Immigrant Info / Santa Clara County

The Santa Clara County Section includes publications, articles and special resource links for SCC immigrants. All of these links and much more can also be found in the Resources Search page.

A Grown-Up’s Guide to Using Technology with Young Children
2019 The Center for Early Learning at Silicon Valley Community Foundation has partnered with Common Sense Media, the leading independent nonprofit organization dedicated to helping kids thrive in a world of media and technology, to create this resource. It was created to be a resource that recognized that technology will be used with young children in today’s complex world of different household makeups – from multiple generations living under the same roof, to single parents working more than one job, to stay-at-home parents caring for multiple children all day long, to friends and relatives acting as a child’s primary caregiver . We recognize that the confusion and challenges surrounding using technology with young children (for the purpose of this guide, from birth through age 8) vary widely depending on the child’s age, so we divided the guide into sections based on age brackets: 0-2, 3-5 and 6-8. Key Words: ALLIES7

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From undocumented teen to powerful leader, David Campos redefines American Dream
5/7/19 He went from being a frightened teenage boy crossing the border to one of the Bay Area’s most influential politicians — an embodiment of the American Dream. As a Latino, a gay man and former undocumented immigrant, Santa Clara County Deputy Executive David Campos has stayed close to his roots, upholding the rights of the communities he belongs to, while championing diversity throughout his career as a public servant.

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SCC Public Health Internship & Volunteer Opportunities
3/19 Public health careers offer something for everyone: Epidemiology and biostatistics involve mathematics and modeling. Environmental health includes a wide range of science skills. Health administration incorporates business and management skills. Health education involves skills required to develop community-wide prevention programs. Health policy includes an understanding of law-making processes. The goal of the Santa Clara County Public Health Department Internship Program is to provide a high-quality training experience for undergraduate, graduate, and post-graduate students. Students will have an opportunity to develop academic, career and personal growth. Key Words: ALLIES1

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Sharing houses: Catholic Charities, county team up for new program
3/20/19 The House Sharing Program, a joint effort from Catholic Charities and Santa Clara County, is a free service that aims to help local residents remain in the area and/or be closer to their work or family. The program defines “house sharing” as two or more unrelated people sharing a home. That can mean a homeowner and renter relationship, or two or more people renting a home together. Residents typically have their own bedroom (and sometimes bathroom) but share common areas. A one-time $200 incentive is paid to the house provider after 90 days of a successful match. All participants are screened via background checks, personality profiles and preferences in housemates. For more information, call (408) 325-5226 or visit catholiccharitiesscc.org. Key Words: Housing, ALLIES1

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Healthy Nail Salon Program
In Santa Clara County, there are over 850 nail salons, with more than 5000 nail technicians. A majority of the nail technicians are Vietnamese women in their reproductive years. Every day, nail salon owners and workers endure prolonged exposure to low levels of toxic products that may increase risk of cancer, allergies, respiratory, neurological and reproductive health issues. There is a lack of enforceable laws regulating the level of toxin exposure for nail salon workers. In a joint effort with the CA Healthy Nail Salon Collaborative, SCC is implementing the Healthy Nail Salon Recognition Program to protect the health of nail salon workers and customers, and to improve indoor air quality. Vietnamese Flyer | English Flyer | Key Words: ALLIES4

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SCC OIR Newsletter - March 2019
Monthly newsletter from the Santa Clara County Office of Immigrant Relations with information on paid internship opportunities, 2019 Citizenship Day, and local news and events of interest to the SCC Immigrant community.

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SCC Office of Immigrant Relations (SCC OIR)
The Santa Clara County OIR promotes events and projects to help SCC immigrants and refugees access services and resources, obtain the necessary education and training, qualify for employment, integration and civic participation. Programs include the Immigration and Citizenship, advocacy, promotion of diversity and cultural understanding, and community forums. Co-sponsor of the ImmigrantInfo.org website Key Words: RIF Multi-language: Spanish, Vietnamese, Chinese, Tagalog

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SCC Official Comment on Proposed Public Charge Changes
12/10/18 Santa Clara County official comment submitted in response to the proposed rule published by the DHS, concerning inadmissibility on public charge grounds. "The Proposed Rule is an unlawful attempt to rewrite Congress’s rules for who may be admitted and allowed to stay in the US. And if it becomes final, the proposal would wreak havoc on public health and safety-net systems, undermining the health and well-being of all residents and the effective functioning of local governments across the country..... '

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Santa Clara County Toolkit for School Districts to Support Immigrant Students & their Families
Given the continuously changing nature of the immigration landscape in 2017, the SCC Toolkit for Schools Districts to Support Immigrant Students and their Families provides physical and human resources that will aid in the building of community capacity to support immigrant parent engagement in public schools. The toolkit aims to support schools by providing resources that will enable the schools to better meet the unique needs of immigrant students and their families.

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Santa Clara County Welcoming Video
SCC Short Multi-language You-Tube, with welcoming messages.

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Vietnamese American Roundtable (VAR)
The VAR envisions a strong and unified Vietnamese American community that works towards improving our quality of life. To this end, VAR focuses our mission to organize, advocate, and educate our community. We accomplish this through mobilization, advocacy, and education – mobilization through events and coalition building, advocacy through empowering and strategy, and education through panels, workshops and cultural events.

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SCC Latino Health Fact Sheet
9/17/18 Latinos in Santa Clara County have some health advantages relative to other racial and ethnic groups, and there has been marked improvement on some health outcomes over the last decade. However, Latinos experience significant disparities for other health and social indicators when compared to other populations. This brief highlights both these advantages and disparities. Key Words: Diversity, Demmographics, Research

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SCC Mental Health Guide for Immigrants
A brochure from the Santa Clara County Behavioral Health Dept. The immigrant community is facing a lot of stress that intensifies mental health challenges. Santa Clara County has a variety of resources available to all, regardless of immigration status. Key Words: Undocumented, ALLIES4

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SCC OIR Newsletter - February 2019
Featuring favorite moments from the Beacon of Light Awards with photos and a brief description of the Awardees and their accomplishments.

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SCC Social Services Agency (SSA)
The Santa Clara County SSA offers Aging & Adult Services, Family & Children's Services, access to health insurance coverage via Medi-Cal, Calfresh, General Assistance, Healthy Families and Healthy Kids. 24-Hr Automated InfoLine: 1-877-96-BENEFITS or 1-877-962-3633. Key Words: Employment Assistance, Refugee, Languages: Spanish, Vietnamese

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2019 Silicon Valley Index
The Silicon Valley Index has been telling the Silicon Valley story since 1995. Released early every year, the Index is a comprehensive report based on indicators that measure the strength of our economy and the health of our community—highlighting challenges and providing an analytical foundation for leadership and decision-making.Produced by JOINT VENTURE SILICON VALLEY. Key Words: Santa Clara County, SCC

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Asian Pacific Family Resource Center
The Asian Pacific Family Resource Center is one of the ethnically focused Family Resource Centers created by the Social Services Agency. This organization has an Asian focus, but is open to people of any ethnic background. Started in April 1995, The Asian Pacific Family Resource Center provides a variety of services in a number of Asian languages, including, Chinese, Vietnamese, Cambodian, Filipino, and Korean. The many services offered are geared to both youth and adults. These programs include: English as a second language classes, parent education classes, special needs, autism, family, parent support programs and tutoring, gambler's anonymous, individual counseling, youth leadership, and tutoring.

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Catholic Charities John XXIII Multicultural Health Clinic
The Clinic is a behavioral health practice located within the John XXIII Multiservice Center established to provide primary, mental health, substance abuse, wellness education, exercise classes, insurance enrollment and more to adults 18+. A service coordinator can connect patients to an array of other services at Catholic Charities of Santa Clara County that are needed to achieve lasting health and wellness. Some of these include: substance abuse counseling, support groups, social activities, wellness education, nutrition and food services, exercise classes, as well as referral to partner primary health providers. Key Word: Allies7

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ConXión to Community
ConXión is a community-based, non-profit 501c(3), which provides education, workforce, behavioral health and other social services to disconnected youth and adults. Programs are culturally attuned to meet the needs of the Latino and Native American Communities. 95% of the staff speak, read, and write Spanish. Key Words: Mental Health, Employment, Dayworker, ESL

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Growing up undocumented in Mountain View
9/28/18 In his new book, "Dear America: Notes of an Undocumented Citizen," Jose Antonio Vargas recounts his own story of growing up in Mountain View and living for years with the fear of being outed as a non-citizen. He uses his biography to show a national paradox -- a country wedded to undocumented residents in spite of a national system that refuses to recognize them as anything other than illegal.

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Maitri
Peer support and counseling for South Asian women for problems due to physical abuse and/or related issues. Phone 1-888-8-MAITRI or (1-888-862-4874) Maitri also provides assistance to South Asian survivors of domestic violence with the following services: Immigration Information/ Referral, VAWA Self Petition, U Visa/T Visa Application, Removal of Conditions on Green Card, Citizenship Application. BIA Accredited Non-Profit Legal. Multi-language: Bengali, Gujarati, Hindi, Kannada, Konkani, Malayalam, Marathi, Marwari, Oriya, Punjabi, Sindhi, Sinhalese, Tamil, Telugu, & Urdu. Key Words: ALLIES4

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Pacifica Institute - Silicon Valley Chapter
Pacifica Institute was established in 2003 as a non-profit organization by a group of Turkish-Americans. Pacifica Institute designs and executes projects covering social welfare, education, poverty, and conflict resolution issues in collaboration with scholars, activists, artists, politicians, and religious leaders-communities. The Pacifica Institute has a proven track record of working within and across communities. Key Words: RIF @Pacifica_Ins

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SCC Better Health Pharmacy
NO controlled drugs, NO insurance, NO copays We are the first and only dedicated drug donation pharmacy in California. We received unused, unopened, and unexpired medications from licensed healthcare facilities, and dispense the drugs at no cost to our patients who have a valid prescription. Our pharmacy aims to increase medication access for all and serves patients who cannot afford their medications. Key Words: Allies4 Multi-language: English | Spanish | Chinese | Vietnamese |

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SCC Public Health Department (PHD)
Services including Immunizations, Health Info, including: Referrals to Resources for Pregnancy Care and Parenting, Adult Immunization and Travel Clinic, Birth and Death Registration, Public Health Pharmacies, STD/HIV Testing & Support, Women, Infants & Children (WIC), California Children's Services (CCS), Black Infant Health Prenatal/ Postpartum Empowerment Groups. Information on | cold weather shelter locations and warming centers |around Santa Clara County. Multi-language: | Language Access and Communications Assistance |

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SCC RRN Receives the Change Maker Award from the SVCN
5/18 Santa Clara County Rapid Response Network (RRN) was one of the local collaborations recognized as 'change makers'. The SCC RRN and hotline, a collaborative project led by Sacred Heart Community Service, PACT, Pangea Legal Services, LUNA, SIREN, CLESPA, Catholic Charities of Santa Clara County, the South Bay Labor Council, the Mexican Consulate, City of San Jose Office of Immigrant Affairs, and the SCC Office of Immigrant Relations, aims to expand the community's capacity to monitor and document ICE operations in real time. Through training, thousands of community members are ready to support immigrant families and protect their constitutional rights as our County is targeted for deportations.

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SCC Rapid Response Network Hotline (RRN)
The Santa Clara County RRN is a 24/7 hotline that community members can call to report ICE operations and receive help in real life time! When you call the RRN line: The dispatcher that receives the call will support the community member in asserting their rights, and will dispatch trained Rapid Responders to the impacted site. If immigration enforcement is confirmed, the Rapid Responders will conduct legal observation, collect evidence that may support the immigration case of the impacted family, and provide moral support and accompaniment to the impacted family. If a community member is detained, we will connect them with immigration attorneys for legal counsel and provide accompaniment support. We want to make sure no community member has to go through this on their own. To report a raid,Call (408) 290-1144 This is not a general information hotline. Key words: RRN, Deport Spanish

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San Jose Immigration Resource Page
2015 - The recent changes to immigration policy have prompted the City of San Jose to work collaboratively with the County of Santa Clara and community based organizations to ensure that our immigrant community receives accurate and timely information about President Obama's executive order. Here you will find information about organizations equipped to serve you and a list of informational events in San Jose. Key Words: SJ OIR

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San Jose Senior Nutrition Program
The City of San José in partnership with Bateman Senior Meals provides nutritious meals, to older adults 60+ at 13 community centers throughout San Jose *listed here). All well-balanced meals served meet County Health standards. We invite you to experience why community centers are the heart of our districts! Key Words: Food

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Traditional Asian, Indian cultures contribute to stigmatization of mental illness
6/23/18 Teenagers get mixed messages about depression and anxiety, and it's hurting them. Many Indian and Asian parents grew up in a society where mental illness was not considered a health issue needing treatment, like a broken arm or leg. It is considered a matter of self-will. Traditional Asian values place importance on staying silent, saving face, suppressing emotions, obedience to authority, and academic excellence. Preserving the reputation of a family is prioritized over the needs of an individual, and presenting an image of perfection to the outside world is more important than resolving the issues or illness of a family member. Key Words: Counseling, Mental Health, Allies4

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VIET-112 Helpline
VIET-112 is a free, non emergency, information helpline for the Vietnamese community. VIVO staff and volunteers offer Information & Referrals to available programs and resources in Santa Clara County and the San Francisco Bay Area. 1-855-VIET112 (1-855-843-8112)

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Vietnamese American Community Symposium on Immigration
2/3/18 Over the last four decades, immigration policy has played a key role in shaping the Vietnamese diaspora throughout the United States. Every single person in our community can trace his or her roots back to a refugee from Vietnam, a sponsored relative, or a beneficiary of an immigration visa program. The growth of the Vietnamese American communities throughout this country would not be possible without asylum, refugee, and family-based immigration policies, which we have relied upon and benefited from. Yet these programs are now undergoing significant challenges under the current administration.

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211 Bay Area
211 Santa Clara County is a free, non-emergency, confidential, 3 digit phone number and online database service that provides streamlined 24/7 access to critical health and human services in 6 counties. Multi-language: over 170 languages Area: Counties of San Francisco, San Mateo, Napa, Marin, Santa Clara, and Solano. Key Words: food, housing, employment, health care, counseling, disaster

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Coalition Against Payday Lenders
The Coalition Against Payday Predators (CAPP) is a collaboration of community-based organizations working to limit the reckless financial practices of payday lenders in Santa Clara County. CAPP supports local payday lending controls ordinances that will stop further proliferation of payday lenders in cities in SCC and pave the way for better consumer lending alternatives. Information and Resources in English, Spanish, Tagalog Key Words: Loan, credit

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Mt. View Housing Helpline and Rent Stabilization
On November 8, 2016, the residents of the City of Mountain View voted to adopt Measure V, also known as the Community Stabilization and Fair Rent Act (CSFRA), to stabilize rents and provide just cause eviction protections for certain Rental Units in Mountain View. ffectiv Date 12/23/16. English Brochure | Spanish Brochure | Key Words: Housing

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SCC Mental Health Call Center
The Santa Clara County Mental Health Call Center is the centralized entry point for individuals who are seeking behavioral health services. In addition, to appointments and reverrals, the Call Center provides telephone crisis intervention response to callers in crisis, Phone: 1 (800) 704-0900 Hours: 24-hours, 7 days a week. KidConnections Network of Care Referral Process for children ages 0-5 and their families. Multi-Language: English, Mandarin Chinese, Spanish, Tagalog, Vietnamese , Other languages can be made available as needed. Key Words: ALLIES4

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Immigrant Rights, Responsibilities and Resources Guidebook of Santa Clara County (IRRG)
This guidebook came out of the Summit on Immigrant Needs and Contributions of Santa Clara County in December 2000. Resource information is currently being updated in English. Contains valuable information on immigrant rights and responsibilities in the United States. Key Words: Immigrant Integration, Education, SCC

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Knowledge of Immigrant Nationalities (KIN)
From July 1999 to June 2001 Santa Clara County conducted the most extensive assessment of the human needs of immigrants of any County in the US, Over 500 individuals: researchers, community members, university professors, social workers, non-profit agencies, county experts and activists were involved. Results from focus groups from SCC's 16 largest ethnic populations in 2000 were summarized in two publications: Bridging Borders in Silicon Valley and KIN: Knowledge of Immigrant Nationalities. Key Words: Bosnia, Cambodia, China, El Salvador, Ethiopia, India, Iran, Laos, Mexico, Nicaragua, Philippines, Russia, Somalia, South Korea, Taiwan, Vietnamese

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Mountain View City Multilingual Community Outreach Program
Since 1998, the City has provided a unique service to meet the needs of our growing and diverse community: the Multilingual Community Outreach Program.This program, unique in the Bay Area, provides City and community information to residents in four languages - English, Spanish , Chinese , and Russian - regarding City programs and services. In an effort to reach residents, particularly individuals who might not have access to traditional communication methods, the City provides multiple services. Multilingual information is provided on City Services, Community Emergency Response Training (CERT) classes, City events, housing, as well as mediation services and other topics, both in person and by phone at (650) 903-6145.

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New American Economy (NAE)
The Partnership for a New American Economy brings together more than 500 Republican, Democratic, and Independent mayors and business leaders united in making the economic case for streamlining, modernizing, and rationalizing our immigration system. This site contains research, reports and multi-media information demonstrating the contributions of Immigrants to the US economy and the need for immigration reform. 2016 report on New Americans in San Jose and Santa Clara County Key Words: OIR, SJ, SCC, demographics, mapping, disaster

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Thousands march in "Families Belong Together" rallies across Bay Area
6/30/18 Calling on President Donald Trump to reunite more than 2,000 immigrant children separated from their parents at the U.S.-Mexico border, Bay Area residents on Saturday joined hundreds of thousands of people across the nation to protest - some for the first time ever - a policy many say is a haunting reminder of America's darkest moments in history. Braving scorching heat, local protesters delivered a clear and loud message to the president: "families belong together."

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Bridging Borders In Silicon Valley Summit On Immigrant Needs And Contributions
The findings, results, and conclusions in this final report are the product of the hundreds of participants from state, county, and local governments, from educational institutions and schools, from non-profit agencies and religious institutions, from unions and community organizations, from business owners and ethnic chambers of commerce, and from immigrants and US-born citizens. Published In 2001 by the Santa Clara County Office of Human Relations, Key Words: SCC, Research

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