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“We have to remember our humanity.” - Bank of America Grant Aims to Help Migrant Families

Since August 2022, the City of Chicago has welcomed over 35,000 new arrivals from the southern border and with the continued increase of frequency of buses. Many officials and local activists have called the historic numbers a humanitarian crisis. Ensuring the crisis is met head on, one organization, Instituto del Progreso Latino, has remained steadfast in its resolve to equip as many new arrivals with the resources they need for long-term success thanks in large part to a grant provided by Bank of America’s 2023 Neighborhood Builders program.

Read more HERE.


We are Thrilled to Announce an Exciting Collaboration between United Airline , Good360 and Instituto del Progreso Latino!

As part of the United Airline January 2024 Leadership Conference, a dynamic community engagement activation event was created to bolster Instituto's Project AMOR initiative. The collective was aimed to bridge the needs gap by assembling an impressive 6,500 essential goods hygiene kits for Chicago’s Newcomers.

This impactful initiative unfolded during the leadership conference January 30th, where a gathering of 2,000 United Airline managers, directors, and executives convened at the McCormick Place Convention Center. Together, United Airline and Good360 made a meaningful difference in our community!

To support Project AMOR please visit: https://www.institutochicago.org/

New American's Advisory Council Meets

President & CEO the New American Advisory Council (NAAC) held an engaging meeting at Instituto. CEO Karina Ayala-Bermejo is the appointed chair of the NAAC who kicked off the year with setting goals for 2024.

Deputy Mayor Beatriz Ponce de Leon with the new Office of Immigrant and Migrant Rights Project(IMRP) led a goal setting workshop to explore ways NAAC can support the IMRP Office. This support will be done by providing strategic leadership and operations guidance for the asylum seeker response effort; operationalizing the Welcoming City Ordinance across city departments and agencies; and promoting long-term integration of immigrants, migrants, and refugees into the life of Chicago through multi-sector partnerships and coalitions.

Salesforce Volunteers Assist in Project AMOR

Last week the Salesforce team stopped by Instituto with a group of volunteers to construct and distribute kits for the recent migrant arrivals.

Thank you to the entire Salesforce team for selflessly dedicating your time and energy to supporting Project AMOR. This was such a wonderful day that will be remembered as the first of many amazing collaborative events. We would not be able to support and uplift our community without the generous help of organizations like you.


Immigrant's Educational Rights: Peril or Promise

President and CEO Karina Ayala Bermejo joined an insightful panel discussion about the obstacles that threaten the fundamental right to education for immigrant families. Our panel of experts, Hosted by American University in Washington D.C. laid out the obstacles that threaten the fundamental right to education for immigrant families, while offering possibilities and promise for the future.

Dr. Martin Luther King Day of Service Tradition Started

As we strive to expand our network of community support, it becomes increasingly imperative that we cultivate relationships like these. Together, we can ensure that vital services are available to all who may need them, empowering individuals and families on their journey toward stability and success.

In the spirit of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., Instituto is embarking on a new tradition where employees honor this day through meaningful community service. We extend our heartfelt gratitude to Fatima and St. Paul's Church for their generous donation of 7 bags filled with jackets and sweaters. Our IDPL staff had the privilege of accompanying Fatima as we transported these essential items up North to Starting Point Community Church. Upon our arrival, we were warmly greeted by Pastors Jonathan de la O and Marvin del Rios, dedicated coordinators of the site providing shelter and support to young single migrant men.

Celebrating Milestones at Instituto College


Since 2016, Instituto College has proudly overseen the graduation of 22 cohorts in the BNA Training Program and 4 cohorts in the A.D.N program. Our commitment to providing quality education continues as we recently launched our A.D.N Cohort 6 for the Spring 2024 term, with the anticipation of commencing our 23rd BNA Cohort on February 13, 2024.


We are thrilled to announce that open enrollment is now underway for the BNA Summer 2024 term and the A.D.N Spring 2025 term. This presents an exciting opportunity for aspiring nursing professionals to embark on their educational journey with us.


Furthermore, we invite prospective applicants to explore our website and take advantage of the updated application process for the Spring 2024 A.D.N Program. Don't miss this chance to pursue your passion for nursing and join us in shaping the future of healthcare.


For those planning ahead, applications for the Spring 2025 A.D.N Program are also now open. Seize the opportunity to take the first step towards a rewarding career in nursing with Instituto College.


Visit our website today to learn more and begin your journey towards a brighter future in nursing.

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In September of 2022, Instituto responded to the influx of new migrant arrivals to Chicago by launching Project AMOR (Asylum Migrant Outreach Response). In conjunction with the City of Chicago, Instituto created an Amazon Wishlist to mobilize donation efforts for this new population. Since the launch of the Wishlist, over $410,000 in essential items such as clothes, toiletries, diapers, and hygiene products, have been purchased by generous donors to help aid migrants. Instituto has also directly assisted over 6,500 asylum seekers by helping them obtain essential items as well as providing them with legal aid and financial literacy direction.


With a surge of new arrivals that began in May of this year, Instituto del Progreso Latino began accepting physical donations of new and unused clothes and other essential items to its buildings. Additionally, over 600 volunteers have signed up to volunteer and assist with Instituto's Project AMOR efforts. 

Your generous, tax-deductible gift will directly support Instituto's efforts to assist the recent influx of migrants to Chicago.

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Chicago Tube & Iron Supports Project AMOR

We were delighted to welcome our friends and family from Chicago Tube & Iron to Instituto. Their generous donation to Project AMOR underscores their commitment to supporting new migrant arrivals, and we are deeply grateful for their ongoing partnership.

Instituto's Monthly Citizenship Workshop Processed Over 80 Naturalization Applications this Month!

The IDPL Immigration Legal Aid Department was able to host another successful Citizenship Workshop in January.

Thank you so much for the continued support of all our staff and volunteers.

Of course, these events would not be possible without Illinois Coalition for Immigrant and Refugee Rights and our New American's Initiative partners at Brighton Park Neighborhood Council, Casa Michoacán Federación De Clubes Michoacános En Illinois, Centro de Trabajadores Unidos, Latino Organization of the Southwest, Southwest Organizing Project, and Mujeres Latinas en Accion for providing this critical service to our immigrant community!

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