In 2009, AJC New Jersey received funding from the Ford Foundation through a grant secured by AJC National. These funds were used to reach out to Latino leaders and other State Stakeholders in an effort to build a broad coalition of support for comprehensive immigration reform.
Over the next two years, AJC New Jersey held six seminars which were attended by more than thirty stakeholders in the community. Latino leaders, general educators, business persons and law enforcement professionals studied and worked on immigration issues and created a statement of principles on both state-wide and federal immigration reform in May, 2011.
Since then, AJC New Jersey has built upon this crucial first step, and has encouraged other stakeholders to sign this statement—reflecting a broad consensus of support for immigration reform and including such prominent leaders as: Rt. Rev. Mark M. Beckwith, Bishop of the Episcopal Diocese of Newark, and Upendra Chivukula, New Jersey State Assemblyman.
Over the past five years, AJC New Jersey has offered educational programs to our members and to the public to educate regarding the need for fair immigration reform. We have held workshops for Latino leaders on grassroots lobbying and we have hosted community-wide forums and panel presentations. We have coordinated our efforts with the New Jersey Immigration Policy Network. We have also nominated 3 New Jersey Immigration leaders to participate in Project Interchange trips to Israel.
AJC NJ Immigration Task Force
In 2012, AJC New Jersey launched an Immigration Task Force whose mandate is to plan and implement programming, advocacy, coalition work and media activity throughout NJ related to and promoting AJC’s immigration policies.
If you are interested in getting involved in AJC New Jersey's Immigration Task Force, click here.
AJC Global Forum
May 12-14 2014