Immigration Resources

National Partners

United for a Fair Economy is a proud member of the following national organizations.

Alianza America https://www.alianzaamericas.org

  • Alianza America is a network of Latin American and Caribean immigrant organizations in the US that works to improve the quality of life for immigrants in the Americas. Join them through educational delegations, leadership training, network advocacy, and advocacy-driven diplomacy that bring together deep community roots and transnational experience with advocacy, action, and policy. 

Mijente https://mijente.net

  • Mijente is a movement, an organizing hub, a political home that is pro-latinx, pro-Black, pro-women, pro-queer, pro-poor and more. Together they are lifting leadership in the Latinx community creating space for everyone to find their voice. Join their community in whatever way works for you, join a leadership training, or support their important work.

Boston Area Organizations 

Beyond Bond and Legal Defense Fund (beyondbondboston.org)

Services:

  • Reach out if you have friends or loved ones in or recently released from detention beyondbondboston.org/contact
  • If you or a loved one in need of assistance in paying their bond, and/or have any questions for the Boston Immigration Justice Accompaniment Network (BIJAN),  email BIJAN.accompaniment@gmail.com, call (857) 308-2527, or fill out the form on their website. 

Allies:

  • Donate or help in their effort to raise money to release our neighbors from immigration prison in Boston at the South Bay Detention Center.
  • Volunteer with Boston Immigration Justice Accompaniment Network (BIJAN/Beyond) a network of volunteers who support in a variety of ways, such as posting bond, driving people to visit their loved one in detention, hosting folks in their homes, or accompanying people in court. 

Centro Presente (www.cpresente.org/news-publications)

  • Join Centro Presente in their organizing efforts around immigrant rights, workers’ rights and civic engagement. 
  • Centro Presente provides trustworthy affordable legal services for immigrants through Centro Presente’s Legal Immigration Services Department (LIS).
  • Centro Present also has an Adult Education Program (EFE) that provides English classes as well as training in leadership development and community organizing. 

TRII - The Right to Immigration Institute (www.therighttoimmigration.org)

Services:

  • TRII provides legal services, including: Asylum, Naturalization (Citizenship), VAWA, U Visa, T Visa, Work Reauthorization, Green Card Replacement, Change of Address.

Allies:

  • Make a donation to help TRII provide legal services to immigrants in asylum, naturalization, and status adjustment cases.
  • Use your translation/interpretation skills to help legal representative communicate with clients or translate important documents. 
  • Take part in a training to become a DOJ accredited representative to help attorneys during interviews and hearings. 

Movimiento Cosecha (www.lahuelga.com)

  • Join the campaign in Boston and around the country to Drive Without Fear by pushing for drivers licenses for undocumented people and #NoBusinessWithIce by taking action against anyone who does business with and helps ICE.

The Chelsea Collaborative (www.chelseacollab.org)

  • The Chelsea Collaborative empowers Chelsea residents and holds institutional decision makers accountable to the community through a range of programs for all ages and experiences.
  • Programs Include: English as a second language classes, Chelsea Tenants Association (CTA), Chelsea Latino Immigrant Committee (CLIC), Chelsea Voter Initiative (CVI), youth employment and organizing programs, programs for youth who have recently come to the US, a Women’s Empowerment Group and the Chelsea Community Fund.  

Massachusetts TPS Committee (masstps.com)

  • Mass TPS Committee prepares TPS recipients for their future and fights for Permanent Residency.

Irish International Immigration Center (IIIC) (www.iiicenter.org)

  • The IIIC run immigration clinics regularly, among many other services for immigrants.

ACLU of Massachusetts (www.aclum.org)

  • Key sponsors of the Safe Communities Act, among other immigrant rights activities.

The Welcome Project (www.welcomeproject.org)

  • A immigrant rights group serving Somerville and Medford.

The Asylum Seeker Advocacy Project (ASAP) (asylumadvocacy.org)

  • A national project that helps immigrants connect to each other and to resources.

State-Based Resources 

Communities and organizations all over the country are fighting on a daily basis for survival against the powerful structures that are shattering our communities. They are building power and fighting back. These are a few of those organizations that we have had the honor of working with over the years.

Poder in Action https://www.poderinaction.org
Alabama Coalition for Immigrant Justice https://www.alimmigrant.org
Puente Movement https://puenteaz.org
Familias Unidas en Accion https://www.familiasunidasla.org
National TPS Alliance https://www.nationaltpsalliance.org
National Day Laborers Organizing Network https://ndlon.org
Florida Immigrant Coalition https://floridaimmigrant.org
Casa Maryland https://wearecasa.org

Know Your Rights

It is important to know what policies and agreements are in place in your area, and how to respond in a case of emergency. 

According to the Immigrant Legal Resource Center, the Massachusetts Department of Corrections, the Bristol County Sheriff’s Office, the Plymouth County Sheriff’s Department, and the Barnstable County Sheriff’s Office all have 287(g) agreements with ICE. Undocumented people in these jurisdictions are vulnerable to being detained by local law enforcement agents and handed over to ICE. Once handed over to ICE, many immigrants are detained in for-profit prisons.

Make sure friends, family, and people in your community know their rights and how to react if confronted by law enforcement both as immigrants and allies. The ACLU provides Know Your Rights information on their website and local immigrant organizations can provide index cards in multiple languages to be used if confronted. 

Watch these videos to learn more about your rights and how to react and prepare for a confrontation with ICE or police (English / Spanish).

 

 


 


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