|Our mission is to prevent the growing marginalization of new immigrants and refugees from highly traditional societies through special transitional services, leading to their successful integration into the socio-economic and civic life of America while continuing to maintain pride in their cultural heritage.
CIANA’s holistic integration model is designed to actively identify new immigrants soon after they arrive in the country, introduce them to American systems and laws, offer them an array of support services, and guide them towards social and economic advancement within American society. Our approach encourages immigrants to adopt essential cultural aspects of American society, and the host community to accept and value the newcomers and their cultural heritage.
Our model takes into account the cultural, linguistic and urban/rural experience of newcomers, and services are customized to fit their specific needs. Fear of losing their culture, language, and religious traditions encourages newcomers to insulate themselves, to avoid greater participation in civic and community life, and to resist efforts to integrate into American society. Through extensive community outreach and education, CIANA helps families see that success will require certain accommodations, that Western values can be incorporated while still maintaining cultural ties and pride in their heritage and traditions, and that social change can be a positive path towards family enrichment and increased social and economic opportunities.