Catholic Charities: Unaccompanied Children Service Providers Workshop, Wednesday, Sept. 2nd

Dear Community Partners,

Catholic Charities is pleased to host an Unaccompanied Children Service Providers Workshop on Wednesday, September 2nd, 2015, from 1-4:30pm. Over the last year, as most of you are well aware, conversations have taken place across the city in multiple forums with over 100 known stakeholders to find ways to meet the needs of the Central American immigrant children who have crossed the border unaccompanied by family or an adult caregiver. We are inspired by these conversations and the commitment to collaboration already in progress. As such, this will be an opportunity to build an inclusive framework for defining our goals as a community and engaging in concrete problem-solving to strengthen all of our work with these children and families moving forward.

The workshop will be held at San Martin Hall (behind the offices for Catholic Charities Immigration and Refugee Services Office) at 2505 Maine Avenue, Metairie, LA 70003.

The specific goals of the workshop are:

1. Inclusion – To bring everyone to the table for a conversation with all relevant stakeholders across sectors/social service areas, where everyone’s voice can be heard;

2. Resource Mapping – To verify and finalize the work that many have started to consolidate an updated resource list of social service providers working with unaccompanied children (organized by sector, and complete with information on eligibility requirements, language capacity, and cost of services, etc);
3. Coordination & Action – To choose as a community our top priorities to meet the needs of unaccompanied children, and set up a framework for ongoing collaboration and accountability for our goals.
We value your time, and know that there have been a lot of meetings about this topic. The workshop will be very hands-on, with breakout sessions, and practical exercises to move us forward with our action plan.

We are welcoming stakeholders in the following sectors to register for the Workshop:
· Mental Health & Psychosocial support (counseling, peer/family/community support, substance abuse, DV etc.)

· Health, Special needs, & Disabilities

· Education & After school programming, youth empowerment & mentorship

· Law enforcement/Security, (DV, disciplinary issues, criminal/delinquency issues, relationship with law enforcement/government)

· Access to social/public services (public assistance, transit, food banks, community integration, housing/shelter, etc.)

· Community organizing & education

· Advocacy & Legal support (non-immigration)—to join each table (i.e. legal education, school disciplinary hearings, impact litigation, immigrant rights, etc.)

For your reference, please see attached list of invitees. If you have additional suggestions, please contact Nellie Catzen at Please note that in an effort to avoid duplication of the work already being done by the Louisiana Working Group on Pro Bono Immigration Representation, this workshop will include lawyers and legal advocates who may provide litigation support and legal counsel/advocacy in a non-immigration related context.

Since we are expecting a high turnout for the event, please register online as soon as possible. To register, click here, or copy-paste this link into your browser:

The online registration will ask you for some simple information about your services so that we can start the mapping work together in advance and hit the ground running. To save you all time and avoid duplication, we’re asking that you submit only one registration form per organization, including all of the essential stakeholders from your organization who will attend. If your organization cannot attend, but would like to provide information on your organization for the resource mapping, please email to request an alternate google form link.

To ensure that the workshop is both efficient and productive, registrants will receive additional information and opportunities to contribute to workshop content several weeks prior to the workshop.

Thank you all for the incredible work you do every day to serve the community and the unaccompanied children. We hope to see you at the workshop on September 2nd.

Please do not hesitate to contact me with any questions, concerns, ideas, or comments you may have!


Penelope (Nellie) Catzen
Special Projects Coordinator
Catholic Charities Archdiocese of New Orleans
1000 Howard Ave, Suite 200
New Orleans, LA 70113
c: (504) 756-2812
o: (504) 310-6921

USCIS Invitation: Post-Injunction Three-Year DACA Employment Authorization Documents, 7/22/2015

Dear Stakeholder,

U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) invites you to participate in a stakeholder teleconference on Wednesday, July 22, 2015 from 2 to 3 p.m. (Eastern). USCIS officials will discuss USCIS’ efforts to secure the return of certain three-year employment authorization documents (EADs) that were issued or re-mailed to Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) recipients AFTER a February 16, 2015 court order in Texas v. United States, No. B-14-254 (S.D. Tex.).

To join the teleconference:

On the day of the engagement, please use the information below to join the session. We recommend calling in 10 to 15 minutes before the teleconference begins.

Call-in Number: 1-888-810-3140
Passcode: 2582230

Note to Media: This engagement is not for press purposes. Please contact the USCIS Press Office at (202) 272-1200 for any media inquiries. For questions about the engagement or other stakeholder matters, please email

We look forward to engaging with you!

USCIS invitation – DACA EAD engagement (7-22-15).pdf

2015 Bryan Bell Metropolitan Leadership Forum: Nomination Deadline, Friday, July 24th


Friday is the deadline for nominations for the 2015 Bryan Bell Metropolitan Leadership Forum, and as a valued CBNO partner, we would very much welcome you to send us a great candidate or two. Click on nomination form; you can simply pass it along to anyone you think would make a good participant and have them complete it. It’s shaping up to be another great class this year, and we would love to include your best and brightest!


Keith G.C. Twitchell, President
Committee for a Better New Orleans
(504) 430-2258

CBNO works to create equity and opportunity for all New Orleanians by developing community leaders, fostering civic engagement, and advocating for open, effective, accountable government.

On-line contributions to our work may be made at; use the email address Your support is greatly appreciated.

USCIS Invitation: EB-5 Immigrant Investor Program: Stakeholder Engagement, 08/13/2015

Dear Stakeholder,

U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) invites you to participate in a stakeholder engagement from Los Angeles on Thursday, Aug. 13, from 2 to 3:30 p.m. (Eastern) / 11 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. (Pacific) to discuss the Immigrant Investor Program. This engagement is part of our ongoing efforts to enhance dialogue with our stakeholders in the program, also known as EB-5.

During the first part of this engagement, USCIS officials will provide EB-5 program updates. The second part will be a question-and-answer session. We invite you to ask non-case specific questions or provide feedback on the EB-5 program.

Participation Details:
You may attend this engagement either in person at the USCIS District Office, in Los Angeles, CA, or by teleconference.

To register, please select the appropriate link to provide your full name and the name of your organization by following the steps below:
· Visit our registration page to confirm your participation
· Enter your email address and select “Submit”
· Select “Subscriber Preferences”
· Select the “Event Registration” tab
· Complete the questions and select “Submit”
If you wish to attend in person, please indicate so by clicking on your subscriber preferences and selecting your method of attendance. Please note that seating is limited, so please register early.

Once we process your registration, you will receive a confirmation email with additional details.

To submit non-case specific questions before the engagement:

· Email us at Please submit all questions by Friday, July 22, at 5 p.m. (Eastern).
If you have any questions regarding the registration process, or if you have not received a confirmation email within two business days, please email us at

Note to Media: This engagement is not for press purposes. Please contact the USCIS Press Office at (202) 272-1200 for any media inquiries.

We look forward to engaging with you!

EB-5 Immigrant Investor Program-Stakeholder Engagement, 08.13.2015.pdf

Geographic Health Equity Symposium

Register today!

Geographic Health Equity Symposium

The 2 nd Annual Geographic Health Equity Symposium will spotlight historical information and new trends related to place-based health equity measures to reduce tobacco use, increase cancer screening opportunities and highlight case studies that address health equity.

· Optimal Health for Cancer Survivors: The Who, What, When, Where, Why and How presented by Kathryn E. Weaver, PhD, MPH, Assistant Professor of Public Sciences at Wake Forest School of Medicine
· Drafting Effective Tobacco-Free Policies in Southern States & Rural Areas presented by Mike Freiberg, JD, Staff Attorney at Tobacco Control Legal Consortium
· Tobacco-Related Disparities at Point of Sale and Promising Policy Solutions presented by Kurt M. Ribisl, PhD, Professor of Health Behavior at the UNC Gillings School of Global Public Health and the Program Leader for Cancer Prevention and Control and the UNC Lineberger Comprehensive Cancer Center
· Implementing a Coalition Model to Support Environmental Change presented by Dave Shavel, MBA, CADCA Consultant and Carla Strom, MLA, Health Equity Program Manager, Comprehensive Cancer Center, Wake Forest Baptist Medical Center
· GIS Mapping Training presented by Christopher Fulcher, PhD, Co-Director of Center for Applied Research and Environmental Systems (CARES)

Our keynote speaker, Dr. Kurt M. Ribisl, is professor in the Department of Health Behavior at the UNC Gillings School of Global Public Health at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. He is the Program Leader for Cancer Prevention and Control at UNC’s Lineberger Comprehensive Cancer Center. Dr. Ribisl’s primary research interest is evaluating and improving the reach of population-level efforts to reduce tobacco use, with a particular emphasis on policy and information technology. He specializes in studying policy issues related to the sales and marketing of tobacco products at the point of sale and on the Internet. He has researched tobacco product marketing, pricing, promotions, and youth access, as well as use of geographic information systems (GIS) in tobacco control. He received his doctorate in community psychology from Michigan State University and completed a postdoctoral fellowship in cardiovascular disease prevention and epidemiology at the Stanford Prevention Research Center, Stanford University School of Medicine.

Location: Tulane University, School of Public Health and Tropical Medicine, New Orleans, Louisiana
No cost to attend, preregistration required

Strive NOLA Job Readiness Training Program

City of New Orleans Neighborhood Engagement Office

Do you know someone who is unemployed? An ex-offender? Or just looking for a better job?

STRIVE NOLA is offering a FREE 4-week job readiness training program. The training stresses accountability, responsibility and personal growth. Upon completion, participants will have the opportunity to enroll in sector-specific, technical, hard-skills training for upcoming large infrastructure projects. The training will prepare individuals for the following sectors: Laborer, Electrical, Mechanical and Welding.

STRIVE is an internationally-renowned program with staff that will assist participants in finding exciting, well-paying employment and in developing a career plan.

The ideal participants will be:
Over 18, Men or Women
Able to pass a drug test to enter the program. (NOTE: Must pass to enter the program)
Be competent in reading and math 6TH grade TABE level.
Unemployed or underemployed
Enrollment: Monday, July 6th to Thursday, July 16th at Orleans Tower, 1340 Poydras St. Ste. 1800 70112 from 9:00 am to 12:00 pm and 1:00 pm to 4:00 pm

4-Week CORE Training: Friday, July 17th to Friday, August 14th

Contact: 504-658-4201

USCIS Message: Form I-90, Application to Replace Permanent Resident Card, Reminder

Dear Stakeholder,

We would like to remind you that previous editions of Form I-90, Application to Replace Permanent Resident Card are no longer accepted. USCIS will only accept the editions dated 12/29/2014 and 6/30/2015. The edition date can be found in the lower left corner on the Form and Instructions.

Please be sure to visit to ensure that the form you are submitting is the most current edition available.