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Immigration and Nationality Law
Public Education Grants Involving Employment Discrimination Available

The
Office of Special Counsel for Immigration Related Unfair Employment Practices (OSC), of the Civil Rights Division of the U.S. Department of Justice, has announced the availability of grants to conduct public education programs involving employment discrimination.  The OSC, which is responsible for receiving and investigation discrimination charges under the Immigration and Nationality Act (INA), is seeking applicants who can demonstrate a cost-effective program to disseminate existing material to "work-authorized non-citizens who are protected individuals," citizens "who are most likely to become victims of employment discrimination," and "employers, especially small businesses."

Under the
INA, individuals who are authorized to work may not be discriminated against based on their citizenship status and/or national origin.  Employers may not knowingly hiring unauthorized workers, and must verify the identity and work authorization of all new employees.  Employers who violate the law are subject to sanctions, including fines and criminal prosecution.

According to OSC, previous grantees have developed a wealth of information related to the rights and responsibilities of individuals and employers.  Now, OSC will provide grants of between $40,000 to $100,000 for applicants who demonstrate a capacity to design and implement public education campaigns for the targeted groups.
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