Katz Unveils Immigrant Services Directory

 Borough President Melinda Katz announced the latest edition of the borough immigrant services director. // Photo courtesy of Borough Hall

Borough President Melinda Katz announced the latest edition of the borough immigrant services director. // Photo courtesy of Borough Hall

By David Brand

Borough President Melinda Katz announced the release of the latest edition of the Queens Directory of Immigrant Services Friday.

The directory contains nearly 100 non-profit organizations and agencies that provide assistance to immigrants in Queens.

“We are a nation of immigrants, and Queens is about all of our families’ futures,” Katz said. “Immigrants make up nearly half of our borough’s 2.3 million residents and contribute tremendously to the economic, social, cultural and civic life of our borough.”

In a statement, Katz’ office said the directory is intended to reach people and organizations that work with immigrants, such as schools, health care facilities, community boards, library branches other community-based organizations. The directory is also geared to individual residents.

The directory provides contact information for organizations and agencies, the types of programs and services offered, fee structure and a list of the languages spoken by staff.

Katz said the organizations and agencies offer a wide variety of programs and services, including ESL and civics classes, citizenship assistance and legal advice.

“The members of my Immigration Task Force, who advocate tirelessly on behalf of tens of thousands of immigrants each year, deserve to be commended for their contributions to this Queens Directory of Immigrant Services,” Katz said. “Thanks to their efforts, the Directory contains a wealth of useful information that will help our neighbors thrive here in ‘The World’s Borough’.”