New Immigrant Community Empowerment (NICE) works to ensure that new immigrants can build social, political, and economic power in their communities and beyond.
NICE operates a Community Job Center that serves as a safer alternative for workers who solicit employment at street corners and at employment agencies and that have little access to workforce development services.
At the Job Center, workers connect with potential employers, collaboratively agree on rules and fair wages, and build a community of support to address their specific needs. Additionally, workers have access to workforce development trainings, health and safety certification courses, ESL classes, Know-Your-Rights workshops, assistance to recover unpaid wages, and referrals to critical services.
NICE's current organizing campaigns focus on curtailing wage theft through contractor licensing reform, protecting job seekers through employment agency reform, and garnering municipal support for workforce development services in immigrant communities.
NICE is located in Northwest Queens, home of the highest concentration of immigrants and the oldest and largest day laborer corners in the country.