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Immigration & Related Social Services

Many individuals and families, escaping fear and persecution, have sought refuge in America to reunite with family members or embark on a new life of freedom. Individuals seeking refuge have the right to advocacy and just assessment while navigating immigration.

At African and Caribbean Immigration and Social Services (ACISS) Inc., we serve as a conduit for immigration services and related social support, ensuring that individuals are informed about and can exercise their rights. Since our establishment, we have assisted countless families and individuals realize their immigration goals.

Whether you are a U.S. citizen, permanent resident, nonimmigrant, prospective immigrant, or immigrant, ACISS provides insight into the challenges newcomers face in the United States and highlights ways you can contribute to their well-being. We help individuals discover the range of immigration services and social support available to aid their integration efforts.

Feel free to reach out for more information in either scenario. We value your input, positive feedback, suggestions, and active participation in our mission.

Who We Are

We, African and Caribbean Immigration and Social Services Inc. (ACISS Inc.), are a 501(c)(3) grassroots service organization composed of a devoted, passionate team of legal, social services, and business professionals that extends a welcome to strangers (i.e., newcomers to the United States of America) and guides them through the immigrant integration process.

  • Our Mission is to provide comprehensive immigration and related social services to underserved immigrants through a holistic integration model.
  • Our Vision is that immigrant communities (especially African and Caribbean immigrant communities) will understand and promote legal immigration processes, develop and implement programs to enhance immigrant integration, encourage positive community building, provide a welcoming environment for the stranger in their midst, and promote their ethnicity through positive involvement with larger surrounding communities (e.g., hosting of annual fairs for the public that display the cuisine, music, and dress of their ethnic group).
  • Our Slogan is “I was a stranger, and you took me in,” and our logo centers on welcomeness and inclusiveness. Both express our desire that immigrant integration be a wholesome experience for immigrants.

Our History

Changing Lives

In 2012, Nancy T. Burphy encountered the prevalence of domestic violence in immigrant communities, prompting her to seek answers from the U.S. Department of Justice (USDOJ). She was introduced to Violence Against Women’s Act (VAWA) within the Immigration and Nationality Act.

Over the subsequent years, Mrs. Burphy continued to witness the prevalence of domestic violence and other injustices in immigrant communities. She contacted various community activists and prominent professionals to raise awareness of these conditions. Between 2013 and 2015, she actively researched immigration practices and procedures, obtaining legal training and leadership roles to serve African immigrant communities.

In 2015, Nancy T. Burphy and a small group of community activists created African And Caribbean Immigration And Social Services Inc (ACISS) to address the needs of immigrants who were underserved in terms of access to migration resources.

ACISS found that Immigrants face significant stigmatization, which negatively impacts their interaction and integration into the community. Therefore, ACISS focuses on immersive community integration by creating ways for immigrants to become fully involved. With the support of permanent and as-needed attorneys, ACISS started serving individuals with nowhere else to turn.



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  • I am grateful for and impressed with the professional and timely service that you, ACISS, provided to restore my permanent resident status. Having stayed outside of the US for a

    I Am Grateful for ACISS’ Professional and Timely Service
  • My experience with ACISS has been surreal. There is no amount of words that can express my gratitude for their diligence, thoroughness and results. After investing thousands of dollars with

    ACISS Helped Me Get the Change of Status That I Deserved
  • I am a male that was in a marriage where my wife was physical with me on a regular basis. ACISS recommended, but I didn’t want to go through the

    I Am Grateful for ACISS’ Domestic Abuse Counseling
  • I really thank ACISS. At the initial stage I didn’t believe I could get help until a friend introduced me to this organization. My green card was conditional and my

    ACISS Helped Me Get Conditions Removed from My Conditional Green Card
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    2023 - 2024 Board of Directors

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    Dak Lavala
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    Sylvia Ross
    Board Member

    Nancy T. Burphy
    Chief Executive Officer

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