IMMIGRATION FORUM AT SUNSET PARK, BROOKLYN
On June 10th, OCA-NY hosted a timely and important immigration forum at the Chinese Promise Baptist Church in Sunset Park, Brooklyn. Chaired by OCA-NY board member Winnie Hu, the immigration forum focused on the pathways to legal permanent residence and citizenship, immigration fraud, the impact of a criminal history on one's immigration status, immigrant rights and responsibilities, and where to find free and legitimate legal resources. Moderated by former OCA-NY President and current OCA-NY member Liz Ouyang, Esq., the forum featured Eve Guillergan, OCA-NY member and immigration attorney, Jose Interiano from the Brooklyn District Attorney's office, Tiffany Wheatland-Disu from the New York Immigration Coalition (NYIC) and TJ Mills, regional immigration attorney for Justice for Our Neighbors.
The immigration forum was well-attended by members of the Chinese immigrant community of Sunset Park, Brooklyn, church members and supporters. With the support of Pastor Samuel Wong, church volunteers and OCA-NY board members and volunteers, the forum went smoothly and was simultaneously translated into Mandarin by our recently hired Program Manager Eddie Lau (you can find out more about him below).
The forum also had the support of community organizations and civic leaders. It was co-sponsored by: the Brooklyn Community Foundation, UA3, NYIC, Asian Americans for Equality, Chinese-American Planning Council, United East Athletics Association, AABANY, Justice for Our Neighbors, KALAGNY, Chinese-American Sunshine House, MinKwon Center for Community Action and Light and Love Home. The offices of Assembly Assistant Speaker Felix W. Ortiz and District Attorney of Kings County were also supporters. Council member Carlos Menchaca came by to express his support for the forum.