Information, Referrals & Assistance (IRA)

The IRA program provides clients with direct service or appropriate referral to resources in the Bryan/College Station area. Walk-ins are seen Tuesdays and Thursdays from 6:00-8:00 pm, with no appointment needed. 

  • Translation and interpretation
    of official letters and documents
  • Immigration questions
  • Navigating court and legal system
  • Legal aid
  • Affordable healthcare
  • Scholarship programs
  • Social issues
  • Domestic violence support
  • Cases of discrimination
  • Work-related issues

Centro de Derechoes Laborales (CDL)

The Centro de Derechos Laborales (Workers’ Rights Center) focuses on worker rights and leadership training for the immigrant community. CDL focuses on developing immigrant leaders, helping workers recover stolen wages, educating the community about labor rights, and networking with state agencies and non-governmental organizations.

  • Assisted aggrieved workers in recovering over $6,000 in unpaid wages with intervention.
  • Joined the Justice and Equality in the Workplace Program, a network that regularly meets in Houston in association with the Department of Labor, OSHA, EEOC, National Labor Relations Bureau, Fé y Justicia Interfaith Justice Worker Center, and the Houston Mayor’s Office.
  • Attended the 2017 Annual Meeting of Interfaith Worker Justice in Chicago, IL.

Citizenship Classes

To become a U.S. Citizen, immigrants must pass a Citizenship Interview. In their interview, they are expected to be prepared to answer 10 of 100 questions on U.S. history and government. In addition, immigrants must be able to demonstrate competency in both spoken and written English, complete an N400 form, and bring a long list of documents

BIIN sponsors three 10-week sessions of citizenship classes over the course of each year. In each session, the following materials are covered:

  • History and government of the U.S.
  • Oral and written English practice
  • How to prepare for the interview
  • Steps towards naturalization

 Compañeros de Conversación

The Conversation Partners program started in the Fall of 2017. This is an opportunity for native English speakers to partner with immigrants in the Bryan/College Station community and practice English. To become a Conversation Partner, sign-up here.