immigrant communities in New Jersey has been a great experience for me.


November 6, 2011 - no comments. Posted by in Political Resources.

A website designed to help immigrants navigate the process of naturalization including determining eligibility, understanding what is involved in the naturalization process, and preparing for the various naturalization tests.


CitizenshipWorks Text Messaging Campaign Provides Local Information about Naturalization Assistance

March 7, 2012

CitizenshipWorks, an online resource committed to increasing naturalization rates among eligible immigrants, recently announced the launch of its nationwide text messaging campaign, which sends immigrants information about United States citizenship and helps them to access free or low-cost legal help in their area.

Users can text “citizenship” (“ciudadania” in Spanish) to 877877 and receive the location and contact information of nearby legal services providers as well as information about naturalization and alerts about upcoming naturalization workshops and events in their community. Available in English and Spanish, the campaign addresses the unmet need for information about becoming a U.S. citizen and directs users to local organizations providing naturalization assistance.

For more information, you can download the Press Release here:

Grantmakers Concerned with Immigrants and Refugees

November 6, 2011 - no comments. Posted by in Miscellaneous.

GCIR is a national membership organization for funders seeking to: “Learn about current issues through in-depth analyses, research reports, and online data, tools, and resources tailored specifically for grantmaker; Connect with other funders through programs, briefings, and conferences that examine major immigration trends and how they impact diverse communities; and Collaborate with grantmaking colleagues on strategies that strengthen immigrant-related funding locally and nationally.”


Crossroads of the World in Middlesex County, New Jersey

November 4, 2011 - no comments. Posted by in eBook, Resources.

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Middlesex County has the 3rd highest number of immigrants among New Jersey counties. Like newcomers nationwide, those in central NJ mostly live in the suburbs. About half are Asian. Latinos rank second.

As civically engaged neighbors they drive the economy and enliven the culture.

Maps, tables, charts and analysis convey the breadth, opportunities and challenges that large numbers of newcomers have brought to Middlesex County and to New Jersey generally.

Fill out the form to get instant access to Dr. Mann’s Crossroads of the World: New Americans in Middlesex County, New Jersey.

Policy Analyst/Program Coordinator | International Education

November 4, 2011 - no comments. Posted by in Request For Proposal.

National Center on Immigrant Integration Policy

Washington, D.C.

The Migration Policy Institute (MPI), a nonpartisan, nonprofit think tank dedicated to the study of national and international migration policies, seeks a dynamic and experienced individual to work in the Institute’s National Center on Immigrant Integration Policy (NCIIP).

The position’s primary functions are:

  1. To assist in coordinating a comparative international project focused on key issues in the area of teacher quality, exploring policies and practices in areas such as pre-service training, licensing, and professional development and their impact on educational outcomes for children from immigrant families; and
  2. To provide research and program coordination support to other NCIIP education-related projects, involving topics in US early childhood, elementary and secondary education as well as issues pertaining to the recognition of foreign education and skill credentials and transnational alignment of education and skill credentials.


  • Master’s degree with 5 or more years experience or professional degree with 3 or more years experience
  • Demonstrated knowledge of education policy and practice issues relevant to the success of children from immigrant families, particularly children who are second-language learners
  • Proven research, organization, and project management skills
  • Ability to edit and write lucidly
  • Ability to work independently, prioritize, and handle multiple assignments and projects
  • Demonstrated professionalism and judgment
  • Excellent and mature team player/builder
  • Comfort with public speaking


  • Knowledge of education policy and practice issues in European states and/or of teacher-quality policies and practices in particular
  • Prior analytical policy work and/or quantitative research in relevant NGO, law, and/or government sectors
  • Experience in program management including staff supervision and budget management
  • Relevant publications record
  • Fluency in Spanish and/or other languages in addition to English

Duties and Responsibilities

  • Participate in design and management of research efforts related to the education of children from immigrant families and credential recognition issues facing foreign-educated adults
  • Research and write background papers, memoranda, reports, articles, etc. working in collaboration with other in-house staff and analysts outside MPI
  • Conduct qualitative and/or quantitative analyses for multiple audiences, including policymakers, government agency managers, community stakeholders, and others
  • Interact with outside scholars, policymakers, and other stakeholders to coordinate program events and activities
  • Ensure timeliness and accuracy in the completion of project activities
  • Work collaboratively with other NCIIP staff to secure funding for projects, including writing proposals and grant reports

To Apply

Interested candidates should send a cover letter, resume, short writing sample, and salary history to Please reference “International Education PA/PC – NCIIP” in the subject line and include a line telling us how you heard about this position.

Hard copies may be sent to:

Human Resources
Migration Policy Institute
1400 16th St NW Ste 300
Washington, DC 20036

Due to the large number of applicants, only those being considered for the position will be contacted. No phone calls, please.

The Migration Policy Institute is an Equal Opportunity Employer and does not discriminate on the basis of race, gender, ethnicity, sexual or gender orientation, religion, or physical ability.

Visit MPI’s U.S. Immigrant Integration Network at:

Dr. Anastasia Mann | Director

November 3, 2011 - no comments. Posted by in Staff.

Dr. Anastasia Mann

Mann is Assistant Research Professor and Director of the Program on Immigration and Democracy at the Eagleton Institute of Politics at Rutgers University.She earned her Ph.D. from Northwestern University in 20th-century U.S. history with a focus on social welfare policy. Before coming to Eagleton, Mann held the position of policy analyst at New Jersey Policy Perspective, the New Jersey affiliate of the D.C.-based Center on Budget and Policy Priorities where she worked extensively on ensuring access to higher education. Her 2009 report, Garden State Dreams built a case for offering in-state tuition to undocumented immigrant students in New Jersey.

At the Program on Immigration and Democracy, Mann directs Rutgers Immigrant Infrastructure Map (RIIM), a statewide survey of community-based organizations, an initiative supported by the Academic Excellence Award from Rutgers, The Fund for New Jersey, and the Carnegie Corporation of New York. In 2011, working with colleagues across three campuses and at the City University of New York, Mann spearheaded Citizenship Rutgers, a project that leverages the resources of the state’s flagship university to offer citizenship application assistance to the Rutgers community and the general public.

Mann has presented her research at Leadership New Jersey, The United Way, Princeton University, Rutgers University, the American Jewish Committee, the NJ Immigration Policy Network, the Association of Lifelong Learners, the YWCA, the New Jersey State Legislature and the National Conference on Immigrant Integration. Named to the first-ever New Jersey Commission on New Americans in 2010, Mann chairs the Human Services Commission in Princeton.