Project Citizenship has 10 community partners in 2018. Partner agencies provide a range of free support services for legal permanent residents (LPRs) seeking citizenship, including civics instruction, application assistance, legal services and referrals for ESOL classes.
Action for Boston Community Development
Action for Boston Community Development, Inc. (ABCD) strives to empower individuals, families, and communities by providing them with the tools to overcome poverty, live with dignity, and achieve their full potential. To fulfill this mission, ABCD utilizes its network of neighborhood centers and numerous programs throughout the city. For over 50 years, ABCD has offered a broad spectrum of programs for people in need – from day-to-day crises to long-term work and educational support.
Today, ABCD serves over 100,000 low-income Boston residents each year, providing hands-on assistance and equipping them with the skills and self-confidence they need to move forward in their lives. ABCD responds promptly to emerging issues and is committed to ensuring that programs reflect the needs of the community. This commitment led to the creation of an Immigration Services Program in 2008, which has grown steadily over the years and currently provides assistance to over 1,000 individuals each year. Providing free, comprehensive, multi-lingual immigration services brings ABCD closer to achieving its mission of helping people out of poverty, improving lives, and strengthening communities.
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Agencia ALPHA was founded in January of 2002 by two immigrant women from Guatemala. Agencia ALPHA is a faith based non-profit organization located in Boston, Massachusetts. Agencia ALPHA’s mission is to educate and to serve the immigrant community by providing effective social programs and practical community services; to advocate for public policy changes that will improve the quality of life of all immigrants living and working in the United States. Its guiding principles are based on our Christian values.
Some of the services Agencia ALPHA offers are: U.S. Citizenship Process and Classes; Family petitions; TPS (temporary protection status); Green Card renewals; DACA services; Power of Attorney; Notary Services; Interpreter and Translation Services; Referrals to Lawyers, Other Community Resource and Programs; Courses and Seminars on Personal Finance Management.
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Ascentria Care Alliance
Ascentria’s mission is to strengthen communities by empowering people to respond to life’s challenges. Its vision is thriving communities where everyone has the opportunity to achieve their full potential regardless of background or disadvantage. Together with its partners, Ascentria inspires people to help one another reach beyond their current circumstances and realize new possibilities. Its values are faith in action, courage, compassion, and integrity. The Immigration Legal Assistance Program at Ascentria Care Alliance provides free and low-cost legal services to immigrants in New England. Ascentria provides legal representation to: asylum seekers; victims of rape and sexual violence; victims of violent crime; victims of domestic violence; victims of human trafficking; and unaccompanied minors. Ascentria also provides assistance to complete immigration applications and petitions, including citizenship applications, family-based petitions, and green card applications.
To learn more about Acentria Care Alliance, please click here.
Cambodian Mutual Assistance Association of Greater Lowell, Inc.
The Cambodian Mutual Assistance Association of Greater Lowell, Inc. (CMAA) was incorporated as a not-for-profit Massachusetts corporation in 1984. It has been granted 501(c) (3) status by the Internal Revenue Service. CMAA has a unique corporate structure in that its “owners” are the members of the Cambodian community of Lowell. Most of the city’s Asian residents are Cambodian refugees who were resettled in Lowell during the 1980’s. As the number of Cambodians resettled in Lowell grew, and Cambodian Buddhist temples, markets, restaurants and other stores sprang up in Lowell, there was a secondary migration, as Cambodians resettled elsewhere moved to Lowell to join family and friends. Based on school enrollment data, and other data sources, most estimates place Lowell’s Southeast Asian population at 30,000 to 35,000. By any count, Lowell is home to the second largest Cambodian refugee population in the US. Long Beach, California has a larger population, but they make up a much smaller percentage of the population of that city.
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Dorcas International Institute of Rhode Island
Dorcas International Institute of Rhode Island provides a comprehensive range of education programs and related services designed to fully support students in meeting their goals. DIIRI strives to support their roles as students, workers, and community members.
DIIRI also offers a variety educational opportunities tailored to specific student needs and goals.
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Hartford Public Library
Hartford Public Library offers a free program called The American Place (TAP) that is designed to welcome immigrants and help ease their transitions to the United States. TAP promotes Hartford’s shared civics values and its many vibrant cultures. TAP services include: legal advice and representation by accredited staff in matters before United States Citizenship and Immigration Services; English language and citizenship classes as well as independent study materials for individuals unable to attend classes; and volunteer mentors for new immigrant arrival families. TAP also has citizenship corners within Hartford Public Library that offer the first step in preparing to become a U.S. citizen. At these corners, you’ll find immigration forms and announcements, test preparation material, computers with access to the USCIS Website, schedules of English and Citizenship classes, and a directory of area BIA accredited institutions.
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Immigrant Legal Advocacy Project
The Immigrant Legal Advocacy Project helps low-income immigrants in the state of Maine improve their legal status and works for more just and humane laws and policies affecting immigrants. ILAP is Maine’s only statewide nonprofit legal aid agency dedicated to providing the information, advocacy, and individualized legal help with immigration law and related issues that low-income Maine residents need. With ILAP’s expert assistance, immigrants improve their statuses, gain safety from persecution or domestic violence, and unify or stay together with their families. ILAP’s services include direct legal aid, educational outreach for immigrant communities, service providers, and the general public regarding immigration laws and immigration policies, and systemic advocacy to address laws and policies affecting large numbers of Maine’s immigrants.
To learn more about ILAP, click here.
Massachusetts Alliance of Portuguese Speakers
The Massachusetts Alliance of Portuguese Speakers (MAPS) is a private, nonprofit, community-based organization that has provided a wide range of health and human services and other Portuguese-speaking residents of eastern Massachusetts since 1970. MAPS aims to improve the lives of Portuguese-speaking individuals and families in Massachusetts and help them to become contributing, active participants in American society while maintaining strong ethnic identity and a sense of community.
MAPS works with and for the Brazilian, Cape Verdean, Portuguese and other Portuguese-speaking communities to increase access and remove barriers to health services, education and social through direct leadership of advocacy services, and development of the community.
The agency offers a variety of programs that break down language and cultural barriers to health and social services, education and economic opportunities through its offices located in the heart of the Portuguese-speaking communities of Cambridge, Somerville, Boston, Lowell and Framingham.
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Massachusetts Immigrant and Refugee Advocacy Coalition
MIRA is a coalition of over 100 community-based organizations and their allies. We are one of over 10 other state-wide coalitions throughout the country working to build power at the city and state, and ultimately national, levels to develop a coordinated and collective voice of immigrants, for immigrants. The efforts of the coalition serve immigrants not just in helping shape and influence legislation from the top-down through our policy analysis and lobbying, but also by engaging those impacted by the policies in the initiatives to change them for the better from the bottom-up through our community organizing, education and naturalization campaigns. It is through supporting and facilitating more welcoming and fair policies that we can build on the capacities of new arrivals to the city and strengthen our local community and country.
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Refugee and Immigrant Assistance Center
The Refugee & Immigrant Assistance Center, formerly known as the Somali Women and Children’s Association, was established in 1993. It is a community-based, grassroots organization dedicated to promoting educational and socio-economic development in Massachusetts refugee and immigrant communities. RIAC’s mission is to promote cultural, educational, and socioeconomic development in the refugee and immigrant communities. To realize their mission, RIAC offers the following range of services to support successful resettlement and to promote self-sufficiency: Refugee Resettlement, Post-Resettlement Support Services, Community Education & Outreach and Counseling Services.
To learn more about RIAC, please click here.