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Making Immigrant Rights RealNonprofits and the Politics of Integration in San Francisco$
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Els de Graauw

Print publication date: 2016

Print ISBN-13: 9781501700187

Published to Cornell Scholarship Online: August 2016

DOI: 10.7591/cornell/9781501700187.001.0001

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Providing Language Access through Nonprofit-Government Collaborations

Providing Language Access through Nonprofit-Government Collaborations

(p.82) Chapter 3 Providing Language Access through Nonprofit-Government Collaborations
Making Immigrant Rights Real

Els de Graauw

Cornell University Press

This chapter presents one of the tripartite models of strategies used to strengthen immigrant rights and integration in San Francisco. It examines the nonprofits' use of cross-sectoral collaborations and administrative advocacy to enact and implement San Francisco's Equal Access to Services Ordinance. Educating and collaborating with elected and non-elected government officials allows immigrant-serving nonprofits to have more influence in local politics and to serve the interests of disadvantaged immigrants more effectively, compared with advocacy tactics that rely only on confrontation with city hall. However, nonprofit collaborations with government officials introduces cooptive dynamics that risk blurring the public–private divide in ways that are not beneficial, either to public officials or nonprofit organizations and the immigrants they represent.

Keywords:   immigrant rights, immigrant-serving nonprofits, administrative advocacy, Equal Access to Services Ordinance, nonprofit-government collaborations

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