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NEW RESOURCE: Guide for Immigrant Youth [Bilingual]

By August 11, 2008One Comment

To download a copy in English: /wp-content/uploads/sites/70/2008/08/youth-handbook-eng.pdf

To download a copy in Korean: /wp-content/uploads/sites/70/2008/08/youth-handbook-kor.pdf

HyunJoo Lee, NAKASEC, 323.937.3703 ext 202
Sally Kinoshita, ILRC, 415.255.9499 ext 546

New Resource Available: Living in the United States – Guide for Immigrant Youth

The National Korean American Service & Education Consortium (NAKASEC) is excited to have partnered with the Immigrant Legal Resource Center (ILRC) to make available the ILRC’s “Living in the United States: A Guide for Immigrant Youth” to the Korean American community. While it is difficult to state the exact number of undocumented Korean American youth, the Department of Homeland Security estimates that 1 in 5 Korean Americans are undocumented.

The guide includes critical information ranging from how to get a green card, knowing your rights as immigrants and what to do when your status is questioned, working in the United States, and how to attend college as an undocumented student.

“The undocumented Korean American youth that we work with through our youth groups in Los Angeles, Chicago, and Flushing have one thing in common – their dreams and futures are embedded in the United States. By translating and promoting this guide to the Korean American community, we continue our commitment to ensuring that our community does not feel alone and are empowered by knowledge of the system and their rights,” said HyunJoo Lee, National Organizing Coordinator.

“If immigrant youth do not know their immigration status and do not understand how immigration issues can impact them, they can jeopardize their future in the United States and stability forever. By creating this resource for the Korean community, we hope Korean immigrant youth will seek opportunities available to them while avoiding the pitfalls that may result in serious problems with the immigration authorities.” stated Sally Kinoshita, Deputy Director at ILRC.

To obtain a copy of the translated guide in Korean, please visit either or

NAKASEC or the National Korean American Service & Education Consortium is a national consortium of non-profit organizations based in Los Angeles, Chicago, and New York. The centers sought to empower and improve the lives of Korean Americans as part of a greater goal of building a national movement for social change. NAKASEC is a multi-issue civil and human rights organization. We promote equitable changes to the political and legislative systems through a combination of education and policy advocacy with grassroots organizing and community mobilization. NAKASEC has actively worked for the passage of the DREAM Act since 2002 and is currently working to protect access to public education at K-12 and postsecondary levels.

ILRC or the Immigrant Legal Resource Center is a national non-profit resource center that provides legal trainings, educational materials, and advocacy to advance immigrant rights. The mission of the ILRC is to work with and educate immigrants, community organizations, and the legal sector to continue to build a democratic society that values diversity and the rights of all people. For more information about the ILRC, please visit