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Evanston is a Welcoming City

In December 2016, Mayor Elizabeth Tisdahl and City Council voted unanimously to reaffirm the City’s Welcoming City Ordinance. The City of Evanston welcomes diversity and believes that all individuals living in or visiting the city of Evanston should be treated fairly and with respect and dignity.

The Welcoming City Ordinance discourages unlawful discrimination and strongly supports the equal treatment of all individuals regardless of national origin. The City finds that achieving and maintaining a community that treats documented and undocumented immigrants with respect and dignity is in line with the public policy of the City and the principles upon which the United States was founded. The Ordinance will promote the general welfare of City of Evanston residents and visitors alike.

The Ordinance states that City officials, staff, and police shall not inquire about a person’s immigration status. It also states that no City agent or agency shall condition the provision of City of Evanston benefits, opportunities, or services on matters related to citizenship or immigration status unless required to do so by statute, federal regulation, or court decision.

Additionally, both Evanston/Skokie School District 65 and Evanston Township High School District 202 have passed resolutions declaring the districts a “safe haven” for immigrant students. These resolutions protect undocumented students and their families from federal immigration enforcement that is based solely on their immigration status.

Read the full text of the City's Welcoming City Ordinance. For additional questions or comments, please contact Savannah Clement, at sclement@cityofevanston.org, or 847-448-8679. To volunteer or donate, please visit Volunteer Evanston.

City Resources

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Evanston Public Library

Health and Human Services Department

Parks, Recreation and Community Services Department

Evanston Police Department

External Resources

Housing

Evanston Shelter and Soup Kitchen Schedule

Refugee Resettlement Agencies

Catholic Charities Refugee Resettlement Services

Heartland Alliance Refugee and Immigrant Community Services

RefugeeOne

World Relief

Legal Assistance

Heartland Alliance National Immigrant Justice Center (NIJC)

LAF - Legal Assistance Foundation

Chicago Legal Clinic

Justice for Our Neighbors

Health & Well-being

Erie Evanston-Skokie Health Center

Asian Human Services

Metropolitan Family Services

Presence Health

Trilogy Inc.

Human Rights and Immigration Assistance

Illinois Department of Human Rights

Cook County Commission on Human Rights

Illinois Coalition for Immigrant and Refugee Rights (ICIRR)

Open Communities

Employment Assistance

Illinois workNet

Youth Job Center

Upwardly Global

Education

Evanston/Skokie School District 65 Registration

Evanston Township High School District 202 Registration

Oakton Community College Continuing Education and Workforce Development

Additional Resources

 

 

 

Northwestern University Center for Forced Migration Studies (CFMS)

Howard Area Community Center

Upcoming Events

#WithRefugees 

Free & Open to the Public

WHEN: May 13, 2017, noon to 3 p.m.

WHERE: 2315, Kresge Hall, 1880 Campus Dr. (Map it)

Event description and website: https://artscircle.northwestern.edu/film/festival/northwestern-arts-withrefugees

A Celebration of Culture: World Refugee Day 2017 in Chicago

Free & Open to the Public

WHEN: June 18, 2017, 2 p.m. to 5 p.m.

THEATER EVENT: 4 p.m. to 5 p.m. (seating is limited and offered on a first come basis)

WHERE: Grand Army of the Republic Hall & Claudia Cassidy Theater

Chicago Cultural Center

78 E. Washington St. Chicago, IL, 60602

Hosted by a wide variety of community organizations and leading institutions along with the Department of Cultural Affairs and Special Events (DCASE), the half-day event connects and showcases Chicago’s rich traditions in food, language, art, literature, architecture, and design. The events will include an indoor “street fair” providing opportunities to connect with a large number of cultural experiences alongside performances and screenings of multi-media works.

Celebrating 15 Years of World Refugee Day in Chicago! 

Free & Open to the Public

WHEN: Thursday, June 22, noon to 1 p.m.

WHERE: Daley Bicentennial Plaza

337 E Randolph Dr, Chicago, IL, 60601

Join at Daley Plaza for a lunchtime cultural program including performances, artistic displays, speakers and resources that will showcase the collaborative talent among our vibrant refugee communities. 

Come hear from refugee residents about their experiences building new lives in our city! This is a great opportunity to learn more about what refugee communities bring to Chicago as well as ways you can be a better ally to refugees in your neighborhood.

Join for a day of honoring Chicago's refugee community! 

Free & Open to the Public

WHEN: Saturday, July 8, 11 a.m. to 3 p.m.

WHERE: Foster Beach, Chicago, IL

This annual event kicks off with a soccer tournament that begins at 9 am and continues throughout the day. Explore new foods, many of which will be prepared by members of the refugee community, as they hope to share some of their favorite things with friends. Music from around the world will entertain guests and give them another glimpse at the many ways Chicago's diverse refugee community contributes to our culture. 

This event could not be complete without the annual One Human Family rally and march where people come together in support of human rights and in recognition that we are all in this together, as one family. 

 

 Free & Open to the Public

WHEN: Thursday, June 22 at 12 PM - 1 PM
WHERE: Daley Bicentennial Plaza
337 E Randolph Dr, Chicago, Illinois 60601

 Free & Open to the Public

WHEN: Thursday, June 22 at 12 PM - 1 PM
WHERE: Daley Bicentennial Plaza
337 E Randolph Dr, Chicago, Illinois 60601

 Free & Open to the Public

WHEN: Thursday, June 22 at 12 PM - 1 PM
WHERE: Daley Bicentennial Plaza
337 E Randolph Dr, Chicago, Illinois 60601

 Free & Open to the Public

WHEN: Thursday, June 22 at 12 PM - 1 PM
WHERE: Daley Bicentennial Plaza
337 E Randolph Dr, Chicago, Illinois 60601

 Free & Open to the Public

WHEN: Thursday, June 22 at 12 PM - 1 PM
WHERE: Daley Bicentennial Plaza
337 E Randolph Dr, Chicago, Illinois 60601

 Free & Open to the Public
WHEN: Saturday, July 8 at 11 AM - 3 PM

WHERE: Foster Beach
Chicago, IL