Pittsburgh launches program to build trust between immigrants and first responders

Pittsburgh launches program to build trust between immigrants and first responders

Earlier this year, Pittsburgh Assistant Public Safety Director Shatara Murphy recalled talking to two children of immigrants that reminded her why so many newcomers to the city might hesitate to dial 911.

At a community meeting, one child asked Murphy if she could stop police from mistreating her mom because of her poor English. The other asked how many people could fit in a fire truck — worrying that it would come and take her and her family away from their homes.

“We understand there is an inherent mistrust of public safety officials in the immigrant community, and it is purely from a lack of understanding,” Murphy said.

Wednesday, November 29, 2017/Author: Stephen Caruso
Categories: Pittsburgh
Pittsburgh launches new multicultural unit to aide immigrant and refugee communities

Pittsburgh launches new multicultural unit to aide immigrant and refugee communities

The Peduto administration announced this week that it will be launching a new Multicultural Liaison Unit to help build relationships between the Department of Public Safety and the city’s immigrant and refugee population.  


The unit will translate police, fire, and medic materials into the five most common foreign languages in the city: Arabic, Chinese, Nepalese, Spanish and Swahili.  

Tuesday, September 12, 2017/Author: Alanna Koll
Categories: Pittsburgh
Pittsburgh City Councilman seeks to improve the lives of immigrants, refugees

Pittsburgh City Councilman seeks to improve the lives of immigrants, refugees

In an effort to make Pittsburgh a more inclusive and welcoming city, Councilman Dan Gilman (District 8), along with faith-based and nonprofit leaders introduced a six-piece legislative package Tuesday that will make living in the city a safer place for immigrants and refugees. 

“Pittsburgh is a city where all who live, work, and learn here are valued and respected,” said Councilman Gilman. “It is the City of Pittsburgh’s duty to serve and protect all of its residents regardless of ethnicity, religious beliefs, country of origin, sexual orientation, or status as an immigrant or refugee.” 
Tuesday, January 17, 2017/Author: Alanna Koll
Categories: Pittsburgh

Report shows economic contributions of immigrants across Pittsburgh region

Pittsburgh Mayor Bill Peduto and Allegheny County Executive Rich Fitzgerald held a press conference Tuesday morning to release the findings of a report on the economic impact immigrants and Latinos have on Western Pennsylvania. 

“Advancing the Pittsburgh Region: A Snapshot of the Demographic and Economic Contributions of Immigrants” was developed through a partnership between the city, Welcoming Pittsburgh, Allegheny County, Partnership for a New American Economy (PNAE) and PA Economy League of Greater Pittsburgh-Allegheny Conference. 

“This report shows that immigrants advance the economy of the Pittsburgh Region,” said John Feinblatt, Chairman of PNAE. “Immigrants work in Pittsburgh’s top industries like manufacturing, education, and health care; strengthen the local tax base; and start businesses that create jobs in Allegheny County and across the region.” 
Tuesday, July 12, 2016/Author: Alanna Koll
Categories: Pittsburgh
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