REAL ID Act

In 2005, Congress passed the REAL ID Act in accordance with the 9/11 Commission’s recommendation that the Federal Government “set standards for the issuance of sources of identification, such as driver’s licenses.”

On January 8, 2016, the Secretary of Homeland Security announced the schedule for the final phase of implementation of the REAL ID Act. The Secretary’s statement set the final deadlines for the Phased Enforcement Schedule for REAL ID originally announced on December 20, 2013.

Beginning January 22, 2018, TSA security checkpoints at airports will no longer accept driver’s licenses and identification cards issued by REAL ID non-compliant jurisdictions that have not been granted DHS extensions to the compliance deadline. DHS websites and TSA checkpoints will prominently post up-to-date lists of states whose credentials may not be accepted.

Please note that REAL ID enforcement by TSA will only affect designated state-issued credentials and will not affect TSA acceptance of other identity documents such as passports, military IDs, and Trusted Traveler cards.

Beginning October 1, 2020, TSA will no longer accept any state-issued driver’s licenses and identification cards that are not REAL ID compliant. As before, individuals may still use alternative identity documents accepted by TSA.

The DHS and TSA websites contain additional information about the Department’s implementation of REAL ID, including the list of documents TSA accepts at airport checkpoints and up-to-date compliance status for each state. For guidance and recommendations, see the REAL ID factsheet.

If you need further information, please do not hesitate to contact the TSA Contact Center: 1-866-289-9673. We appreciate your assistance in helping us share this information widely.

Thank you.

U.S. Department of Homeland Security Office for Civil Rights and Civil Liberties Community Engagement: Webinars July 20th and 25th

Dear Community Partners,

The U.S. Department of Homeland Security Office for Civil Rights and Civil Liberties Community Engagement section would like to share the following invitation with you:

The Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) invites you to an upcoming webinar on the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) FY 2016 Countering Violent Extremism (CVE) Grant Program.

Last year, Secretary Johnson and the DHS Office for Community Partnerships identified the need to make direct awards to non-governmental organizations for community-based countering violent extremism programs. Congress has also been supportive of this effort by appropriating $10 million specifically to support local CVE efforts.

On July 6, 2016, DHS announced the FY 2016 CVE Grant Program. For the first time, non-governmental organizations will be eligible for DHS funding to promote community resilience against the threat of violent extremism.

A series of webinars have been scheduled to assist non-governmental organizations and institutions of higher education to understand the grant program’s goals, core elements, review process, and timeline and have an opportunity to ask questions about the information presented. For your convenience, we are offering the same webinar on two different dates.

The FY 2016 CVE Grant Program is funded by DHS and administered by FEMA.

WHAT: Webinar on the DHS FY 2016 CVE Grant Program

WHO: The DHS Office for Community Partnerships and FEMA Grant Program
Directorate

WHEN: Wed., July 20, 2016 – 2 to 3 p.m. (EST)
Mon., July 25, 2015 – 2 to 3 p.m. (EST)

WHERE: Via Adobe Connect

Web Link for July 20 webinar: https://icpd.adobeconnect.com/grantsiga1/event/registration.html
The link will prompt you to register. Register by completing the following fields and clicking “submit.”

· Email Address
· First Name
· Last Name
· Password

Web Link for July 25 webinar: https://icpd.adobeconnect.com/grantsiga21/event/registration.html
The link will prompt you to register. Register by completing the following fields and clicking “submit”

· Email Address
· First Name
· Last Name
· Password

(It is highly recommended that you turn up the volume on your computer speakers to listen through your computer. Also be sure to test your Adobe Connect prior to the webinar by clicking here.)

Via Phone – 800-320-4330, pin: 265976# (both webinars)
(If you choose to call in, please know that you’ll hear audio only and will have no visibility to the Adobe Connect slide deck presentation.)

For more information on the CVE Grant Program go to: https://www.dhs.gov/cvegrants.

If you have any questions, please contact FEMA’s Intergovernmental Affairs Division at (202) 646-3444 or at FEMA-IGA@fema.dhs.gov.

Tulane PRC: Community Leadership Health Training Institute

Good afternoon,

Tulane PRC will be hosting a Community Health Leadership Training Institute later this month. The institute will be open to community members without any formal health training and will be free of charge. Participants will learn about health disparities in our community and develop skills needed to advocate for change. Please promote this opportunity within your networks.

Residents interested in the training institute should fill out an application. The institute will hold sessions on the following dates Saturdays: July 30, Aug. 6, 13, 27, Sept. 10, 17.

See flyer attached.
http://prc.tulane.edu/events/

Thanks!

Jodi Dyer, LMSW
Community Health Improvement Program Lead
New Orleans Health Department
504.658.2563 (o) | 504.358.7734 (c)
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Mayor Landrieu and Councilmember Brossett to Hold District D Community Meeting, July 13th

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
July 12, 2016

Contact: Hayne Rainey
For Media Inquiries Only
communications@nola.gov
(504) 658-4945
Mayor Landrieu and Councilmember Brossett to Hold District D Community Meeting

NEW ORLEANS– On Wednesday, July 13, 2016, Mayor Mitch Landrieu and Councilmember Jared C. Brossett will host a community meeting in City Council District D to discuss budget priorities as the City begins its 2017 budgeting for outcomes process. Other City officials attending include deputy mayors, New Orleans Police Department (NOPD) Superintendent Michael Harrison, New Orleans Fire Department (NOFD) Superintendent Tim McConnell, as well as other department and agency leaders.

The goal of the budgeting for outcomes process is to produce a more resident-driven budget and ensure process improvement and accountability of our government performance. This national best practice is designed to enhance services and get a better return on investment of public dollars by encouraging City agencies to invest public resources based on the results residents and City leaders want to achieve. While traditional budgeting systems are hinged on incremental changes to the previous year’s level of effort, budgeting for outcomes ensures that all City budgets are funded based on how well they achieve residents’ priorities.

Before each district meeting, City officials will also host a resource center from 5:30 – 6:00 p.m. where residents may visit one-on-one with representatives from several City departments and agencies to address specific complaints and concerns. All community meetings will begin promptly at 6:00 p.m. Spanish translation will be available at the District D meeting. Residents who cannot attend community meetings are invited to share their comments and input by sending e-mail to mayor@nola.gov.

WHO: Mayor Mitch Landrieu
District D Councilmember Jared C. Brossett
City Officials

WHEN: Wednesday, July 13, 2016

WHAT: Resource Fair 5:30 p.m. in Foyer
Community Meeting 6 p.m. – 8 p.m.

WHERE: Corpus Christi Epiphany Church Community Resource Center
2022 St. Bernard Ave.
New Orleans, LA 70116

St. Claude Campaign: RTA Bus Routes

We got some good news last week! The RTA announced bus routes along St. Claude will continue to Canal even AFTER the new streetcar begins operations-AND–hold on! –the MLK & Freret buses will be re-routed to Canal too! This represents a BIG victory for the Coalition for Quality Transit!

With this positive momentum, we’re continuing our St. Claude campaign and looking towards the long-term future for quality transit in this important corridor! And we’d love for you to be a part of it!

I have three important asks for you:

  • Can you come to the RTA public hearing 6PM on JULY 19th to support these positive changes? These proposals ARE NOT FINAL and your voice can make sure they happen.
  • Will you help us continue gathering petition signatures along St. Claude? We’re continuing our rider outreach to get more input about what riders would like to see in the future on St. Claude. We have both AM & PM VOLUNTEER shifts available. Come on out, canvass, & have some fun! Email or call me if you’d like to volunteer.
  • Will you attend a community forum to discuss the future of bus and streetcar service along St. Claude? RIDE will be hosting this forum during the first week of August–Date and time TBD. I’ll let you know once the details are finalized
    The next Coalition for Quality Transit meeting is this Saturday, July 16th at 10AM @ 300 N. Broad, 2nd floor conference room (upstairs above the Whole Foods).
    Please let me know you can make it & RSVP at matt@rideneworlreans.org or 504-249-8419–as always, light refreshments will be provided.

Lots to discuss, celebrate, and looking forward to catching up with you this Saturday!

Take care,
Matt
Matthew Hendrickson
Advocacy Program Coordinator
Ride New Orleans

Temporary Protected Status (TPS) for eligible nationals of El Salvador

WASHINGTON—Secretary of Homeland Security Jeh Johnson has extended Temporary Protected Status (TPS) for eligible nationals of El Salvador (and those without nationality who last habitually resided in El Salvador) for an additional 18 months, effective Sept. 10, 2016, through March 9, 2018.
Current TPS El Salvador beneficiaries who want to extend their TPS must re-register during the 60-day re-registration period that runs from July 8, 2016, through Sept. 6, 2016. U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) encourages beneficiaries to re-register as soon as possible once the 60-day re-registration period begins.
Employment Authorization:
The 18-month extension allows TPS re-registrants to apply for a new Employment Authorization Document (EAD). Those who re-register during the 60-day period and request a new EAD will receive one with an expiration date of March 9, 2018.
USCIS recognizes that some re-registrants may not receive their new EAD until after their current work permits expire. Therefore, we are automatically extending current TPS El Salvador EADs with a Sept. 9, 2016 expiration date for six months. These existing EADs are now valid through March 9, 2017.

Re-registering for TPS:
To re-register, current TPS beneficiaries must submit:

Additional information about TPS, including guidance on eligibility, the application process and where to file, is available at uscis.gov. The Federal Register notice published today contains further details about this TPS extension for El Salvador.

USCIS will reject the application of any applicant who fails to submit the required filing fee or a properly documented fee-waiver request. Applicants may request that USCIS waive any fees based on an inability to pay by filing Form I-912, Request for Fee Waiver, or by submitting a written request. Fee-waiver requests must be accompanied by supporting documentation.

All USCIS forms are available for free. Download forms or order them by mail through the USCIS website at uscis.gov/forms or by calling USCIS Forms Request Line toll-free at 1-800-870-3676.

Applicants can check their case status at My Case Status Online or by calling the USCIS National Customer Service Center at 1-800-375-5283 (TDD for the deaf and hard of hearing: 1-800-767-1833).

For more information about USCIS and its programs, please visit uscis.gov or follow us on Twitter (@uscis), YouTube (/uscis) and the USCIS blog The Beacon.

Community Engagement Section
Office for Civil Rights and Civil Liberties (CRCL)
Office of the Secretary
US Department of Homeland Security (DHS)
CommunityEngagement@hq.dhs.gov (Email)
http://www.dhs.gov/crcl

DHS FY 2016 CVE Grant Program

Dear Community Partners,

Last year, Secretary Johnson and the DHS Office for Community Partnerships identified the need to make direct awards to non-governmental organizations for community-based countering violent extremism (CVE) programs. Congress has also been supportive of this effort by appropriating $10 million specifically to support local CVE efforts.

Today, DHS announced the FY 2016 CVE grant program. For the first time, non-governmental organizations will be eligible for DHS funding to promote community resilience against the threat of violent extremism.

The DHS Office for Community Partnerships is working closely with the Federal Emergency Management Agency to ensure funding is awarded to community-based programs that draw from a range of local partners—for example, educators, social service and mental health providers, faith leaders and public safety officials.

The notice of funding opportunity and application process is now open. For more information on how to apply please go here: www.dhs.gov/cvegrants.

For programmatic questions about the funding opportunity please reach out to: CommunityPartnerships@hq.dhs.gov.

Thank you.

THE DEPARTMENT OF HOMELAND SECURITY ANNOUNCES THE COUNTERING VIOLENT EXTREMISM GRANT PROGRAM

WASHINGTON—On Wednesday, July 6, 2016, Secretary of Homeland Security Jeh Johnson announced the Fiscal Year (FY) 2016 Countering Violent Extremism (CVE) Grant Program, with $10 million in available funds. This is the first federal assistance program devoted exclusively to providing local communities with the resources to counter violent extremism in the homeland.

“As I have said before, given the nature of the evolving terrorist threat, building bridges to local communities is as important as any of our other homeland security missions,” said Secretary Johnson. “This new grant program is an important step forward in these efforts and reflects the Department’s continued commitment to protect the homeland and uphold our values.”

In addition to state, local and tribal governments, non-profit organizations and institutions of higher education are eligible to apply. These grants will help scale community-led initiatives across the country to address the evolving terrorist threat, including international and domestic terrorism. Specifically, funding will support training, community engagements, and activities that challenge violent extremist narratives used to recruit and radicalize individuals to violence.

The Department’s efforts to partner with local communities are a central part of its CVE mission. These grants will empower local communities to provide resources to friends, families and peers who may know someone on the path toward violent extremism, encouraging community-based solutions to deter an individual well before criminal or terrorist action, which would require the attention of law enforcement.

This grant program was developed by the DHS Office for Community Partnerships in conjunction with the Federal Emergency Management Agency. The Office for Community Partnerships builds relationships with local communities and leads the Department’s CVE mission, focusing efforts to find innovative ways to discourage violent extremism and undercut terrorist narratives.

For more information on the FY16 CVE Grant Program, visit www.dhs.gov and www.grants.gov.

Community Engagement Section
Office for Civil Rights and Civil Liberties (CRCL)
Office of the Secretary
US Department of Homeland Security (DHS)
CommunityEngagement@hq.dhs.gov (Email)
http://www.dhs.gov/crcl