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A recent briefing by the Ethnic Media Services and the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) revealed significant steps in the ...
12/05/2023

A recent briefing by the Ethnic Media Services and the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) revealed significant steps in the FTC’s fraud combat strategies, primarily focusing on overcoming language barriers. Monica Vaca, Deputy Director of the Bureau of Consumer Protection, and Larissa Bungo, Senior Attorney of the Division of Consumer and Business Education, presented these crucial initiatives.

New Initiatives Expand Language Accessibility, Addressing a 30% Surge in Consumer Fraud Losses and Empowering Diverse Communities to Recognize and Report Scams By JR Holguin BROOKLYN, NY — A recent briefing by the Ethnic Media Services and the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) revealed significant st...

(Brooklyn, NY)— The Brooklyn Children’s Museum today announced the appointment of Atiba T. Edwards as its President and ...
12/05/2023

(Brooklyn, NY)— The Brooklyn Children’s Museum today announced the appointment of Atiba T. Edwards as its President and Chief Executive Officer (CEO) after he served as the Acting President and CEO since mid-August following the departure of Stephanie Hill Wilchfort.

Photo courtesy: Brooklyn Children's Museum Edwards Formerly Served as BCM’s Chief Operating Officer Before Becoming its 12th President (Brooklyn, NY)— The Brooklyn Children’s Museum today announced the appointment of Atiba T. Edwards as its President and Chief Executive Officer (CEO) after he ...

We hope you enjoy the latest edition of The Immigrant’s Journal. Our front-page highlights are focused on issues, that i...
12/01/2023

We hope you enjoy the latest edition of The Immigrant’s Journal. Our front-page highlights are focused on issues, that is, news, views, and interviews, which will assist you in your decision-making process, whether politics, family, health, consumption or business, law, etc. Our investigative journalism, internally, by partnerships, or guest writers, brings you the best analysis on issues of importance to immigrants. Enjoy our latest edition. Visit www.theimmigrantsjournal.com

At a hearing on Wednesday, city council members pressed the Department of Education for answers on how migrant children ...
11/30/2023

At a hearing on Wednesday, city council members pressed the Department of Education for answers on how migrant children will be affected by Mayor Eric Adams’ administration’s shelter policies. Elected officials focused in on the 60-day-notice shelter transfer policy and toll it has taken on the students.

By Giulia McDonnell Nieto Del Rio | November 29, 2023 | documentedny At a hearing on Wednesday, city council members pressed the Department of Education for answers on how migrant children will be affected by Mayor Eric Adams’ administration’s shelter policies. Elected officials focused in on th...

Now that a group of Republican and Democratic senators are weighing up undermining asylum laws, as planned by Donald Tru...
11/30/2023

Now that a group of Republican and Democratic senators are weighing up undermining asylum laws, as planned by Donald Trump, in exchange for Republican support for funds requested by President Joe Biden for Ukraine, it is once again apparent that for many politicians, immigrants are the weakest link they can throw away when the going gets tough.

By Maribel Hastings and David Torres | America’s Voice Now that a group of Republican and Democratic senators are weighing up undermining asylum laws, as planned by Donald Trump, in exchange for Republican support for funds requested by President Joe Biden for Ukraine, it is once again apparent th...

Seeking asylum is legal and the United States has accepted people fleeing danger for centuries. Despite this fact, many ...
11/30/2023

Seeking asylum is legal and the United States has accepted people fleeing danger for centuries. Despite this fact, many misconceptions persist about asylum seekers like Paul. Too often, asylum seekers are demonized, criminalized, imprisoned, and treated as political pawns in an immigration system that is not equipped, nor designed, to humanely handle its responsibilities.

By Erica Bryant | Vera Paul fled his home in Nigeria because Igbo Christians like him were being killed for their faith. “I did not want to die, so I came to America,” he said. But like many people seeking safety and freedom in the United States, Paul instead found himself locked up in immigrati...

Born in Jamaica and raised in England, Nelson, the son of pastors, initially pursued psychology before returning to his ...
11/30/2023

Born in Jamaica and raised in England, Nelson, the son of pastors, initially pursued psychology before returning to his ministry roots. “I felt that was a call God placed upon my life,” he reflected, emphasizing his deep-rooted connection to his faith.

Photos courtesy: Bishop DR RC Nelson By JR Holguin Ebenezer Urban Ministry Center leads in community service, affordable housing, and educational initiatives. BROOKLYN, NY: In an exclusive interview with The Immigrant's Journal, Bishop R. C. Dr. Hugh Nelson of the Ebenezer Urban Ministry Center (EUM...

Last month, New York City hit an economic milestone, with more total jobs than ever before in our city’s history. Our ad...
11/28/2023

Last month, New York City hit an economic milestone, with more total jobs than ever before in our city’s history. Our administration is proud of the work we have done to ensure our economy has made a full recovery — and we are determined to keep working to create jobs and opportunity for all New Yorkers.

Last month, New York City hit an economic milestone, with more total jobs than ever before in our city’s history. Our administration is proud of the work we have done to ensure our economy has made a full recovery — and we are determined to keep working to create jobs and opportunity for all New

After filing an asylum application, asylum seekers must wait an agonizing six months before they can receive a work perm...
11/27/2023

After filing an asylum application, asylum seekers must wait an agonizing six months before they can receive a work permit. This makes their already vulnerable position even worse and prevents them from providing for themselves or their family.

Posted by Adriel Orozco | Nov 20, 2023 When asylum seekers come to the United States, they want to work—but an outdated immigration statute is making that more difficult than it needs to be. After filing an asylum application, asylum seekers must wait an agonizing six months before they can receiv...

A huddle of families clustered on the damp corner of Avenue U and Flatbush Avenue in Brooklyn waiting for the B3 bus to ...
11/27/2023

A huddle of families clustered on the damp corner of Avenue U and Flatbush Avenue in Brooklyn waiting for the B3 bus to arrive in the frigid drizzle Tuesday afternoon. One man wearing nothing but a t-shirt clutched his toddler, his bare arms goose-pimpled in the rain. Others had on flip flops and socks as it started to rain.

Migrant Jaile Escalón shops with her children for warm winter clothes at a Salvation Army while they stay at the Floyd Bennett Field family shelter, Nov. 21, 2023. Credit: Gwynne Hogan/THE CITY By Gwynne Hogan | November 22, 2023 A huddle of families clustered on the damp corner of Avenue U and Fla...

The upcoming holiday season is a festive time of year. It’s getting colder, so we try to stay warm, we invite friends an...
11/27/2023

The upcoming holiday season is a festive time of year. It’s getting colder, so we try to stay warm, we invite friends and family over, cook more, light candles, maybe burn a fire in the fireplace or use space heaters, buy Christmas trees and string them up with lights, and fill our homes with other decorations.

By Mayor's Office | 11/27/23 The upcoming holiday season is a festive time of year. It’s getting colder, so we try to stay warm, we invite friends and family over, cook more, light candles, maybe burn a fire in the fireplace or use space heaters, buy Christmas trees and string them up with lights,...

Adams confirmed plans to ask nearly all city agencies to make further 5 percent spending cuts to their budgets before he...
11/22/2023

Adams confirmed plans to ask nearly all city agencies to make further 5 percent spending cuts to their budgets before he releases his preliminary city budget in January. And he’s planning to cut spending on housing and serving migrants by 20 percent.

By Jeff Coltin | November 21, 2023 NEW YORK — For more than a year, Mayor Eric Adams has been demanding financial support from the federal government to pay for migrants in the city’s care. A federal investigation into the mayor’s fundraising — unrelated to the crisis of housing migrants —...

New York City Comptroller Brad Lander and New York State Comptroller Thomas P. DiNapoli penned a joint letter to eBay’s ...
11/22/2023

New York City Comptroller Brad Lander and New York State Comptroller Thomas P. DiNapoli penned a joint letter to eBay’s Board of Directors urging them to take swift action and ensure that company management comply with eBay’s stated Human Rights Policy as well as restore key language they removed from describing their commitment to workers’ rights.

Editorial credit: Ascannio / Shutterstock.com Changes to language follow vote to unionize at subsidiary TCGPlayer Comptrollers: Changes set dangerous tone, may lead employees & shareholders to question company’s commitment to respecting worker rights New York, NY – New York City Comptroller Brad...

After weeks of uncertainty as to whether Congress would reach a deal to fund the government and avoid a shutdown, earlie...
11/22/2023

After weeks of uncertainty as to whether Congress would reach a deal to fund the government and avoid a shutdown, earlier this week Congress passed a continuing resolution bill which funds the government through the end of the year. But this delay will only last a matter of months. In the meantime, Congress is still debating what to do with President Biden’s request for emergency supplemental funding to address the situation at the southern border.

By Aaron Reichlin-Melnick | Nov 17, 2023 After weeks of uncertainty as to whether Congress would reach a deal to fund the government and avoid a shutdown, earlier this week Congress passed a continuing resolution bill which funds the government through the end of the year. But this delay will only l...

New York, NY − The Episcopal Diocese of New York Task Force on Domestic Violence and Sexual Assault and Episcopal Relief...
11/21/2023

New York, NY − The Episcopal Diocese of New York Task Force on Domestic Violence and Sexual Assault and Episcopal Relief & Development are pleased to present a webinar on Zoom, Gender-Based Violence Spotlight: The Race to End Child Marriage by 2030, on November 30 at 7:00 PM. Taking place during the 16 Days of Activism Against Gender-Based Violence, the panel brings together experts to discuss the prevalence of child marriage in the United States and abroad. Read the article here: https://caribbeanamericanweekly.com/the-episcopal.../

Today, U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) announced implementation of a new family reunification parole (...
11/21/2023

Today, U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) announced implementation of a new family reunification parole (FRP) process for certain nationals of Ecuador. This process allows an eligible beneficiary to be considered for parole into the United States on a case-by-case basis while they wait for their family-based immigrant visa to become available. It is available by invitation only to certain petitioners with an approved Form I-130, Petition for Alien Relative, on behalf of an Ecuadorian beneficiary.

Editorial credit: Michael Vi / Shutterstock.com Today, U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) announced implementation of a new family reunification parole (FRP) process for certain nationals of Ecuador. This process allows an eligible beneficiary to be considered for parole into the Unit...

NEW YORK: Haitian Women for Haitian Refugees and TakeRoot Justice released a new report, “Humanitarian Parole Crisis: Ho...
11/21/2023

NEW YORK: Haitian Women for Haitian Refugees and TakeRoot Justice released a new report, “Humanitarian Parole Crisis: How Racist Policies and Practices Deny Haitian Refugees Work Authorization.” The report finds that U.S. immigration policies and practices create barriers for Haitian refugees by granting them insufficient humanitarian parole periods, which, coupled with substantial delays in processing work authorization applications, prevent people from accessing the legal employment to which they are entitled.

Editorial credit: Yu Kuo-wei / Shutterstock.com Research shows systemic flaws, documents a legacy of racist immigration practices, makes recommendations for equitable treatment for all asylum seekers NEW YORK: Haitian Women for Haitian Refugees and TakeRoot Justice released a new report, “Humanita...

The number of people living with diabetes worldwide is on pace to more than double in the next three decades, for a tota...
11/21/2023

The number of people living with diabetes worldwide is on pace to more than double in the next three decades, for a total of 1.3 billion people by 2050. That is one of the key findings from our study on the global burden of diabetes recently published in The Lancet.

By Lauryn Stafford and Liane Ong The big idea The number of people living with diabetes worldwide is on pace to more than double in the next three decades, for a total of 1.3 billion people by 2050. That is one of the key findings from our study on the global burden of diabetes recently published in

Cardi B is fed up with President Joe Biden and NYC Mayor Eric Adams. On Sunday (Nov. 19), Cardi hit Instagram Live and r...
11/21/2023

Cardi B is fed up with President Joe Biden and NYC Mayor Eric Adams. On Sunday (Nov. 19), Cardi hit Instagram Live and reacted to Adams’ announcement that the Big Apple’s migrant crisis has resulted in 5 percent cuts for city agencies, according to ABC7NY. The controversial mayor explained that these agencies include the New York Police Department, Fire Department of NY, NYC public schools, sanitation, and libraries. Cardi didn’t hold back as she presented her opinion on the “f**ked up” matter.

Editorial credit: lev radin / Shutterstock.com By Marc Griffin | November 20, 2023 Cardi B is fed up with President Joe Biden and NYC Mayor Eric Adams. On Sunday (Nov. 19), Cardi hit Instagram Live and reacted to Adams’ announcement that the Big Apple’s migrant crisis has resulted in 5 percent c...

“New York City is the most diverse city in the world, and that diversity makes us the greatest city in the world,” said ...
11/21/2023

“New York City is the most diverse city in the world, and that diversity makes us the greatest city in the world,” said New York City Mayor Eric Adams. “We’re all from somewhere — and the iconic national medallions on the Avenue of the Americas celebrate the tremendous contributions of our immigrant communities across this city. I want to thank DOT Commissioner Ydanis Rodriguez, as well as International Affairs Commissioner Ed Mermelstein and Immigrant Affairs Commissioner Manuel Castro for restoring this symbol of hope and unity in our city.”

Photos courtesy: NYC DOT By NYC DOT | November 16, 2023 Installed more than 60 years ago as a symbol of hope and unity in the hemisphere, medallions had fallen into disrepair, with only 18 original medallions remaining in early 2023 Creating new, safe and up-to-date signage along Sixth Avenue to hon...

Last week, Mayor Eric Adams released a first-quarter modification to the current (Fiscal Year 2024) budget, as required ...
11/21/2023

Last week, Mayor Eric Adams released a first-quarter modification to the current (Fiscal Year 2024) budget, as required by the City Charter. It included well-publicized cuts of roughly five percent to the City-funded portion of all agency budgets, including that of the Department of Education (DOE). Two rounds of similar-size cuts are expected by next spring, producing 15 percent overall reductions this fiscal year.

By George Sweeting | November 21, 2023 Immediate budget cuts; impending higher costs: New York City’s public schools face a seemingly inexorable financial squeeze. Last week, Mayor Eric Adams released a first-quarter modification to the current (Fiscal Year 2024) budget, as required by the City Ch...

New York, NY – While New York City has a Charter mandate to locate City services and facilities equitably, a new audit a...
11/20/2023

New York, NY – While New York City has a Charter mandate to locate City services and facilities equitably, a new audit and report from New York City Comptroller Brad Lander found that the City unevenly distributes City facilities, while keeping critical data on the concentration of services in neighborhoods unavailable and failing to produce mandated analyses of neighborhood impact.

Some neighborhoods have 100x shelter beds than others; 3-out-of-4 neighborhoods with no shelters are predominantly white. Waste transfer stations, parks, and social services are also inequitably distributed Audit also finds that the City fails to provide a basic level of transparency about concentra...

“For months, we have warned New Yorkers about the challenging fiscal situation our city faces,” said Mayor Adams. “To ba...
11/20/2023

“For months, we have warned New Yorkers about the challenging fiscal situation our city faces,” said Mayor Adams. “To balance the budget as the law requires, every city agency dug into their own budget to find savings, with minimal disruption to services. And while we pulled it off this time, make no mistake: Migrant costs are going up, tax revenue growth is slowing, and COVID stimulus funding is drying up. No city should be left to handle a national humanitarian crisis largely on its own, and without the significant and timely support we need from Washington, D.C., today’s budget will be only the beginning.”

Editorial credit: lev radin / Shutterstock.com As Asylum Seeker Crisis Continues to Grow, Federal COVID-19 Stimulus Funding Dries Up, and Tax Revenue Growth Slows, Adams Administration Takes Strategic, Essential Steps to Responsibly Manage City’s Finances With Migrant Crisis Set to Cost Nearly $11...

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“All teenagers have this shift in their brain that causes them to not feel sleepy until about 10:45 or 11 at night,” sai...
11/07/2023

“All teenagers have this shift in their brain that causes them to not feel sleepy until about 10:45 or 11 at night,” said Kyla Wahlstrom, a senior research fellow at the University of Minnesota in the College of Education and Human Development. She studies how education policy affects learning, and she used to be a teacher. “It’s a shift that is biologically determined.”

By Catherine Sweeney NASHVILLE, Tenn. — High school classes start so early around this city that some kids get on buses at 5:30 in the morning. Just 10% of public schools nationwide start before 7:30 a.m., according to federal statistics. But in Nashville, classes start at 7:05 — a fact the new ...

The bill, which was first introduced by Brooklyn Council Member Shahana Hanif in May, would require multiple city depart...
11/07/2023

The bill, which was first introduced by Brooklyn Council Member Shahana Hanif in May, would require multiple city departments as well as community and labor organizations to create a workers’ bill of rights that would detail the rights and protections workers are guaranteed under federal, state, and local laws regardless of their immigration status.

Editorial credit: lev radin / Shutterstock.com By Katie Honan and Gwynne Hogan | November 2, 2023 Federal agents raided the Crown Heights home of a top fundraiser for Mayor Eric Adams early Thursday, according to reports, leading the mayor to return to the city immediately after traveling to Washing...

The bill, which was first introduced by Brooklyn Council Member Shahana Hanif in May, would require multiple city depart...
11/07/2023

The bill, which was first introduced by Brooklyn Council Member Shahana Hanif in May, would require multiple city departments as well as community and labor organizations to create a workers’ bill of rights that would detail the rights and protections workers are guaranteed under federal, state, and local laws regardless of their immigration status.

By Amir Khafagy | November 2, 2023 The New York City Council passed landmark legislation today establishing the city’s first workers’ bill of rights, a victory for immigrant workers. The bill, which was first introduced by Brooklyn Council Member Shahana Hanif in May, would require multiple city...

The New York State Office for the Aging (NYSOFA) recently honored over 90 older adults for their volunteerism as part of...
11/07/2023

The New York State Office for the Aging (NYSOFA) recently honored over 90 older adults for their volunteerism as part of NYSOFA’s annual Older New Yorkers’ Day celebration presented during a November 3 livestream.

The New York State Office for the Aging (NYSOFA) recently honored over 90 older adults for their volunteerism as part of NYSOFA's annual Older New Yorkers' Day celebration presented during a November 3 livestream. Awardees were nominated by New York's 59 county Offices for the Aging and their partne...

FDA recommended the manufacturer of these products recall all lots on October 25, 2023, after agency investigators found...
10/31/2023

FDA recommended the manufacturer of these products recall all lots on October 25, 2023, after agency investigators found insanitary conditions in the manufacturing facility and positive bacterial test results from environmental sampling of critical drug production areas in the facility. FDA also recommends consumers properly discard these products.

[10/30/2023] FDA is updating the list of over-the-counter eye drop products consumers should not purchase or use to include Equate Hydration PF Lubricant Eye Drop 10 mL sold by Walmart in stores and online. Walmart is removing the product from their store shelves and website. [10/27/2023] FDA is war...

We hope you enjoy the latest edition of The Immigrant’s Journal. Our front-page highlights are focused on issues, that i...
10/30/2023

We hope you enjoy the latest edition of The Immigrant’s Journal. Our front-page highlights are focused on issues, that is, news, views, and interviews, which will assist you in your decision-making process, whether politics, family, health, consumption or business, law, etc. Our investigative journalism, internally, by partnerships, or guest writers, brings you the best analysis on issues of importance to immigrants. Enjoy our latest edition. Visit www.theimmigrantsjournal.com

October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month. For nearly four decades now, the country has recognized October as National Br...
10/17/2023

October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month. For nearly four decades now, the country has recognized October as National Breast Cancer Awareness Month. It is a time annually devoted to educating everyone about breast cancer — including metastatic breast cancer (MBC) — and the importance of early detection and access to timely, high-quality care. Listen to our interview with Jennifer Craig-Clarke, Health Advocate, Health Education Project.

October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month. For nearly four decades now, the country has recognized October as National Breast Cancer Awareness Month. It is a time annually devoted to educating everyone about breast cancer — including metastatic breast cancer (MBC) — and the importance of early de...

Brooklyn Borough President Antonio Reynoso today released “The Comprehensive Plan for Brooklyn,” a vision to address the...
10/05/2023

Brooklyn Borough President Antonio Reynoso today released “The Comprehensive Plan for Brooklyn,” a vision to address the borough’s dual crises of housing and public health through land use, policy, and budgetary recommendations. The Plan for equitable growth is based on a comprehensive analysis of boroughwide data and information and contains over 100 maps visualizing inequities in everything from housing production to life expectancy.

The Comprehensive Plan for Brooklyn Addresses Dual Crises of Housing and Public Health Through Data-Driven Land Use, Policy, and Budgetary Recommendations Almost Every Major City in the World Has a Plan to Guide Growth and Development – Except New York City BROOKLYN, NY – Brooklyn Borough Presid...

“If you are at work or school, shelter in place for now,” said Mayor Eric Adams during a press conference just before no...
10/04/2023

“If you are at work or school, shelter in place for now,” said Mayor Eric Adams during a press conference just before noon that day. Schools Chancellor David Banks repeated that language later in the briefing, explaining “our protocol is in fact to shelter in place.” A tweet at 12:16 p.m. from the Education Department said the same.

School buses. Ben Fractenberg/THE CITY By Michael Elsen-Rooney, Amy Zimmer, Alex Zimmerman, and Chalkbeat | October 2, 2023 The first time many school administrators heard about a shelter-in-place directive was when a top Education Department official emailed at 1:56 p.m.to tell them it “has been ...

In February, a slim majority of the workers at Lodi, the upscale Italian restaurant in Rockefeller Center founded by the...
10/04/2023

In February, a slim majority of the workers at Lodi, the upscale Italian restaurant in Rockefeller Center founded by the Uruguayan-born chef Ignacio Mattos, whose menu includes a single pork loin with roasted squash entree for $66, voted against joining the Restaurant Workers Union Local 1 (RWU). A little over a month earlier, the union had gone public with two-thirds of the workers having signed union cards.

By Amir Khafagy | October 2, 2023 The National Labor Relations Board unrolled several new policies to safeguard the rights of undocumented workers organizing their workplaces. In February, a slim majority of the workers at Lodi, the upscale Italian restaurant in Rockefeller Center founded by the Uru...

But that order was never directly communicated to school principals, Chalkbeat reported on Monday. The communication bre...
10/04/2023

But that order was never directly communicated to school principals, Chalkbeat reported on Monday. The communication breakdown created confusion about which procedures campus leaders should have been following in the middle of an emergency.

Editorial credit: quiggyt4 / Shutterstock.com By Alex Zimmerman | October 3, 2023 New York City botched its communication to schools in response to last week’s record rainfall, Chancellor David Banks acknowledged on Tuesday. He vowed to conduct a review of what went wrong. Hours after the school d...

Mayor Eric Adams on Tuesday asked a court to temporarily suspend the city’s decades-old practice of offering shelter to ...
10/04/2023

Mayor Eric Adams on Tuesday asked a court to temporarily suspend the city’s decades-old practice of offering shelter to any adult who asks, proposing that the protocol deserves an emergency pause while the city grapples with the still-ongoing wave of asylum seekers who have arrived in New York for more than a year.

HELP ran an intake center in East New York for single women entering the homeless shelter system, Oct. 3, 2023. Alex Krales/THE CITY By Greg B. Smith and Gwynne Hogan | October 3, 2023 The revised plea from City Hall would suspend the decree under more tailored circumstances, but advocates say it st...

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