In 2003, Mayor Bloomberg signed Executive Orders 34 and 41 to ensure the confidentiality of the immigration status for all people who interact with City government.
In 2008, Mayor Bloomberg signed Executive Order 120 requiring that all City agencies that provide direct public service to New Yorkers provide services in top six languages spoken in New York City (Spanish, Chinese, Russian, Korean, Italian, and French Creole).
Language Access Toolkit
The Bloomberg administration developed multilingual signage and tools to increase awareness of the availability of free language services.
Refugee Micro-enterprise Program
In 2003, the Bloomberg administration created a program to help eligible refugees start and expand small businesses through short-and long- term entrepreneurial training and access to micro-loans up to $15,000.
Latino Small Business Initiative
In 2009, the Bloomberg administration launched an initiative to address the adverse effects of the economic downturn on Hispanic small businesses. The program included a financing fair that connected small businesses to banks and other lending institutions, the establishment of a satellite NYC Business Solutions Center in Washington Heights, and the provision of free Spanish-language legal assistance for businesses in partnership with the Legal Aid Society.
In 2011 a program was begun to assist city employees (and their family members) who were eligible to naturalize. In 2012, the program was expanded to assist parents of public school students.
Health of Immigrants Living in NYC
In 2006, the Department of Health and Mental Hygiene issued a report that looked at all the health indicators among immigrants living in NYC and developed targeted programs to respond to health risks, especially for youth.
Directory of Services
This resource listed more than 250 community–based organizations that offer free or low-cost services to immigrant New Yorkers.
Immigrant Heritage Week
An annual citywide event was created to celebrate the immigrant experience and honor the contributions immigrants have made in New York.
Dual Language Programs in Schools
The Department of Education created more than 82 dual language programs focusing on Spanish, Chinese, Russian, Haitian-Creole, Korean and French to better serve immigrant students.
NYPD’s Immigrant Outreach Unit
The NYPD formally established this unit to build and maintain relationships with community leaders and organizations in new immigrant communities.
Immigrant Civic Engagement
An initiative was created in 2010, One NYC One Nation, to better connect immigrant communities to information and resources about City services.
Blueprints for Immigrant Integration
A series of blueprints were published that highlight successful models and practices for other cities to consider and use in developing their own unique responses to serving newcomers.
Launched in December 2012, this micro-grant opportunity was launched to highlight how communities thrive when neighbors work together to create a City that respects and celebrates the breadth and beauty of its diversity.
Small Business and Immigrant Entrepreneurs
In 2011, a series of initiatives were launched to help immigrant entrepreneurs start and grow their businesses in NYC by connecting them with multilingual NYC Business Solutions courses and other resources, and launching Competition THRIVE which identified and funded ten organizations doing innovative work with immigrant entrepreneurs.