Programs & Services


CCDI helps Cambodian American and other vulnerable populations connect with vital health and social services. CCDI provides its own translation services, navigation services, and consultation services, and has developed language and culture programs to better connect young Cambodian Americans to their heritage. Download CCDI brochure 2011.

Area of Focus


TRANSLATION/INTERPRETATION

Written Translation. Oral Interpretation (over the phone interpreting available). Sliding scale fee to non-profit organizations and free to low-income community members.

Navigating through social systems such as healthcare, immigration, judicial, housing, and domestic violence can be almost impossible for populations such as Cambodians that are low-income and have limited language capabilities. Thus, CCDI’s staff and trained volunteers serves as navigators for clients who needs help with interpretation.

CCDI also provides a monthly legal clinic utilized by a diverse population in the Eastbay through Asian Law Caucus. 

NAVIGATION

The Legal Clinic. One-on-one assistance on immigration and naturalization matters. One-on-one assistance on welfare/social security benefits and resources. Health navigation.

CCDI’s staff and trained volunteers serves as navigators for clients who needs help with interpretation.

CCDI also provides a monthly legal clinic utilized by a diverse population in the Eastbay through Asian Law Caucus. Provide legal services for permanent resident and undocumented immigrants in the Bay Area around detention; deportation; constitutional and due process claims, including supporting community mobilization and education regarding comprehensive immigration reform. Prepare and file papers and in some cases attorney will be able to represent you with INS or in court.

CULTURAL PRESERVATION

“Please Don’t Stop the Music”. Khmer Language Class.

“Please Don’t Stop the Music” is currently CCDI’s foremost community project dedicated to supporting healthy youth development. The traditional Cambodian music class gives youth a way to connect with their parents and elders, provides a safe alternative to gang involvement and substance abuse and empowers youth to take a leadership role in preserving an endangered art form.

Each student is also a teacher. As students progress, they begin to teach, giving them responsibility and decision-making power. Additionally, many parents participate in the class, allowing them to become mentors and role models for their own children and others, creating meaningful inter-generational relationships.

SOCIAL JUSTICE

YCCL. Organize public forums. Community outreach through cultural events and shows. Promote positive identity development promotion. Promote civil and social involvement among young Cambodian Americans.

In early 2010, CCDI collaborated with Community Health for Asian Americans (CHAA) and a group of young adults (comprised mostly of cambodian young people from Oakland) volunteered to do census outreach work. Because of their shared experience and challenges growing up in Oakland, the group quickly bonded and succeeded in its goal of raising census awareness in the local Khmer and other marginalized community.

The impact they made in the community inspired them to continue to meet and hope to eventually create a community task force. when we recieved support from the Legacy Project in mid 2010, and the API connections project the group officially became Young Cambodia Community Leaders (YCCL). .

PREVENTATIVE HEALTH

Annual Flu Shot. Diabetes Health Education. The Legacy Project. Health Through Action. California Reducing Disparity Project (CRDP). Cambodian Woman Health Project.

Both cultural and socio-economic barriers hinder access to health care and health education. CCDI not only helps it’s constituency go navigate through the health care system, but also engages in both mental and physical health prevention through health fairs and education. For instance CCDI often coordinates guest speakers of health care agencies to come to local temples to give presentations or distributes annual flu shots to high risk populations.