By Hope Ortiz and Lindsay Pacheco
Currently, there has been a lot of concern due increased enforcement of deportation policies, making both naturalized citizens and illegal immigrants feel much more stressed and hopeless. However, there are many resources out there that provide reassurance.
Here are some resources that can help: (can be found on http://www.lsnjlaw.org/Pages/Non-Legal%20Resources/Spanish-Resources.aspx)
Insure Kids Now
- 1-877-543-7669 (1-877-KIDS-NOW)
- Insure Kids Now offers bilingual information about the State Children’s Health Insurance Program and links to each state’s child and adolescent health insurance program Web site
- National Hispanic Family Health Help Line, “Su Familia”
- 1-866-783-2645 (1-866-Su-Familia)
- Su Familia offers Hispanic consumers free and reliable health information to help prevent and manage chronic conditions. They maintain a nationwide database to refer callers to local health care providers and federally supported health programs.
- Wind of the Spirit
- 120 Speedwell Avenue, Morristown, NJ 07960
- (973) 538-2035
- Interfaith organization that strives to raise awareness about immigration issues; promotes civic participation; provides information and legal assistance in the areas of wages, health care, taxes, and immigration; advocates on behalf of the immigrant community; offers training in tenants’ rights and labor law, citizenship classes, and ESL/SSL classes.
- Hispanic Multi-Purpose Services Center
- 911 East 23rd Street, Paterson, NJ 07504
- (973) 684-3320
- Relocation assistance, transitional shelter, housing, education, and employment services. There are also two other organizations at this location: Mi Casa es Su Casa (973-345-4300), a long-term care facility for seniors and disabled, and the Paterson International Preschool (973-279-9860).
- Save Latin America
- 138 39th Street, Union City, NJ 07087
- (201) 271-7474
- Focus is on education, access, and awareness. The Community Resource Center (CRC) assists Hispanics with health services, educational and employment resources, economic and business development, and politics and government. Other activities are geared towards keeping youth in school and raising awareness of certain health issues.
- Servicios Latinos de Burlington County
- 1 High Street, Mount Holly, NJ 08060
- (609) 518-7171
- Provides translation and interpretation, ESL classes, referrals to social services agencies, employment information, assistance with resume writing and computers, information on health and housing resources, child safety education, and basic immigration assistance.
Additionally, there are many other outside resources that provide hope and reassurance, such as Diana Bermudez, a Parent Outreach Coordinator here in Bergen County. “I help parents and students, we help undocumented students,” she said. “We help parents as much as we can because of the language barrier and the lack of education they have completed. In this office we want to create awareness.”