This month, CRCL broadened its community engagement efforts by launching the first quarterly roundtable in New York City. Following the expanded demographic model, this new series of quarterly roundtables will include diverse ethnic groups and communities that CRCL regularly engages, along with various local grassroots organizations, interfaith coalitions, and ethnic advocacy groups. The U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) Manhattan office hosted the first roundtable, where CRCL senior leadership discussed immigration concerns and other relevant issues.
As the roundtable continues to develop, CRCL will bring other DHS and Federal partners to the table in efforts to further build relationships with local communities. To cover New York City’s geographic expanse, CRCL will hold two roundtables each quarter in different locations across the city’s five boroughs, an element that will be unique to NYC.
CRCL leads quarterly roundtables in 15 cities and metropolitan areas across the country with community leaders and Federal, state and local government officials. These roundtables bring together American Arab, Muslim, South Asian, Middle Eastern, Somali, Sikh, Latino, and Asian/Asian Pacific Islander communities to address concerns related to homeland security and civil rights and civil liberties.