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CIIC Members Meet in San Francisco


Contact: Sara McDermott
t: 206-618-4926

CIIC Members Meet at Annual Training Event

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January 29th – 31st 2014 —  The Coalition of Irish Immigration Centers (CIIC) met in San Francisco last week to convene for their Annual Meeting and Training Event. Hosted by the Irish Immigration Pastoral Center, the delegates in attendance represented Irish Immigrant front line services in centers based in Chicago, San Francisco, San Diego, Seattle, Maryland, New York, Philadelphia, Boston and Toronto.

The meeting was opened by Irish Consul General Philip Grant and Vice Consul Kevin Byrne as they welcomed the CIIC to San Francisco and joined in a developmental training on front line service preparation for Comprehensive Immigration Reform.  The continued partnership between the Irish government and the CIIC to support Irish immigrants, especially the undocumented Irish community is a vital and respected partnership both in the US and Ireland.

Established in 1996, the CIIC aims to promote the welfare of Irish Immigrants in the US at a national level.   As part of its mission to provide support and assistance to the various centers in their work through advocacy, education and the exchange of information, the CIIC comes together annually for a series of trainings, discussions and opportunities for the sharing of best practices.  The three day training included sessions on Comprehensive Immigration Reform, CIIC Goal and Strategy Development, QPR Suicide Prevention Training, Fundraising Strategies, J1 Summer Work/Travel Program, and the Irish Senior Connect Listening Line.

The Coalition was delighted to welcome both local and regional experts to facilitate sessions including: Kerry Slattery (Kerry Slattery Consulting, San Francisco), Adrienne Pon (Office of Civic Engagement and Immigrant Affairs of the City and County of San Francisco), Phil Simon and Triona O’Connor (CIEE, Portland, Maine), Kevin McGowan (InterExchange, CA), Danielle Owen (Director of Wellness and Education Services, Irish International Immigrant Center, Boston), Celine Kennelly (Irish Immigration Pastoral Center, San Francisco), Geri Garvey (Irish Apostolate USA), Breandán Magee (Chicago Irish Immigrant Support), and Susan Doody (Irish Senior Connect, Boston).

The meeting was a great success with opportunity for delegates from member centers to collaborate and focus on a number of key issues impacting centers both locally and nationally.  At a reception hosted by the Irish Immigration Pastoral Center, Executive Director Celine Kennelly commented that “Having the ability to collaborate with our sister agencies from around the country is of such importance to the work that we do.  Our workloads are heavy and it makes a phenomenal difference to meet face to face, work on common issues and have the opportunity to network and share best practices”.


The Coalition of Irish Immigration Centers (CIIC) is a national umbrella group for all of the Irish Immigration Centers in the US. The CIIC was established in 1996 to promote the welfare of Irish immigrants in the US at a national level. The CIIC is funded by a grant from the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade’s Emigrant Support Program and by generous support from the American Ireland Fund for its Irish Senior Connect Program 

The mission of the CIIC is to represent immigrant organizations throughout the United States who are committed to providing services to Irish immigrants. The Coalition provides support and assistance to the various centers in their work through advocacy, education and the exchange of information. CIIC member organizations are located in California, Illinois, Maryland, Massachusetts, New York, Philadelphia, and Washington.

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