Newsletter, Thursday, January 16, 03 www.YesPakistan.com
of HDF (Human Development Foundation)
Helping people help
In Today's Newsletter:
-: INS REGISTRATION FOR PAKISTANIS STARTED
TOLL-FREE LINE FOR HELP ON REGISTRATION
-: RACIAL PROFILING OF MUSLIMS?
ONLINE POLL RESULT: JAN. 1-15, 2003
-: LISTING OF DESIGNATED INS INTERVIEWING
-: PROJECT UPDATE: SHAMSABAD
-: HDF ANNUAL BOARD MEETING: FEB. 28
- MAR. 04
-: SHORT LIFESPAN OF SOUTH ASIANS
Consult your attorney and take him/her with you when
you go to register.
Most Pakistanis seems to be staying away from registration based on the
fear created by the mass detention of the early registrants.
The registration has created some chaos, confusion, terror and anxiety in
the community. HDF has put a flyer on the web site that can be downloaded
and printed for distribution in the community. We have also printed and mailed
60,000 flyers to the community centers around the country. It gives some
important information about this whole process.
Many Pak-American organizations are extending advice and help affected by
the registration scheme. This newsletter will provide you that
If you are involved with this work or know of an organization which is
active in helping people cope with this problem, please let us know and we'll be
happy to put that information on this web site. As this is a very active
site it will help in disseminating the information. We believe that this
is the time to work together and collaborate in many different ways.
.:: BEST WEB RESOURCE ON REGISTRATION: UPDATED DAILY
Registration of Pakistani immigrants and visitors have started on January 13,
2003. Visit our page on INS to get latest information on what Pakistani
Organizations are doing to help the Pakistanis to go through this tough
.:: THREE TOLL FREE LINES FOR ADVICE:
BASED IN DC: 1-888-213-2122 run by
CHICAGO BASED: 1-866-648-6272 run by MCRC
BASED IN CALIFORNIA:
1-866-815-7233 run by AMA & PADF
.:: IF YOU ARE A CITIZEN, PROTEST THIS PROFILING:
is calling this registration system wrong. In a letter to Attorney General John
Ashcroft on Friday, Dr. William F. Schulz of Amnesty International U.S.A. wrote
that singling out individuals on the basis of national origin "is tantamount to
racial discrimination." If you are a citizen you should inform your
representative and senators that this is not in the best interest of
.:: INS IS NOT REGISTERING ILLEGAL PEOPLE
Since INS has said they are
not registering the illegal persons, only the legal people are showing up. Some
are being registered, some are being asked to come back and some are
.:: OFFICE-BY-OFFICE SUMMARY OF HOW INS IS HANDLING CALL-IN SPECIAL
REGISTRATION (UPDATED 01/15/03)
Nothing is more important than learning about
what is happening at INS office. This link by American Immigration Lawyers
Association is updated daily with the latest information about the
.:: KNOW YOUR RIGHTS - KNOW YOUR RESOURCES
Recent changes in policies
have severely impacted immigrant communities. Meet immigration attorneys in
person on Sunday, January 26th, 2003 and find out about the recent legal changes
and how to protect your rights. http://YesPakistan.com/ins/immigration-clinic.asp
.:: RACIAL PROFILING OF MUSLIMS?
Except for North Korea all 24 of the 25
countries that were selected for special registration have Muslim majority. Now
BBC is reporting that five more countries, Indonesia, Egypt, Bangladesh, Jordan
and Kuwait now have a deadline of 24 February to 28 March to register.
.::75% PAK-AMERICANS BELIEVE THAT INS REGISTRATION WILL NOT HELP IN THE
FIGHT AGAINST TERRORISM
In an CNN style website poll which is not scientific,
most visitors to the YesPakistan website confirm what analysts have been saying
all along that it will not help in the fight against terrorism.
registration by INS help in the fight against terrorism?
No (74.84%); Yes
(17.61%); do not know (7.55%)
.:: PROJECT UPDATE: SHAMSABAD
HDF Shamsabad Region was started in April
2000 in Tando Mohammad Khan Tehsil of Hyderabad district with one unit of HDF
(1,000 households). Shamsabad is rather an easier region to work in. Most of the
beneficiaries are Harries (Farmers who works on the otherís land).
progress of the Shamsabad Region as of December 2002 is as follow:http://YesPakistan.com/HDF/whatwedo/Shamsabad-reports.asp
.:: HDF ANNUAL BOARD MEETING: FEB. 28 - MAR. 04
Attend the annual board
meeting of HDF. This is your opportunity to voice your concerns and opinions to
improve the work of HDF. Please register as soon as possible as space is
.:: SHORT LIFESPAN OF SOUTH ASIANS
In South Asia, more than a sixth of
the people, almost 200 million, are not expected to survive to age 40
Development In South Asia 1999. Pg 120
HDF is an organization of Pakistani-Americans.
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The mission of HDF shall be to facilitate a non-political movement for a
positive social change and community empowerment through mass literacy, enhanced
quality of education, universal primary health care and grassroots economic
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