On August 7th, CT Strategies’ Partners, Allen Gina and Andrew Farrelly, presented a ‘DHS 101’ workshop for students at the Washington English Center (WEC) in Washington DC. About 20 students, who have relocated from all over the world to Washington DC and are learning English at the WEC, heard Mr. Gina and Farrelly present a basic breakdown of DHS components, U.S. Customs and Border Protection’s offices, and what the discrete role of each is in the immigration process. In describing the fundamentals of CBP’s role abroad, Farrelly stated “It pays to have positive relationships with foreign partners in order to receive more information from them about who and what is coming to the U.S. and then be able to perform better risk management here at home.”
With so much news surrounding the issue of immigration, the border, and the multiple agencies involved; CT Strategies believed this type of workshop would help WEC students better understand the immigration process and role of the various authorities at the border.
Since 1993, Washington English Center (formerly Language, Education, and Technology Center), a community-based program, has offered English and literacy training to low-income adult immigrants in the greater Washington area using volunteer teachers and tutors. Our mission is to provide excellent and affordable English classes and other workforce programs to adult immigrants using volunteer teachers.
CT Strategies looks forward to continuing our engagement with the WEC in the future, through additional workshops or other volunteer opportunities.