MacArthur Awards $1.2 Million in Support of Immigrants, Refugees

MacArthur Awards $1.2 Million in Support of Immigrants, Refugees

The has announced grants totaling $1.2 million in support of efforts to educate immigrant and refugee communities in the Chicago area about their rights.

Grants were awarded to immigrant rights and legal aid organizations working to assist immigrants and refugee communities in the wake of executive orders signed by President Trump temporarily banning individuals from six majority-Muslim nations and refugees fleeing persecution from entering the United States. Recipients include the , which was awarded $25,000 to convene Chicago's Arab-American, Muslim, and immigrant communities and partner organizations in strategy sessions aimed at developing an effective response to changes in federal immigration law and policy; the at the , which will receive $500,000 in support of community education and immigrant legal representation; and , which was awarded $25,000 to develop training materials and workshops for low-wage and immigrant workers.

The foundation also awarded general operating support grants of $150,000 each to the , the , and the .

"Because members of some ethnic and national groups have shown great reluctance to expose themselves as undocumented, it is critical for organizations to build trust within their communities," wrote Tara Magner, director of MacArthur’s Chicago Commitment program, in a . "Outreach workers and legal aid providers are developing new and evolving strategies to connect with residents, offering 'know your rights' workshops in a variety of languages and with cultural sensitivity....Organizations are also building alliances across immigrant, ethnic, and religious communities to defend the American values we all hold true: the United States is a nation of immigrants and a nation that protects every person's religious liberty.

"." John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation Press Release 08/02/2017.