APRIL 2002
Web Resources

• Immigration and Naturalization Service

• The New York City Mayor's Office Of Immigrant Affairs and Language Services

• Citizenship NYC

• New York Immigration Hotline

• National Immigration Forum

• Genealogical Resources in the New York Metropolitan Area


• ACLU Immigrants Rights Project

• America Immigration Lawyers Association and the American Immigration Law Foundation

• Lesbian and Gay Immigration Rights Task Force

• Glossary

Local: General

• Archdiocese of New York Immigrant and Refugee Services

• Asian American Federation of New York

• Hebrew Immigrant Aid Society

• New York Alliance for New Americans

• The New York Immigration Coalition

Local: Specific

• Alianza Dominicana

• American-Bangladeshi Friendship Association

• Asian Americans for Equality

• Asian American Legal Defense and Education Fund


• Chinese Progressive Association

• Emerald Isle Immigration Center of New York

• Korean Community Services of Metropolitan New York

• National Association of Korean Americans

• National Coalition for Haitian Rights


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• January 2002
• February 2002
• March 2002



Louima Watch

From Haitian Times
March 13-19, 2002
By Macollvie Jean-François

BROOKLYN - A small, yet tenacious contingent of community leaders remain vigilant on the Abner Louima case by organizing meetings and events to improve relations between the police and the communities they serve.

A Feb. 28 court reversal of an officer's conviction rekindled a fire that was left smothering after three cops were found guilty of participating in the 1997 brutal beating of Louima

The week of March 4 was a busy one for community activists who held a vigil and met with senior court officials. Community leaders also attended the bail hearing of Charles Schwarz, the police officer set free after a panel of judges overturned his conviction.

Louima, after a nine-month long silence that left some in the community feeling unappreciated, pledged his support for groups seeking an irrevocable conviction for the former police officers. Louima, who received an $8.75 million settlement from the Patrolmen's Benevolent Association in July, now resides in Miami Lakes, Fla.

Community group members sat in the courtroom of U.S. District Judge Reena Raggi on March 7 as she set Schwarz's bail at $1 million, on condition that he stays within the five boroughs and remains at a house in an undisclosed suburb until his retrial in June 24. The judge accepted the equity of Schwarz' mother's house, valued at $385,000 as collateral for the bail.

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