What is a Community Navigator?
Community Navigators are community members who receive specialized training to provide quality immigration information and services for their communities in an empowering and effective way. They are also liaisons between their community, legal service providers, social service organizations, and government representatives.
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Who are Community Navigators?
They are community leaders, advocates, educators, mentors, and interpreters in their respective communities.
Why is this a necessary service?
Over 5 million immigrants are eligible for relief under President Obama's executive actions (DAPA and DACA Extended). As a field, we don't have capacity to provide traditional legal services at that scale. Demand may lead to price hikes, and it may also lead to the emergence of "notaries" who engage in fraudulent or unlawful practice of law (UPL).
What will your role be as a Community Navigator?
Your role will be to provide accurate information in your community, you will refer applicants to trusted legal service providers and community-based organizations, and are responsible for reporting victimization.*
*At the moment, Centro Latino Americano is seeking accreditation by the Board of Immigration Appeals (BIA) to be able to provide legal advice without an attorney. Because we do not yet have BIA accreditation is that we will not provide training on preparing legal documents and applications. Your role, therefore, will not be to assist with screening and applications under supervision by attorneys and BIA representatives. More information on this will follow in the months to come.
- Bilingual speakers preferred but will also train monolingual Spanish speakers
- Bicultural (having personal experience in one or more cultures and traditions) or cross-cultural experience
- Experience with immigration issues in the United States (either personal, through family, work, or others)
*For those that are neither bilingual or bi-cultural but are hoping to lend a hand to our community, there will be opportunities to do different types of work, such as helping put materials together, helping set up community events, etc. If you are interested, please contact us to set up an interview to determine in which capacity you can help Centro Latino and the Latino community in Lane County.
To be determined at later date, though there is strong interest in early April.
The training session will consist of modules to introduce the Community Navigator concept, review the basis of immigration law, discuss administrative relief and the current state of DAPA/DACA, steps to begin preparation for relief, and topics on unauthorized practice of law, identifying legal help and reporting victimization. Additional modules are being developed by the Administrative Relief Resource Center to include topics on screening for additional forms of relief, workers' rights, deportation defense, and naturalization.
Interested? Contact Us!
Karla Schmidt Murillo
Community Navigator Organizer & Trainer
Centro Latino Americano