USCIS Recruits Citizenship Ambassadors to Encourage Naturalization
U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) has recruited 8 citizenship Ambassadors to encourage naturalization applications. Most ambassadors are naturalized citizens and will receive training from USCIS on the citizenship process. The volunteer role
USCIS Director Ur Jaddou said the initiative is “a positive step towards raising awareness of the many benefits of U.S. citizenship and providing tools that help immigrants become successful as they embark on their journey as new citizens and beyond:”
“Granting citizenship is vital to our nation’s economic prosperity, and a future built on America’s promise as a nation of welcome and possibility.”
The citizenship ambassadors will connect eligible populations with USCIS and advise on the best engagement strategies and messaging, helping to build trust between USCIS and their communities, including:
- Sharing their own experiences with the naturalization process;
- Highlighting available information and resources;
- Emphasizing the advantages of U.S. citizenship;
- Addressing myths and misconceptions; and
- Inspiring others pursuing citizenship.
8 Citizenship Ambassadors
- Ambassador Nam Loc Nguyen is a refugee from Vietnam who became a U.S. citizen more than four decades ago and previously served as the director of the immigration and refugee department at Catholic Charities in California, Orange County, CA;
- Magdalena Alvarado, President, Ser y Hacer Galveston, Galveston, TX;
- Abdirizak Bihi, Executive Director, Somali Education and Social Advocacy Center, Minneapolis, MN;
- Myriam Mezadieu, Chief Operating Officer, Catholic Legal Services, Miami, FL;
- Margarita Rocha, Executive Director, Centro La Familia Advocacy Services, Central Valley, CA;
- Luis Shephard, Community Leader, Boston, MA;
- Dr. Mara Vaughn, Professor, the University of North Texas at Dallas, Dallas-Fort Worth, TX; and
- Pao Yang, Executive Director, President and CEO, The Fresno Center (TFC), Fresno, CA.
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