ICS strongly advocates for immigrant and refugee rights and is a key player in the debate for comprehensive reform of our immigration system: one that secures our borders and regularizes the status of the estimated 12 million undocumented immigrants, 55,000 of whom are Irish. The center believes in coalition building and is a member of the nationally renowned Illinois Coalition of Immigrant and Refugee Rights; an umbrella group representing over 100 immigrant groups in IL.
Founded in 1922, the Polish American Association (PAA) is the nation's only human services organization providing a comprehensive range of bilingual and bicultural services to the Polish community and others in need. The mission of the Polish American Association, a human service agency, is to serve the diverse needs of the Polish community in the Chicago metro area by providing resources for changing lives, with emphasis on assisting immigrants. Through its 28 programs and services PAA is providing clients with the resources for changing their lives and enhancing their ability to become contributing members of our community.