Immigrants Day at the State House | April 14

immigrants day flyer

Come and meet your legislators! Unite with your city to fight for the rights of immigrants! Immigrants and non-immigrants alike will come together to make sure their voices are heard on important issues- let them hear your voice too!


When: Tuesday, April 14th


Where: Massachusetts State House

24 Beacon Street, Boston

For more info: Contact Thalita Dias at or (617)350-5480 ext. 205


Immigration Advice | July through December

Are you new to Boston? Get some advice! The Mayor's Office of New Bostonians are offering Free Immigration Advice at Boston City Hall over the next several months (dates below)! Advice sessions will go from noon to 2pm at Boston City Hall (Room 804). For more info, call 617-635-2980.


July 9 & 23

August 6 & 20

September 3 & 17

October 1 & 15

November 5 & 19

December 3 & 17

18th Annual Immigrants Day at the State House | April 8

MIRA Coalition Logo

On Tuesday April 8, MIRA Coalition will host their 18th Annual Immigrants Day at the State House. This event will take place at the State House located on Beacon St from 9:30 am until 12:30 pm. 

Some of the topics that will be discussed are safe driving, tuition equity, Trust Act, worker's rights, citizenship, healthcare, refugee services, safety from domestic violence, integration, funding for English/ABE classes, and more. 

To RSVP for this event, contact Ana Vasconcelos at or by phone at 617-350-5480 ext. 227. You may also contact Samantha Almeida at or by phone at 617-350-5480 ext. 205. 

"Pathways to Success" Seminar at Bunker Hill | June 12

Are you an Immigrant? Do you work with the Immigrant Community? A "Pathways to Success" Seminar will be held at Bunker Hill Community College on Tuesday, June 12 from 6:00 pm to 7:30 pm in Room C202. Register online at Did you attend university in your home country? Make your education count in the US! The program will feature a panel of experts who will provide information and resources to help skilled immigrants pursue further education, obtain professional licensing or certification, and find suitable employment in the US.

Bunker Hill Community College is located at 250 New Rutherford Avenue  Boston, MA 02129. For more information, visit their website at

Nation of Immigrants Community Seder, March 11

The Nation of Immigrants Community Seder brings together diverse communities from the Greater Boston area to build bridges of understanding. This year's community seder will be on Sunday, March 11th at 3:00 p.m. in the Campus Center Ballroom of UMass Boston.

The first took place in 2007, and grew out of a tradition dating back many years, where ADL New England celebrated Seders with the African-American, Irish, and Catholic communities. The goals of this program are to establish and maintain alliances with other immigrant communities to gain allies against prejudice, anti-Semitism, racism and all forms of bigotry. It also provides a unique opportunity for people in the Greater Boston area to come together, learn about one another, share in a Jewish tradition, make new connections and gain a more profound understanding of each of our stories, cultures and communities. This special event models the traditional celebration of the Passover holiday. The Passover Seder celebrates the exodus of the Jewish people from slavery in Egypt. The Seder’s message of hope and freedom is both universal and meaningful for all. At the Seder, hundreds of participants come together to honor this tradition and celebrate all of our unique journeys to becoming part of this nation of immigrants. 

Domestic Violence Prevention Forum, Aug. 6

Haitian Women of BostonHaitian Women of Boston (AFAB) will hold their annual Domestic Violence Prevention Forum on Saturday, August 6, 2011, from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. The forum, entitled "Healthy Families Ensure Healthy Communities," features workshops on "Protecting your body," "TPS (Temporary Protected Status): the future of Haitian immigrants," "Family Stabilization Team" and "Advocates navigating for DV clients in health centers & beyond." Mary R.Lauby, ED of Jane Doe, Inc. will give a keynote speech. All events take place at Codman Square Health Center's Great Hall (6 Norfolk Street, Dorchester, MA 02124). RSVP with AFAB by calling (617)287-0096 or emailing by July 29th, 2011.

Sponsored by The Haitian Round-table on Domestic Violence & Sexual Assault.

Catholic Charities Greater Boston at the Yawkey Center

Mailing Address (if different than physical location): 


(617) 506-6600 (ESOL Counselor)/ (617)506-6627 (ABEGED Counselor)


Hours of operation (or meeting times & dates): 

Day care opens at 7 a.m. and building at 8 p.m. Haitian Multi-Service Center open 8:30 a.m. - 7:30 p.m. Yawkey Konbit Creole open 7:30 a.m. - 5:30 p.m.


Catholic Charities Greater Boston is a community service center of Catholic Charities, Archdiocese of Boston. Catholic Charities Greater Boston provides direct service in Dorchester at the Yawkey Center, in Somerville, and in other Boston neighborhoods through an array of programs and services including Basic Needs Services, parenting programs, an after-school program for teens, a summer camp for inner-city children, elder social services, and a variety of residential programs. All are designed to address the complex issues that many individuals and families face today. More than 38,000 are served each year.


Catholic Charities Greater Boston at the Yawkey Center
185 Columbia Rd.
Dorchester, MA 02121
United States
Key Partners: 

How to get involved/application guidelines and procedures: 

Call or visit.

Key Programs Offered: 

ABE/ESOL-Program offers Pre-ESOL Literacy Classes for Haitian Creole Speakers. All Students receive employment and computer skills training.

Basic Needs Emergency Services Sunset Point Camp Foster Grandparents Program Friendly Visitor and Elderly Outreach Program Healthy Families Intensive Asian Adolescent Services Intensive Haitian Family Intervention Shelters and Transitional Housing <a href="%3Cb%3EHaitian%20Multi-Service%20Center%3C/b%3E:%20The%20Haitian%20Multi-Service%20Center,%20the%20largest%20social%20service%20agency%20serving%20the%20Haitian%20population%20in%20Massachusetts,%20is%20a%20non-profit%20agency%20founded%20in%201978%20to%20meet%20the%20needs%20of%20the%20rapidly%20increasing%20number%20of%20Haitian%20refugees%20coming%20to%20the%20area.%20It%20joined%20the%20Catholic%20Charities%20network%20in%201984.%20Its%20mission%20is%20to%20serve,%20in%20a%20linguistically%20and%20culturally%20sensitive%20manner,%20the%20health,%20education,%20day%20care%20and%20the%20immigration/settlement/food%20needs%20of%20the%20Haitian%20community,%20numbered%20at%20about%2020-25,000,%20and%20to%20foster%20economic%20and%20social%20self-sufficiency.%20Today%20it%20serves%205,000%20families%20annually.%20On-site%20programs%20include:%20Adult%20Education%20%28literacy,%20ESL,%20EDP-External%20Diploma%20Program%29,%20Citizenship,%20Computer%20Literacy,%20Education%20for%20Employment,%20Day%20Care,%20Pregnancy%20and%20Parenting%20Support%20Programs,%20Immigration%20and%20Refugee%20assistance,%20Food%20Pantry,%20and%20Haitian%20Elders.%20The%20Center%20serves%20clients%20primarily%20from%20Dorchester,%20Mattapan,%20Hyde%20Park,%20Jamaica%20Plain,%20and%20Roxbury.%20Hours:%208:30%20a.m.%20-%207:30%20p.m.%0A%0A%0A%3Cbr%3E%3Cb%3EYawkey%20Konbit-Kreyol%20Center%20for%20Early%20Education%20&%20Care%3C/b%3E:%20Offered%20from%207:30%20-%205:30p.m.%20Open%20to%20children%20ages%202%20months%20to%209%20years.%20Financial%20Aid:%20-Vouchers%20accepted%20-HeadStart%20-Sliding%20scale%0A%0A%3Ca%20%20data-cke-saved-href=" http:="""" el_centro.html"="" target="0">El Centro del Cardenal Youth Education at Yawkey: This GED program helps out-of-school and high-risk youth—who did not thrive in the public school system—earn earn their GED. Students are generally between the ages of 14 and 21. These youth may be referrals from courts or the Department of Family and Children Services. GED and alternative education programs are bilingual. Career Pathways: The Career Pathways program supports both youth and adult programs with next-step options through career exploration, internships, job shadowing opportunities, and employment. It may also include individual case management.

Community Meeting Space Available: 



Cape Verdean Community UNIDO


CVC UNIDO promotes the power and the potential of the Cape Verdean community. We advocate for, inform, and organize our community to reach its cultural, social, and economic well-being.

CVC UNIDO’s mission is to outreach to, inform, and organize the Cape Verdean community around issues of self-empowerment and social and economic development while advocating for and accessing resources that meet the self-identified needs of the community. This mission is accomplished by a consortium of native Cape Verdean and Cape Verdean-American individuals and representatives of local organizations that serve the Cape Verdean community in Greater Boston through a series of different programs and activities that reach out to families and youth. Goals are to bring the Cape Verdean community together to develop our collective power and strategize solutions to current challenges; to create opportunities, and an environment, where youth and families can gain tools to empower themselves and the community; to improve family cohesion through developing nurturing and parenting skills; and to assure services delivered by local, municipal, and state agencies are coordinated and culturally competent.


492 Dudley Street
Roxbury, MA 02119
United States
Key Partners: 

Bird Street Community Center, City of Boston, Dudley Street Neighborhood Initiative (DSNI), Log School, Settlement House, MassCosh, Northeastern University, St. Patricks Church, Upham's Corner Health Center

Key Programs Offered: 

Cape Verdean Providers, GOTCHA- Youth Employment Collaboration, Boston Cape Verdean Student Association Collaboration, Jorge Fidalgo Memorial Soccer Challenge, Youth Empowerment Project- Youth Leadership Development, “Boston… Connecting Cultures” Mural Project, Dudley Youth Council, College Bound, The World Is My City, Recreational Activities, Adult ESOL Classes, Citizenship Classes, Dorchester Occupational Health Initiative, Fuel Assistance & Information & Referral Family Fun Days, and VALOR (Values Affecting Learning Our Roots)- Family Support Program.

Community Meeting Space Available: 


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