Massachusetts Immigrant and Refugee Advocacy Coalition (MIRA)
The Massachusetts Immigrant and Refugee Advocacy Coalition (MIRA) serves the Commonwealth’s one million foreign-born residents with policy analysis and advocacy, institutional organizing, training and leadership development, strategic communications, citizenship assistance, and AmeriCorps initiatives and has an active membership of over 130 organizations.
Languages: English, Spanish
Massachusetts Office for Refugees & Immigrants
ORI’s mission is to promote the full participation of refugees and immigrants as self-sufficient individuals and families in the economic, social, and civic life of Massachusetts. Site includes links to programs, annual report, demographics, available benefit programs, and community partner directory.
Refugee and Immigrant Assistance Center (RIAC)
RIAC is a community-based, non-profit, grassroots human service agency that provides comprehensive services to refugees, asylees, and immigrants as well as the larger community.
Legal Aid Society, Immigration Law Unit – Know Your Rights, Executive Actions, Deportation Information
The Legal Aid Society is a nonprofit public interest law firm for low-income families and individuals.
The Society’s Immigration Law Unit provides an emergency plan information factsheet to help communities prepare in case of detention and deportation of a family member. It also offers a factsheet on providing sanctuary to immigrants. An ICE deportation hotline is available at 844-955-3425.
The Immigration Law Unit provides a detailed summary of the Executive Orders issued by President Trump on immigration and related draft orders that have not (yet) been issued. The Unit also offers ongoing workshops and individual immigration assistance, though its attorneys’ have recently emphasized a large backlog of cases following Trump’s election and executive orders.
Factsheets are available in English, Spanish and Chinese (traditional and simplified).
This publication describes who may be at risk of being targeted by Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) and what to do if ICE approaches you on the street (before giving your name or any information, ask, “Am I free to go?”) or comes to your home (they need a warrant signed by a judge to enter).
The publication was produced by Make the Road New York, with the assistance of the Immigrant Defense Project.
ICE Raids in New York: Get Informed and Know Your Rights!
Apps for Refugees
A collection of helpful apps for smartphones as well as websites. Apps include language help and phrasebooks, maps, aid resources, and government and NGO websites. Primarily European resources but the site includes some resources for North America. You can filter by platform (IOS, Android), locations and topics. Apps for Refugees is a growing collection and is in Beta.
Published by the National Center for PTSD at the Department of Veterans Affairs, this article describes the kinds of traumatic events refugees may experience. Research conducted includes measurement and screening for psychological distress, prevalence of PTSD, research on interventions, and challenges in improving outcomes. The intended audience for this paper is comprised of researchers, service providers, and helpers.
“PTSD in Refugees,” Elisa E. Bolton, PhD
A libguide containing ESL and Citizenship resources to benefit libraries, schools, and agencies that serve as first cultural contact for new Americans from around the world. Topics covered: Learning English, living in America, obtaining citizenship, support for immigrants, understanding world cultures, and suggested reading for adults, teens, and children. Created by Worcester Public Library with ALA Carnegie-Whitney grant funds.
Welcome to America: A Multimedia Resource Guide for Language, Culture & Citizenship for ESL Students and Educators
Developed by the US Committee for Refugees and Immigrants, this comprehensive resource guide is intended for those serving refugees with disabilities.
This includes refugee resettlement staff, Mutual
Assistance Association staff, community advocates, and social service providers. It was created in an effort to increase understanding and exposure to the various services and programs available for those serving refugees with disabilities.
The guide is divided into sections: services for adults with disabilities, services for refugee children with disabilities, housing, assistive technology and more. Information included was based on input from focus groups, technical assistance requests, and surveys. Scenarios and stories about refugees with disabilities are included to illustrate individual experiences.
The guide was originally published in 2007. Some websites and phone numbers may have changed.
Resource Guide for Serving Refugees with Disabilities
Sexual orientation, gender identity, and gender expression terminology guide for the humanitarian sector
Sexual Orientation, Gender Identity and Gender Expression: Essential Terminology for the Humanitarian Sector is a language tool that assists humanitarian professionals to communicate effectively and respectfully with and about people of diverse sexual orientations and gender identities. Published by the Organization for Refugee, Asylum, and Migration
Church World Service is a faith-based organization transforming communities around the globe through just and sustainable responses to hunger, poverty, displacement and disaster.
Church World Service (CWS)
Liberty in North Korea
LiNK is a 501c(3) nonprofit organization that provides support, information, and resources for North Korean refugees. Rescue Teams in South Korea and Southeast Asia support North Korean refugees leaving North Korea or China. In South Korea and the United States, LiNK’s Resettlement Assistance Program connects resettling refugees to resources and support, including counseling, financial assistance, health services, and community gatherings.