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Director of the Hispanic Outreach Program

Western Avenue Community Center

Hispanic Outreach Coordinator

Western Avenue Community Center

Hispanic Outreach Director

Bloomington's Western Avenue Community Center

Hispanic Outreach Coordinator

Bloomington's Western Avenue Community Center


Hispanic Outreach Program

Manager, Hispanic Outreach Program

CIOP-member Western Avenue Community Center

Hispanic Outreach Coordinator

Western Avenue Community Center , and LIFE Center for Independent Living


Our Lady of Lourdes Business College

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Cristina Deutsch: Immigration/Citizenship, 309-829-8703

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Cristina Deutsch

Cristina Deutsch, Bloomington, is the director of the Hispanic Outreach Program at the Western Avenue Community Center in Bloomington.She is a graduate of Our Lady of Lourdes Business College in Cochabamba, Bolivia.In her leadership position, Cristina helps bridge cultural gaps and alleviate misapprehensions among the various constituencies she serves.She has been instrumental in generating the success of the anti-gang task force established 10 years ago in Bloomington-Normal.Cristina effectively implements after-school programs for teens and plans parties for needy children and is often recognized as the ambassador-at-large for the Bloomington-Normal Hispanic population.She has received several recognitions such as the Spirit of McLean County Award, recognition/appreciation of Human Service Council, honorary chairwoman of the Girl Scouts' "Be Your Best" campaign, and Certificate of Recognition of Valuable Contributions from the Illinois Association of Agencies and Community Organizations for Migrant Advocacy. - News - Nominees represented wide scope of community 12/31/01 [cached]

Cristina Deutsch, Hispanic outreach coordinator at Western Avenue Community Center.Deutsch has led initiatives that provide alternatives for youths, as well as programs for older adults. - News - A winding road to the wedding 08/08/04 [cached]

Cristina Deutsch, who heads the Hispanic Outreach Program at Bloomington's Western Avenue Community Center, knows one woman from Mexico living in the Twin Cities who went to Milton's office six times and made two trips to the Mexican Consulate in Chicago before her identification was accepted.A marriage license was issued just days before the wedding.

A man from Mexico with a passport valid for five years was told to obtain a new one because the clerk's office said passports older than three years were unacceptable, Deutsch said.
Marriage licenses are good only in the counties where they are issued, and in some cases, Hispanic couples residing in Bloomington-Normal are opting to marry in neighboring counties or in Chicago, where identification license requirements are less stringent, Deutsch said.
"(Milton) is a public servant, and her charge is to issue marriage licenses," said Deutsch, who was drawn into the issue when couples came to her to translate Spanish-language documents.
McLean County assistant state's attorney Eric Ruud, who advises county officers, and Jack Porter, a lawyer working on the issue with Deutsch, said statutes require only "satisfactory proof" that people who want to get married are at least 18, are unmarried at the time and are not a blood relative of their future spouse.
Deutsch said she thinks two other forms of official Mexican identification should be accepted.One is the Mexican voter registration card, a form of identification equivalent to a driver's license in America.Each card has a picture, thumbprint of the bearer, a birth date and address.
Another is a matricula consular, which is stamped in English proclaiming it an official form of identification Mexican consulates issue to Mexican citizens living abroad.Cheaper to obtain than a passport, the matricula consular features a picture, name and birth date.Some U.S. banks and cities are beginning to recognize them as official, Deutsch said.
But Deutsch isn't hopeful.
"They (the bills) aren't going anywhere," she said. - Features [cached]

- McLean County's Hispanic and Latino community has grown from 3,833 in Census 2000 to more than 5,500 today, estimated Cristina Deutsch, Hispanic outreach director for Bloomington's Western Avenue Community Center.

- The number of McLean County residents from India has grown from less than 1,300 in Census 2000 to about 4,400 today, according to the McLean County India Association.
"They come because there's jobs here and they can provide an education for their children," said Deutsch, who emigrated from Bolivia 40 years ago.
The Hispanic migration to the United States actually started about 35 years ago, as a small group arrived to work for the railroads, she said.That increased about 25 years ago, as farmers from small ranches in Mexico were drawn to Central Illinois by jobs detasseling corn and beans.
A 1986 law that provided amnesty for more than 2.5 million undocumented workers in the U.S. -- allowing them to obtain permanent residency -- dramatically changed immigration patterns, Deutsch said.
"The need for service workers was there.That's why they were able to stay," Deutsch said of local Hispanics.
Today, those workers do everything from work in restaurants and factories to clean offices, she said.
"I don't want to give the idea that it's only those menial jobs that we do.There are a lot of us immigrants from Latin America and Spain who are teaching in universities, who are doctors, but they're getting paid well so they're not noticeable," she said.
Cristina Deutsch, Hispanic outreach director at Western Avenue Community Center in Bloomington, has been working with Hispanic immigrants for 20 years.The program helps new arrivals deal with schools, health care, employment, housing and the law.
The Pantagraph/LORI ANN COOK
Cristina Deutsch helped Thaniti Missakasavake with his immigration papers recently at Western Avenue Community Center.
During a recent interview, she explained the role Hispanics play in the local economy, their desires and motivations.

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