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Public Event

The Growing Wave of Federal Immigration Restrictions: What's at Stake for Massachusetts?


June 6, 2019

8:30 AM - 10:30 AM


Edgerley Center for Civic Leadership at the Boston Foundation

75 Arlington St., 3rd Floor, Boston


The Boston Foundation's Grassroots Strategy in partnership with Boston Indicators and the Greater Boston Immigrant Defense Fund will release a detailed briefing to the general public highlighting the recent immigration-related developments such as: Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals, Public Charge, the termination of Temporary Protected Status, and changes to humanitarian protection programs for refugees and asylum seekers. 

The Greater Boston Immigrant Defense Fund, part of the Delivering on the Dream national funding network, is a public-private partnership and funder collaborative that works to increase education and access to legal services to defend its many immigrant communities, refugees, and temporary status holders. The Fund was launched in 2017 by Mayor Walsh, the Massachusetts Legal Assistance Corporation, and the Massachusetts Law Reform Institute as a pilot program, awarding over $1.1 million in support to legal services providers and nonprofit community partners, to build the region's capacity to protect and defend immigrant rights.

Paul S. Grogan, President and CEO, The Boston Foundation

Opening Remarks
Martin J. WalshMayor, City of Boston

Presentation of the Report
Trevor Mattos, Research Manager, Boston Indicators
André LimaPolicy & Research Director, Mayor's Office of Health & Human ServicesCity of Boston

The Context for Action
Nahir Torres, Program Officer, The Hyams Foundation

Voices from the Field
Marcela Garcia, Editorial Writer, The Boston Globe (Moderator)
Iris Gomez, Senior Staff Attorney, Massachusetts Law Reform Institute
Meg MoranStaff Attorney, Greater Boston Legal Services
Michael Raabe, Esq., Director of Data & Policy Analysis, Massachusetts Legal Assistance Corporation
Gladys Vega, Executive Director, The Chelsea Collaborative

Closing Remarks
Marty MartinezChief of Health & Human Services, City of Boston

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