City of Immigrants

by * Curtis Black

[November 2007]

Chicago has always been a city of immigrants, and the distinctive ethnic flavors of its neighborhoods are among its strongest attractions. Following large migrations of Irish and Germans in the 1840s and ’50s, the city was one-half foreign born in 1860, and with Southern and Eastern Europeans flocking here subsequently, by 1890, 79 percent of Chicagoans had been born abroad.

As the Encyclopedia of Chicago History points out, travelling down Halsted Street from its northern point in 1920 meant encountering neighborhoods that were distinctly Swedish, then German, followed by Little Sicily, Greektown, Jewish Maxwell Street, Bohemian Pilsen, Irish Bridgeport, Lithuanians in Back of the Yards and more Irish in Englewood.

The native-born establishment reacted with hostility, in 1855 electing an anti-immigrant “Know-Nothing” mayor who banned immigrants from all city jobs; but Chicagoans later supported the German-born reformer John Peter Altgeld as governor in 1893; and Anton Cermak, native of Bohemia, put together the modern Democratic Party in the ’20s, joining Irish and Eastern Europeans with African Americans. Mayor “Big Bill” Thompson taunted Cermak as a “Bohunk” before Cermak defeated him in 1931.

The Chicago area continues to attract immigrants from all over the world. In recent decades the number of immigrants from Mexico has climbed steadily, especially from the state of Michoacan; after Mexico, Poland and India send the largest numbers. The highest concentration of newcomers in the metropolitan area is on Chicago’s far north side, a port of entry for Africans, Asians and South Asians, Latinos and Eastern Europeans.

But the 2000 Census was the first time there were more immigrants counted in the suburbs than in the city. Recent numbers show 984,000 immigrants (including 459,000 naturalized citizens) in suburban Cook and the collar counties, compared to 590,000 in Chicago. As demographer Rob Paral notes, Latinos have settled in older suburbs like Cicero and Berwyn, on a century-old path from Pilsen west, and in older satellite cities ringing Chicago – Waukegan, Elgin, Aurora, Joliet – which have become ports of entry in their own right. Northwest Cook suburbs near O’Hare and DuPage County are receiving immigrants of Asian and European origin.

More affluent areas receiving foreign-born professionals have incorporated them relatively smoothly, but declining working-class towns receiving (and often being revived by) working-class Latinos have often reacted with hostility and fear, sometimes deploying selective enforcement of housing codes and passing discriminatory ordinances. In the 1990s Cicero, Waukegan, and Addison entered court settlements after they were sued by the Justice Department for anti-Latino housing policies. Recent anti-immigrant measures in Carpentersville and Waukegan have attracted attention as part of a nationwide backlash against proposed immigration reform.

In fact most immigrants come here legally; about 31 percent of immigrants to Illinois during the 1990s are estimated to have lacked legal documentation (amounting to some 432,000 Illinois residents in 2000) including as much as 75 percent of Mexican immigrants. Studies by Paral and others (for example: pdf)have attributed this to a complete disconnect between U.S. immigration policy and the demands of the U.S. economy (more at

Immigrant groups have marched in great numbers in support of immigration reform, and they have mobilized for statewide measures like access to drivers licences and higher education. Meanwhile they are working with the state’s New Americans Initiative promoting citizenship, and immigrant rights groups have registered tens of thousands of new voters in recent years – with the warning that the days when anti-immgrant demogoguery is an effective electoral strategy are numbered. Altgeld and Cermak would be proud.


Illinois Coalition for Immigrant and Refugee Rights, 312-332-7360,; Joshua Hoyt, executive director; Catherine Salgado ( communication associate, 312-332-7360 ext. 35

ICIRR’s New Americans Democracy Project encourages civic participation by registering new citizens to vote and getting out the vote. 18 New Americans Democracy Fellows, full-time field organizers, were given intensive training in community organizing, voter registration and GOTV and placed in communities around the state of Illinois.

Coalition of African, Asian, European, & Latino Immigrants of Illinois, 4300 N. Hermitage, 773-248-1019,; Dale Asis ( executive director, Isabel Anadon ( communications director

Enlaces America, 312-660-1460,; Amy Shannon, interim director, 312-660-1327,

A support center for Latino and Caribbean organizations which connect immigrants here with their home countries, helping community leaders impact domestic and international policy in areas such as immigration reform and economic development

Asian American Institute, 4753 N. Broadway, 773-271-0899,; Tuyet Le, executive director,

Advocacy, research, education, coalition building toward empowerment of this diverse and often overlooked community of 473,000 including Americans of Bangladeshi, Cambodian, Chinese, Filipino, Hmong, Indian, Indonesian, Japanese, Korean, Laotian, Pakistani, That, Tibetan and Vietnamese descent.

Council of Islamic Organizations of Greater Chicago, 312-506-0070,; Abdul Malik Mujahid, chair (, Nazeesh YarKhan, media contact (

A federation of 50 mosques, schools, civic and professional organizations representing over 400,000 Musim Americans in the area, bringing together immigrants and indigenous Muslims, mainly African American, and reaching out to other communities

Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR-Chicago), 312-212-1520,; Ahmed Rehab, executive director; Summaiya Muhammad, media contact, 773-865-3899 |

Works on civil rights, political empowerment, media monitoring, and community outreach

March 10 Movement/Movimiento 10 de Marza,;
Jorge Mujica, 773-852-8815, Omar Lopez, 773-807-0340.

The broad coalition that has sponsored the massive May Day demonstrations for two years and worked with national immigration reform coalitions.

Faith and Justice Leadership Alliance. Contacts include Rev. Albert D. Tyson III of Clergy Speaks Interdenominationally, 312-432-9316,; Rev. Larry Dowling of Priests For Justice for Immigrants, 773-522-3050, (also Juan Salgado of Institute del Progreso Latino and Alie Kaba of United African Organization; see below for contact info).

Brings together religious and community leaders from African-American and immigrant communities to work on education, housing, criminal justice, and immigration issues

National Immigrant Justice Center, 312-660-1370,; Mary Meg McCarthy, director, 312-660-1351,; Tara Magner, policy director, 312-660-1363,

Sponsored by the Heartland Alliance, NIJC provides direct legal services for immigrants, and monitors human rights conditions and abuses; offices in the Loop, Pilsen, Waukegan, and Berwyn-Cicero

Metropolitan Sanctuary Alliance, Martha Pierce, 773-293-3680,

Working with area congregations interested in providing support, accompaniment, and “prophetic hospitality” to immigrant families facing deportation, part of national New Sanctuary Movement


Typically offering ESL, citizenship classes and immigration assistance, translation assistance with public agencies; job training and placement; senior, youth, health services; often supporting development projects (and disaster relief) in home countries

Arab American Action Network, 773-436-6060,, Hatem Abudayyeh, executive director; Suzanne Adely, community organizer

Published a comprehensive survey of Chicago’s Arab community in 1998 (150,000 people of Arab descent in the metropolitan area)

Assyrian National Council of Illinois, 773-262-5589;,, Isho Lilou, executive director

Helps Assyrian immigrants and war refugees from Iraq, Iran, Syria, Lebanon, Jordan, and Turkey – estimated at over 80,000 Assyrians in metro Chicago (with ten Assyrian churches and 300 Assyrian-owned businesses)

Bosnian-Herzogovinian American Community Center, 773-989-4381

Illinois is home to nearly 50,000 Bosnian refugees, the largest concentration in the country

Cambodian Association of Illinois, 773-878-7090,, Kompha Seth, executive director

Serving 7,000 Cambodians in Illinois, 5,000 of them in Chicago; sponsors Children’s Cambodian Cultural Dance Troupe and hosts annual Cambodian New Year celebration in April

Casa Aztlan, 312- 666-5508,, Carlos Arango, executive director

Casa Guatemala, 773-407-1245,, Contact: Sylvia Muralles

Centro Romero, 773-508-5300,, Daisy Funes, executive director, Susana Salgado-Aparicio, NAI outreach coordinator; Evelyn Madrid, community organizer

Founded 1982 by Salvadoran refugees, providing assistance with basic food, housing, job, and immigration needs; also ESL, domestic violence, academic support for immigrant and refugee children

Centro Sin Fronteras, 773-836-8383,, Emma Lozano, executive director

Chicago Celts for Immigration Reform, Billia Lawless, chairman, 773-294-8009, Clodagh Murphy, secretary, 773-890-9835,

Chinese American Service League, 312-791-0418,, Esther Wong, executive director

Largest and most comprehensive social service agency for Chinese Americans in the Midwest, serving more than 15,000 clients annually primarily in Chinatown, Armour Square and Bridgeport areas

Chinese Mutual Aid Association, 773-784-2900,, media contact: Art Nichol (another office is in Westmont, 630-455-0064)

Conference of Mexican Federations, CONFEMEX is comprised of nine state federations, each a network of hometown associations and clubs (such as Casa Michoacan, 1638 S. Blue Island, which has hosted the March 10 Movement); Contact Claudio Lucero (773-858-3295).

Ethiopian Community Association, 773-728-0303, Erku Yimer, executive director

Filipino American Council of Greater Chicago is based in the Jose P. Rizal Heritage Center, 1332 W. Irving Park,, contact Renee Abella, 773-281-1210

Alliance of Filipinos for Immigrant Rights and Empowerment, contact Jerry Clarito, 847-568-9338, (Clarito is also a leader of Filipino Civil Rights Advocates)

Friends of Refugees of Eastern Europe, 2935 W. Devon, 60659, 773-274-5123

Social and vocational services for Russian Jews.

Haitian American Community Association,, Edgar Papillon, president, 773-764-2209

HACA provides employment services, assistance immigration issues, translation services, immigration and food assistance, family services and HIV prevention education

Haitian Congress to Fortify Haiti, contact: Lionel Jean-Baptiste (, 847-424-0400. Jean-Baptiste is also an Evanston alderman. The Congress aims to strengthen Haitians here and in Haiti. The group works with the Haitian Consulate ( and a range of local community groups and charities – such as Progressive Haitian American Organization, Concerned Haitian Americans of Illinois ( and the DuSable Heritage Association ( – to commemorate Haitian Independence Day, January 1. HCFC is working to include Haitians as a group to be counted in the 2010 census.

Hebrew Immigrant Aid Society,, contact Susan Wexler, 312-357-4666

Helping persecuted and oppressed people around the world, Jewish and non-Jewish, find countries of safe haven

Indo-American Center,, Vikram Sanghani, executive director,, 773-973-4444

Inner City Muslim Action, 773-434-4626,, Rami Nashashibi, executive director; Kauthar Umar, communications director

Young Muslims who interpret the religion’s obligation to charity as a call to social activism around poverty and justice issues, sponsoring a free health clinic and transitional housing for ex-offenders as well as street festivals and spoken word cafes

Institute for Mexicans Abroad, www.ime.gob.mex, Omar Lopez, 773-807-0340. An official agency of the Mexican government, with two elected consejeros in Chicago

Japanese American Citizens League,, Megan Nakano, president, 773-728-7170

Works to protect the civil rights of Japanese Americans and others. Megan Nakano is president.

Japanese American Service Committee, 773-275-0097, Jean M. Fujiu, executive director.

Founded to serve 30,000 Japanese-Americans relocated to Chicago after WWII internment camps were closed, JASC marked its 60th anniversary in 2007

Korean American Community Services,, contact Chung Hwa Lee, 773-583-5501

Korean American Resource and Cultural Center, 773-506-9158,, Becky Belcore, executive director (

Korean American Senior Center, Paul Yun, executive director, 773-478-8851

Latino Organization of the Southwest, 773-925-0397, Hector Rico, executive director,

Latinos Progresando,, Luis Luis Gutierrez, executive director, 312-850-0572

Pilsen-based nonprofit provides immigration and legal services, advocacy and organizing around immigration issues, and community education and leadership development

Lao American Community Services, contact: Somlith Visaysouk, 773- 271-0004

Midwest Asian American Center, 773-262-8650, Ms. Vandana Dalal, executive director,

Pakistan-American Association, Skokie, contact: Sadruddin Noorani, 847-675-7866

Pakistan Federation of America, 2323 W. Devon (mailing address: PO Box 60101, Chicago 60660), contact: Hameed Khan, 773-338-3492, 773-556-9993

Pan-African Association, 773-381-9723,, Patrick Augustin, executive director

Serves immigrants and refugees of African descent, including Haitians; a recent special focus is Somalian refugees.

Polish American Association, 773-282-8206,, Agnes Lipowicz, media contact, ext. 304

South-East Asia Center, 773-989-6927,, contact: San O

Serves immigrants and refugees from China, Vietnam, Laos, Cambodia and the Philippines, and other residents of Uptown-Edgewater; staff speak Chinese dialects, Tagalog, Vietnamese, Hindi, Gujarti, Korean, Japanese, Thai/Lao, Russian, Latvian, German, Spanish, French and other languages

One of their three buildings was constructed by community members who dug the foundation by hand and carried 15,000 used bricks by hand. Today through the same community spirit and creativity SEAC runs 13 groundbreaking programs in 12 sites with a staff of over 20 and over 100 volunteers.

United African Organization, 1-866-363-0333; Alie Kabba, president,; 312-808-9560,

UAO joins together groups representing immigrants from (Tanzania), (Uganda), (Kenya), (Zimbabwe), (Ghana, Sierra Leone, Ethiopia, Nigeria, Liberia, Rwanda, Ivory Coast, Mali, Togo, Sudan, Guinea, Cameroon, Egypt, and Senegal – among the 100,000 African immigrants in the Chicago area (with Nigeria, then Ghana and Ethiopia, contributing the most) – around an agenda of social justice here and human rights, health and development in Africa; the group is raising the profile of Africans in the immigrants rights movement.

Vietnamese Association of Illinois, 773-728-3700,, executive director, Phu Pham

Serving 30,000 community members in Illinois


Centro Communitario Juan Diego, 8812 S. Commercial, 773-731-0109, Olivia Hernandez, executive director, Rosa Perea, media contact.

Founded by Mexican women to address problems of access to health care, Centro Juan Diego trains community members to be health promoters – especially HIV activists – and does training and support in human rights, labor rights and immigration rights.

Community organizations serving neighborhoods with large immigrant populations; working on schools, housing, and safety as well as immigration issues. Some serve neighborhoods that have changed in recent decades from predominantly Eastern European to Latino:

Back of the Yards Neighborhood Council, 1751 W. 47th, 60609, 773-523-4419,, Patrick Salmon, president

Brighton Park Neighborhood Council, 4477 S. Archer, 60632, 773-523-7110,, Alex Poeter, executive director

Logan Square Neighborhood Association, 2840 N. Milwaukee, 60618, 773-384-4370,, Nancy Aardema, executive director

Northwest Neighborhood Federation, 3101 N. Parkside, 60634, 773-889-9300,, Gloria Pinto, executive director

Some serve neighborhoods with immigrants from many continents, speaking multiple – sometimes dozens – of languages.

Albany Park Neighborhood Council, 4419 N. Kedzie, 60625, 773-583-1387,,, Jenny Arwade, executive director; Raul Botello, lead organizer; Prateek Sampat, New Americans Initiative organizer

Organization of the Northeast, 1207 W. Leland, 60640, 773-769-3232,, Sarah Jane Knoy executive director; Jamiko Rose, Immigrant Strategy Team

Southwest Organizing Project, 2609 W. 63rd, Chicago 60629, 773-471-8208, Jeff Bartow, executive director,

BLOCKS TOGETHER works on neighborhood issues and seeks to bridge divisions between Latinos and blacks in West Humboldt Park

Blocks Together, 3914 W. North, 60647, 773-276-2194,, Irene Juaniza, executive director, Jennifer Dillon, organizer, Martine Caverl, youth organizer

Two national organizing projects which bring together immigrant and non-immigrant communities, around neighborhood issues and immigration reform

ACORN, 650 S. Clark, 60605, 312-939-7488,, Madeline Talbott, head organizer,

National Training and Information Center, 800 N. Milwaukee, Chicago 60622,, 312-243-3035, Joseph Mariano, executive director


Association House, Erie Neighborhood House, and Gads Hill Center are old settlement houses which assisted Eastern European immigrants in the past century and continue providing comprehensive social services for new immigrants.

Association House, 1116 N. Kedzie, 60651, 773-772-7170,, Harriet Sadauskas, executive director

Erie Neighborhood House, 1701 W. Superior, 60622, 312-563-5800, Ricardo Estrada, executive director, Corinne Reynolds, communications director (

Gads Hill Center, 1919 W. Cullerton, 60608, 312-226-0963, www.gadshillcenter
Barbara Castellan, CEO

Founded 1898, has served Irish, German, Czech, Bohemian and since WWII Mexican immigrants, first as a settlement house, later as social service agency

Instituto del Progreso Latino, 2570 S. Blue Island, 60608, www.idplorg, Juan Salgado, executive director, Maria Gomez Bahena, media contact, 773-890-0655 (

Provides workforce development – with career centers in Pilsen, Little Village, Back of Yards – and the largest citizenship education program in the state, as well as youth programming – including the Rudy Lozano Leadership Academy (part of Youth Connections Charter Schools)


East Central Illinois Refugee Mutual Assistance Center, 302 Birch, Urbana, IL 61801, 217-344-8455,; Contact: Deborah Hlavna

Aids resettlement of refugees and immigrants – many from Africa, Vietnam, Laos, Eastern Europe and the Middle East – with services including job placement, orientation, translators, counseling and advocates for refugees; native language tutors for children and ESL; and assistance in obtaining green cards and citizenship.

Centro de Informacion, 28 N. Grove, Elgin, 60120, 847-695-9050,, Shari Huizar, executive director

Founded in 1972, the only Hispanic social service agency in Kane County provides counseling, bilingual advocacy, immigration and naturalization services, family and youth programs for Hispanics in the Fox Valley area, including Kane, McHenry, DuPage Counties and NW Cook County

Community Defense Foundation, Aurora, contact Lourdes Espinosa, 630-201-5965,

Promotes immigration rights and labor rights

Interfaith Leadership Project, 1510 S. 49th Ct., Cicero 60804, 708-652-7711, Cris Pope, exec. director

Traditional Alinsky-style community organizing project in Cicero and Berwyn, with a range of issues and services (education, afterschool, immigration, citizenship); a recen t drive recruited 3000 residents to complete citizenship application process; has worked on issues of blight, school crowding, corruption, and targeted harassment by selective housing inspections

League of United Latin American Citizens of Illinois, 2135 S. Laramie, Cicero; contact Blanca Vargas, 708-207-1704. Local office of the largest and oldest Hispanic organization in the nation, with local councils in Aurora, Berwyn, Cicero, Elgin-Carpentersville, Melrose Park, Rockford, Galesburg, Granite City, and several Chicago neighborhoods

Coalition for West Suburban Immigrants and Refugees of Illinois, Aurora, Erik Burgos, 630-236-6380

Holy Family Parish, 450 Keller, Waukegan, 60085, 847-623-2655,, Rev. Gary Graf is pastor, Carmen Patlan is director for human concerns

Illinois Coalition for Immigrant and Refugee Rights 10th Congressional District organizer, based in Wuakegan, is Ricardo Rosas, 847-338-6219

Community Health Partnership of Illinois, 203 N. Wabash Ste. 300, 60601, 312-795-0000,, Susan Bauer executive director

Operates health centers in Aurora, Hoopeston, Mendota, Momence and Woodstock for migrant and seasonal farmworkers

Spanish Center, 309 N. Eastern Ave., Joliet, 60432, 815-727-3683;; executive director, Louis Nelson

Citizenship, ESL, employment and immigration services, food pantry, daycare, preschool, kindergarten, summer camp for Spanish speaking people and others from Will County and surrounding area.

Illinois Migrant Council, 28 E. Jackson #1600, 60604, 312-663-1522,, Eloy Salazare, executive director

Promotes employment and educational opportunities for migrant and seasonal farmworkers and their families to help them achieve economic self-sufficiency and stability

Family Focus, 555 Benton St. Aurora 60505, 630-844-2550, Gonzalo Arroyo, executive director

Comprehensive support center for Spanish-speaking families, with job services, classes in ESL, GED, health and immigration, and advocacy on housing, health care and immigration matters

Centro Cristo Rey – Immigrant Family Center, Aurora, Bertha Manzo, executive director, 630-851-6807

Latino Engagement Community Council, Aurora, executive director Fernando Chapa, 630-898-5060,, sponsors youth programs

Hispanic Civic Alliance, Aurora, Greg Salgado, president, 630-742-8282. In 2007 HCA held Aurora’s first Cinco de Mayo festival – 100 years after the first Mexican-Americans settled there

Immigration Project, PO Box 753, Granite City, IL 62040, 618-452-7018, Marti Jones, executive director. Legal services.

La Voz Latina, 412 Market St., Rockford 61107, 815-965-5784, Patricia Gomez, executive director (, Liza Grisales-Buell, director of communications (

Educational and social services

Casa Guanajuato Mexican Cultural Center, 133 4th Ave, Moline, 309-736-7727

A cultural and community center founded with the assistance of the city of Guanajuato in Mexico offering educational and cultural programs for the Quad City region; the center’s social justice committee provides advocacy, translation, and referrals


Chinatown Chamber of Commerce, 2196B S. China Place, 60616, 312-326-5320,

Guatemalan Chamber of Commerce, 2814 N. Kedzie, 60618, 773-227-7330

Latin American Chamber of Commerce, 3512 W. Fullerton, 60647, 773-252-9650,

Little Village Chamber of Commerce, 3610 W. 26th, 60623, 773-521-5387,, Martha De La Vega, executive director

Philippine Chamber of Commerce, 1332 West Irving Park, 60613, 773-325-9650,

Pilsen Chamber of Commerce, 1801 S. Ashland, 60608, 312-733-7651

Polish American Chamber of Commerce, 4800 N. Milwaukee Ste. 206, 60630, 773-205-1998,

Labor Council for Latin American Advancement, Chicago Metro Chapter, 560 W. Lake, 60661,, Ramon Becerra, president, 312-388-0632,

Metro Chapter of LCLAA, which is affiliated with the AFL-CIO, covers Cook County and six collar counties, with chapters in Waukegan, Aurora, Mundelein, and elsewhere; recently prominent organizing against anti-immigrant initiatives in Waukegan, and in support for Latino workers on strike at Fox Valley Forge in Aurora

Latino Union, 1619 W. 19th, 60608, 312-491-9044; Albany Park Workers Center, 3416 W. Bryn Mawr, 60659, 773-588-2641; Jessica Aranda, director

Organizes street corner day laborers

Chicago Interfaith Workers Rights Center, 1020 W. Bryn Mawr, 60660, 773-728-8400, Contact Adam Kader

One of 17 workers centers for low-wage and immigrant workers (including ROC-NY, the restaurant organizing committee) affiliated with the National Network of Worker Centers sponsored by Interfaith Workers Justice and the AFL-CIO

Chicago Workers Collaborative, 773-230-0331, Miriam Perez, day labor organizer

San Lucas Workers Center, 2914 W. North,, Ari Glazer, organizer, 773-573-6633

Organizes workers at day labor agencies


Sioban Albiol, DePaul University College of Law, 312-362-8292, Former director of the Midwest Immigrant and Human Rights Center; instructor in DePaul’s Asylum/Immigration Clinic

Anghesom Atsbaha, Truman College, 773-907-4067, An Eritrean-American, Atsbaha teaches African history and international relations and is active in Chicago’s African community

Louise Cainkar, Senior Research Fellow, UIC Great Cities Institute, 312-355-1224, Author of AAAN’s 1998 survey of the Chicago area Arab community, Cainkar is writing on the impact of 9/11 on the Arab/Muslim community of greater Chicago and has been studying the Islamization of the area’s Arab community, a well as [L={24F479F3-1654-447E-9B41-0367D6FFB152}]the capacity of American Islamic institutions to provide services to low-income Muslims (for the Annie E. Casey Foundation)[EL]

Nilda Flores Gonzales, sociology, UIC, 312-996-6886, Studying recent immigrant rights mobilizations, as well as youth activism and media criminalization of inner-city schools.

Susan Gzesh, Director of the Human Rights Program, University of Chicago, 773-702-9455, Former counsel to the Embassy of Mexico on immigration matters, also worked with migrant farmworkers in Michigan and Minnesota and with immigrants and refugees in Chicago; specializes in labor rights and human rights of immigrants and refugees

Xiochang (Mike) Jin, research director of the Center for Labor and Community Research, 773-278-5418. Formerly a teacher at East China Normal University in Shanghai, Jin has surveyed day laborers in Chicago.

Kiljoong Kim, research director at Egan Urban Center and sociologist at DePaul, 773-325-4957, Specialist in analysis of census data, has written on Chicago’s Korean-American community; also offers off-beat takes on immigration and demographic topics at

John Koval, DePaul University sociologist, has conducted an assessment of needs and assets of the Latino community in Berwyn-Cicero and is currently studying changes in Chicago over the last four decades. 773-325-4434,

Anthony Orum, sociology, UIC, 312-996-3015,, author of a study of recent immigration settlement in Chicago, From Immigration Assimilation to Metropolitan Regeneration and Transformation.

Rob Parrel (, 773-278-5418, Independent author and consultant; his work often focuses on immigrant, Latino and Asian communities. Recent studies have looked at the economic contributions of immigrants in Illinois (replacing the aging and shrinking native workforce), the shift of immigrant populations shift to the suburbs, immigrant women, and immigrant voters.

Sylvia Puente, director, Center for Metropolitan Chicago Initiatives at the Institute for Latino Studies, University of Notre Dame, 708-788-6109,

D. Garth Taylor, president of Metro Chicago Information Center, which offers studies of regional and community data, has recently written on the path to citizenship; 312-580-2878,

Maria de los Angeles Torres, director, Latin American and Latino Studies, UIC, 312-996-2445,, studies Cuba and its exiles as well as Latino politics in the U.S.


Illinois Resource Center, Arlington Heights,; Josie Yanguas, director, 224-366-8555,

Educational and professional development programs for teachers and administrators serving English language learners


Alivio Medical Centerd, 966 W. 21st St., 60608?312-829-6303, Carmen Velasquez, executive director. A bilingual, bicultural non-profit community health center serving the uninsured and underinsured in the predominantly Mexican, Latino communities of Pilsen, Little Village, Heart of Chicago, Back of the Yards, Lower West and southwest Chicago.

Arab American Family Services, 5440 W. 87 th, Burbank, IL 70459, 708-229-2314; contact: Itedal Shalab

Hamdard Center for Health and Human Services, 1542 W. Devon, Chicago 60660, 773-465-4600, (with offices in Addison, Woodale, Bridgeview, Palos Hills, and SW Side)

Multilingual, multicultural social and health service agency serving South Asian, Middle Eastern and Bosnian communities of Illinois, with primary health care and mental health services along with a domestic violence shelter, transitional jousing, senior care and child welfare serviceds

Marjorie Kovler Center for the Treatment of Survivors of Torture, 1331 W. Albion, sponsored by the Heartland Alliance. Aaron Spevacek, director, 312-381-4070,


Apna Ghar, 4753 N. Broadway,, Aparna Sen, executive director, 773-334-0173

Korean American Women in Need, PO Box 59133, Chicago 60659,, 773-583-0880

Mujeres Latinas en Accion, 2124 W. 21st,, Maria Pesquereia, President and CEO, 773-890-7676

Muslim Women Resource Center, 6355 N. Claremont,, Sima Quraishi, executive director, 773-764-1686

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