Category: Charlotte, NC
Published on 25 May 2017

Aspirants for citizenship clear their doubts to lose the fear of taking the citizenship test

Charlotte, NC -  At the workshop held in Charlotte with United States Citizenship and Immigration Services(USCIS) officials immigrants of different Latin American nationalities cleared their doubts to be better prepared and "fearless" when they presented the citizenship test.

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The workshop: Lose the Fear of taking the Citizenship exam held on Saturday, May 13 at the South Regional Library.  Fifty permanent residents attended interested in taking that significant step into becoming citizens.

Amra Beslagic, a bilingual USCIS official, made a presentation that included the general requirements, the process, situations that can affect the process, available resources, and the interview.

In each segment, the attendees had the opportunity to ask questions; The official answered each and every question. Later, also playing out a mock interview with some of the attendees.

The public was enthusiastic about this part of the event which helped answer some of the questions of history and civility in the United States allowing for everyone to practice.

"I found the workshop absorbing, especially how organized the program was, the collaborators are very attentive and efficient. The Immigration official clarified many doubts, "said Tulia Astudillo, of Colombian origin.

At the end of the two-hour event, officials Beslagic and Carly Dlugoszewski delivered study material to the participants, some of whom approached them to ask questions about specific situations.

Category: Charlotte, NC
Published on 14 April 2017

Highlights of the second round of voting in Ecuador


Charlotte, NC - The hard work, cordiality, and order of the Miraist volunteers highlighted during the second round of balloting in Ecuador that took place in Charlotte on Sunday, April 2.


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The Consulate of Ecuador based in Atlanta, Georgia, conducted the electoral activity, in coordination with La Casa del Ecuadorian Foundation and the support of MIRA USA with its volunteers.


"I have been working with MIRA USA for five years in consular activities, and for me, it is the best help, they are people who know what they have to do, they are organized and cordial. MIRA USA makes the success of the activity with its volunteers, "said Aracely Pacheco, director of La Casa del Ecuadorian Foundation.


Beginning from the morning, the volunteers began their tasks from receiving, organizing and leading voters to the ballot room identifying Ecuadorians. Helping those who had not registered to vote and provide information. Miraists of all different nationalities participated in the activity that lasted until late afternoon.


The Miraist also collaborated on behalf of the Casa del Ecuadorian Foundation, in taking signatures to request that the consulate can carry out the process of identification card upon their return to this city in August.


"The day has been successful, has remained very organized and without inconveniences," said the Representative Juan Rafael Arcos Tuitza.


MIRA USA participated in the same way with its volunteers, in the elections held on February 19.

Category: Charlotte, NC
Published on 30 March 2017

Latino Families learn about the Special Education process

Charlotte, NC – A group of Latino parents had the opportunity to attend the free event titled: “How to navigate the Special Education process in North Carolina,” where they learned about the laws, programs, and benefits that children with disabilities who were born in the US can have.

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The event, which was organized by MIRA USA, took place on Saturday, March 18th at the Main Library of Monroe in conjunction with the Exceptional Children’s Assistance Center (ECAC). 

Teresa Peña, who is an educator from ECAC, talked about the federal law IDEA, or Individuals with Disabilities Education Act of 2004; as well as the importance of knowing its beginnings so that the children can access these services and programs. 

“When a child is born in the United States, federal law states that they should be educated from 0 to 22 years, and should receive the necessary services and support for their unique needs”, Peña emphasized.

The educator focused on one of the principles of IDEA, called the Individualized Education Program (IEP), which a child with a disability has the right to have after an annual evaluation at school. 

“The IEP is the beginning of services for your child,”  said Peña.

After two hours filled with information, examples and real-life situations that parents of children with disabilities face, she gave room for questions and answers that served to clarify doubts and strengthen the knowledge acquired by the participants.

“I leave today with excellent information. I thought that I received the best information at my child’s school, but now I know that my child has many more needs in which the state can help with, including when they come into adulthood”, said Carmelo Ambris, father of a 15-year-old boy with Down Syndrome.

The workshop also offered childcare through the collaboration of various members of MIRA, or “miraistas,” who were in charge of taking care of and entertaining the children.

It is also worth mentioning that the Exceptional Children’s (EC) program of Union County public schools distributed the MIRA USA fliers of the event to the schools’ parents.

“This shows how valuable the information contained in the workshop is, which is our vision at MIRA to help the most vulnerable communities,” noted Martha Pulgarín, the local director of MIRA USA.

Category: Charlotte, NC
Published on 01 March 2017

Miraistas help in the Ecuadorian voting in Charlotte

Charlotte, NC - A group of  10 Miraistas participated in Ecuador's presidential vote, which took place on Sunday, February 19, in Charlotte.The voting precinct was open from 7:00 a.m. at the Sharon South Clubhouse, until 5:00 p.m.

The Miraistas were registering those Ecuadorians who were not yet registered to vote, also as jurors in the polling stations, and in different tasks during the electoral day to give support to the House of the Ecuadorian Foundation, organization that was in charge of the logistics of activity.

MIRA USA has been collaborating with this group for several years, offering its support with volunteer Miraistas in the activities of the mobile consulate of Ecuador held in the Ciudad Reina.

Ecuadorian nationalists and different nationalities will be collaborating on the next mobile day that the Consulate of Ecuador based in Atlanta, Georgia, will hold the next weekend in Charlotte on March 4 and 5.