Serrano Convenes Immigration Workshop

José M. Serrano

January 17, 2008

Senator Serrano hosted the "Know Your Rights" Immigration Workshop in East Harlem on Thursday, January 17.

The workshop provided information on educational opportunities available to undocumented immigrants in New York City, as well as how they can move forward on the path to citizenship.

Panelists included Maria Alexandra Osuna-Zalazar from the City College Immigration Center and Sonia R. Cardona from the CUNY Citizenship and Immigration Project. Martin Orduna, director of the East Harlem CARE Network, moderated the discussion.

"Protecting immigrant rights is an issue close to my heart, and high up on my legislative agenda," said the Senator, who this week introduced a bill into the New York State Senate that would go a long way toward protecting immigrant rights across the State.

"We live in a country built on immigration, and now is no time to curtail the human rights of our hard-working friends and neighbors."

The immigration workshop was co-sponsored by the CUNY Citizenship and Immigration Project as well as HOPE Community, Inc. Local East Harlem food establishments, the Savoy Bakery and Olmeca Restaurant, graciously donated pastries and lunch for the event.