Advocating for Immigrant Integration: OneAmerica's Washington New Americans Initiative

Over the past decade, immigrant rights organizations in several states seized the opportunity to shift their advocacy efforts from a narrow focus on reform of the nation’s immigration laws to a broader platform of improved immigrant integration into American society. This meant an expansion of policy focus into all aspects of immigrant life, including education, health care, and employment opportunities. To accomplish this, immigrant rights organizations had to devise new strategies to advocate for change at the level of state government. This is the story of one such organization’s effort to advance the interests of immigrant communities through effective public policy advocacy.

The Northwest Area Foundation provided funding, which enabled the Evans School to prepare this case, along with two others, evaluating nonprofit management challenges.