The Latino Community Advocacy Program

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The Latino Community Advocacy provides (LCAP) bilingual advocacy and educational services to immigrants and their families in Saratoga County. Our trained specialized staff support families as they navigate life in a new community and culture, helping to overcome language or cultural barriers and social isolation, to promote healthy thriving families and strong community connections.

In 2018, the Latino Community Advocacy Program grew to three full-time staff, greatly increasing the program’s capacity to address the needs of year-round immigrant families, as well as seasonal backstretch workers at the Saratoga Race Course.

The program supports families in four main areas: health, education, financial and legal.

Health

In 2018, staff assisted with accessing health services, insurance, arranging transportation to appointments
and interpreting medical appointments including dental, mental health, OBGYN, pre-natal, oncology and
primary care.

Education

In 2018, staff also worked with families as they navigated the education system, helping to register their children in school, interpreting parent-teacher conferences and special education committee meetings.

English as a Second Language classes were provided to 106 adult students. Our program offers volunteer-led small group classes and one-on-one instruction for all levels.

ESL classes are being held from 6 to 7:30 p.m. on Tuesdays and Thursdays at the Presbyterian New England Congregational Church, 24 Circular St., in Saratoga.  If you can’t make it to class or would like additional one-on-one support, contact Cecily Corbett to arrange tutoring sessions at 518-339-4609 or c.corbett@saratogaeoc.org.

Financial

LCAP helps immigrants understand US tax and banking systems, helping to open bank accounts and
preparing tax returns through the VITA Program.

Legal

2018 has continued to see a surge in requests for immigration services and our experienced and trained
staff assist immigrants access quality immigration legal services through partnerships with the Legal
Project and trusted private attorneys. In 2018 cases included human trafficking, asylum, child/family
reunification, and naturalization/citizenship. Our trained staff also provided Know Your Rights trainings
and Emergency Planning Clinics.