30th Anniversary Gala




Shyconia Burden-Noten, Community Relations Officer for the New York City District Office of Citizenship and Immigration Services within the Department of Homeland Security began her career with the Immigration Service on January 8th, 1985 as a Cooperative-Educational Student. Soon thereafter, Mrs. Noten became an Immigration Information Officer.

In 1995, Mrs. Burden-Noten became a Supervisory Immigration Information Officer in the Congressional Liaison Section where she worked with members of the Congressional Delegation. During her tenure, Mrs. Burden-Noten successfully completed Immigration courses at the Federal Law Enforcement Training Centers in Artesia, New Mexico and in Glynco, Georgia. In 1997, Mrs. Burden-Noten became the Public Affairs Specialist for the New York District Immigration and Naturalization Service. In that capacity, Mrs. Burden-Noten provided information pertaining to Immigration Laws, policies, and procedures to various media outlets.

Mrs. Burden-Noten became the Community Relations Officer for the New York District INS. Mrs. Burden-Noten’s primary responsibilities were to educate community-based organizations, religious institutions, state and local government agencies and many other Non-governmental agencies about Immigration Laws, policies, and procedures. To date, the Community Liaison Office has a network of over 3000 community organizations covering 14 counties within New York State. Mrs. Burden-Noten has traveled extensively throughout the state of New York in an effort to address community issues pertaining to USCIS policies and procedures, permanent residence, nonimmigrant students, civic integration, advising employers of their responsibility under the Immigration Reform and Control Act of 1986, and most importantly, educating community stakeholders about the rights and responsibilities of citizenship and the unauthorized practice of immigration law.