New Immigrant Community Empowerment

71-21 Roosevelt Ave
Jackson Heights NY 11372
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  • Mon: 7am-3pm
  • Tue: 7am-3pm
  • Wed: 7am-3pm
  • Thu: 7am-3pm
  • Fri: 7am-3pm

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New Immigrant Community Empowerment (NICE) is a community-based, non-profit organization that works to ensure that new immigrants can build social, political and economic power in their communities and beyond. NICE envisions a world where all people -regardless of status- live and work with dignity and justice NICE was founded in 1999 when local activists came together in response to anti-immigrant billboards posted by the racist Project USA in the borough of Queens. After launching a successful campaign to take down the billboards, NICE made a name for itself through its Government Access and Accountability Program. The Program worked to institutionalize a uniform system for meaningful dialogue between local government officials and all constituents, regardless of wealth, legal status, or voting history. The organization also worked extensively on post-September 11th hate crime backlash by organizing a hate crime rapid response system, improving the identification and prosecution of hate crimes, and increasing civil rights education and awareness among newcomer communities. NICE consistently managed to mobilize a broad base of immigrants around issues of hate-crime prevention, language access, non-citizen voting, and immigrant civic engagement over the years.