Immigrant Rights and Services Manual

New York City Comptroller Scott M. Stringer just released the 2018 Immigrant Rights and Services Manual, adding new information on hate crimes, DACA and immigrant rights, as well as adding versions in Urdu and Arabic, bringing to 10 the number of languages in which the manual will be available.

At 75 pages, the manual is a compendium of useful information that cuts across a swath of subjects from how to get child care to how to apply for food stamps to who can vote, how to register and how to participate in civic life in the city. Details are provided on immigrant workers’ rights and prevailing wages and benefits, as well as the collection of unpaid wage awards – an area in which the comptroller’s office has worked extensively on behalf of workers in recent years.

Numerous links, resources, addresses and telephone numbers are offered, as well as succinct definitions which may help clarify matters for recent immigrants puzzling over, say, the precise meaning of Supplemental Security Income (SSI) or Medicaid. The report even explains what a hospital community advisory board is and how it functions, and within a nine-page education section, explains how parents can be more involved in their children’s education, details the differences between bilingual education, ESL and dual language programs, explains special ed programs and offers contacts for help in dealing with student suspensions.

The English language version can be accessed here.

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