Center for the Integration & Advancement of New Americans

CIANA, the Center for the Integration and Advancement of New Americans, is a not-for-profit social services agency that serves new immigrants in New York City. CIANA specializes in providing culturally competent and language appropriate services to newcomers from the Middle East, North Africa, and South Asia. Newcomers are encouraged to take advantage of the opportunities available to them, to enjoy the freedoms and protections that the US offers, to take pride in their cultural heritage and to blend the best of their ethnic identity with that of their new country.
EmPa Youth Summer Photography Show

Join us at the Queens Council on the Arts next Thursday (8/11) from 12-2pm for the final photography show of CIANA’s Summer Middle School Program. The exhibit will feature work from local students who were given disposable cameras to document people, places, and things in Astoria that hold significance to them. They have taken pictures of places in their neighborhood which they feel need to be improved, and have collectively come up with creative and innovative solutions.

The photography project is designed to give immigrant students a medium to express their identity within the context of their neighborhoods and community.  Through the exhibition, the students of CIANA’s SONYC (School's Out NYC) would like to generate interest among community members, their neighborhood representatives, Council Members, and the general public about what their neighborhoods mean to them as proud residents of the area they live in.  At CIANA, we believe that giving children a camera is a means of giving them a voice and way to express how they identify with their neighborhood.

The event is free and all are welcome.

NY1 Interviews CIANA

  Queens People of the Week:
Volunteers Help Immigrants Achieve the American Dream

Ms. Agarwal met with CIANA's founder, Ms. Emira Habiby Browne, and NYC immigrants who take classes and receive legal services at CIANA to hear first-hand about the organization's successes as well as its needs.

Legal Immigration Services: 
This year we initiatedaYoung Immigrant Legal Service Program (YILS), funded by DYCD, that serves young immigrants between the ages of 15-33.  It has allowed us to expand on our present legal/immigration services and provide vital legal services to a wider client population with a focus on DACA and DACA renewal, T/U visas, SIJS, Adjustment of Status, Family Petition and Asylum.  CIANA now also has in house staff attorneys, and we are able to assist clients in several languages.