County Executive Marc Elrich Calls Trump's Move to Exclude Undocumented Immigrants from Census "Unconscionable," Urges Everyone to Respond

Montgomery County Executive Marc Elrich has rejected President Donald Trump's memorandum that intends to prevent undocumented immigrants in the United States from being counted in the 2020 Census for the purpose of determining U.S. House seats, calling it an "unconscionable and divisive move that will surely, and must, be challenged in the courts."  Read the County Executive's full statement in English and Spanish.

Office of Community Partnerships Statement on the National Crisis

The Montgomery County Office of Community Partnerships exists to strengthen relationships between all entities of the County government and the people it serves.  Our primary vision is to increase engagement and build partnerships with underserved and emerging communities and to support all our neighbors in need.  Our staff liaisons mirror those we serve by our diversity in race, ethnicity, and faith, yet united in our mission.  Read the Office of Community Partnership's statement on the current national crisis. 

Census 2020

CENSUS WEEKEND is August 7 -10! 
Outreach events will be happening throughout the County.  Learn more about how you can get involved here.

Here are useful tools to engage with immigrant residents on Census 2020:

Incorporate Census in ESOL class:  Lesson Plan IdeasCensus VocabularyCase Study

Help them understand the importance of Census:  Frequently Asked QuestionsTalking Points

Useful links to resources:  Resource List, Libraries' Guide to the 2020 Census

Census Trainings

Teacher Training - Powerpoint Presentation (pdf)
Volunteer Training - Powerpoint Presentation (pdf)

Volunteer Training - Recorded webinar (mp4 file)   


New and Updated Immigrant Resources for Montgomery County

* Updated * Montgomery County's Immigration FAQs (Frequently Asked Questions)  ( English ) (Spanish: coming soon ) (3/5/2020)

Montgomery County Immigrant Rights and Resources Handout   (English) (Spanish)
(additional languages coming soon) (7/11/2019)

Montgomery County Immigration Legal Service Providers List  (7/10/2019)

Emergency Family File (English) (Spanish/Español). A useful tool to keep track of your family's important information so you can be prepared for any emergency.  By Montgomery County Health and Human Services.

See information on Immigration Legal Service Providers, Resources on How to Prepare for ICE Raids, Immigration FAQs, and More

Montgomery County Supports Immigrants

Read the Joint Statement from County Executive Marc Elrich and Council President Nancy Navarro on Immigrant Support.  Also available in Spanish.

Visit One of Our Citizenship Corners!

Visit one of our Countywide Citizenship Corners to obtain information on how to become a citizen!


See more citizenship resources

SUMMER 2020 Programs 

Check out our  new classes and programs  for Summer 2020 (offered online), as well as offerings from our community partner organizations.

Maryland REAL ID 

To get information on REAL ID in Maryland, visit the MVA website or view this helpful video for information (to view subtitles in different languages, click on Settings, select "Subtitles/CC," then select "Auto-Translate," and choose a language).

Quick Start Guide

Quick Start Guide for Immigrants in Montgomery County, MD

In a quick glance, the "Quick Start Guide for Immigrants in Montgomery County, MD" offers the top resources immigrants and newcomers may need when getting started in Montgomery County. The guide is available in  EnglishSpanish ( Español),  French ( Français),  Korean ( 한국어),  Chinese ( 中文),  Vietnamese ( Tiếng Việt), and  Amharic ( አማርኛ). 

About Us

The Gilchrist Center is Montgomery County's official welcome center for immigrants and newcomers.

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The Gilchrist Center offers a variety of programs and services to the Montgomery County community.

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Resources and Publications

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