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Resources for Immigrant Families

Resources for Waltham's Immigrant Families

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Estimada Comunidad de Waltham,

Las Escuelas Públicas de Waltham continúan comprometidas para una comunidad segura, cuidadosa y respetuosa.  Somos muy afortunados de servir a un cuerpo estudiantil diverso, y creemos que este es uno de muchos puntos fuertes de nuestro distrito.

Todos los días trabajamos para hacer del sistema escolar más inclusivo y equitativo.  Con este espíritu, compartimos recursos y apoyo a las familias, especialmente aquellas que podrían verse afectadas por propuestas políticas federales recientes.  Esperamos que estos recursos sean útiles.

Sinceramente,

Dr. Drew Echelson, Superintendente

 

Dear Waltham Community,

Waltham Public Schools remains committed to a safe, caring, and respectful community. We are remarkably lucky to serve a diverse student body, and we believe this is one of the many strengths of our district.

Every day we work to make a more inclusive and equitable school system. In this spirit, we share resources and supports with families, especially those who might be impacted by recent federal policy proposals. We hope these resources are helpful.

Sincerely,

Dr. Drew Echelson, Superintendent

Online Immigration Screening

Immi helps immigrants in the U.S. understand their legal options with an online screening tool, legal information, and free referrals to nonprofit legal services.

Visit the immi website for more information and resources in English and in Español.

Know Your Rights

The Massachusetts Immigrant and Refugee Advocacy Coalition (MIRA) is the largest organization in New England promoting the rights and integration of immigrants and refugees. 

Visit the MIRA website for more information and resources.

Visit the MIRA website for more online "Know Your Rights" information and resources in Español and in English.  

Immigrant rights organizations and leaders across the country have banded together and pooled resources to help immigrants and their allies obtain the current best-known information and guidance.

Visit the Informed Immigrant website for more information and resources in Español and in English.

 

CLINIC promotes the dignity and protects the rights of immigrants in partnership with a dedicated network of Catholic and community legal immigration programs.

Visit the CLINIC website for more information and resources.

Legal Information

AILA is the only legal association in the United States for immigration attorneys. More than 14,000 immigration lawyers are members of AILA.

Visit the AILA website for more information and resources.

The National Immigration Project promotes justice and equality of treatment in all areas of immigration law, the criminal justice system, and social policies related to immigration. Their area of expertise include criminal and deportation defense and fighting immigration enforcement.

Visit the National Immigration of the National Lawyers Guild website for more information and resources.

Catholic Charities offers new and future citizens support during the long process of adjusting to new surroundings and becoming active participants in their communities. Our services include Refugee Resettlement, Community Interpreter Services, Immigration Legal Services, and more.

Visit the Catholic Charities Refugee and Immigration Services website for more information and resources.

The Immigration Unit within Greater Boston Legal Services provides legal represention and advocates on behalf of low-income immigrants. Their goal is to enable our clients to become documented and ultimately to attain permanent legal status in the United States.

Visit the Greater Boston Legal Services website for more information and resources about their Immigration Unit.

Legal services in the Immigration program at Community Legal Services and Counseling Center (CLSACC) are free and available to people who live in Massachusetts. 

Visit the CLSACC Immigration website for more information and resources.

Legal Contacts

Jason Corral
(617) 819-5709, Roslindale Village

Kerry E. Doyle
Graves & Doyle
(617) 542-6400, Boston

Steve Gutherz
(617) 868-2030, Cambridge

Jeannie Kain
Ramirez & Kain
(617) 545-4804, Boston

Saher Macarius
(508) 879-4443, Framingham

Halim Morris
Morris & O'Shea
(617) 357-9800, Boston
(781) 581-5270, Lynn

Eleanor Newhoff
(617) 354-2659, Cambridge

Robert Warren
(617) 983-1441, Jamaica Plain

Amy Wax
(617) 227-1188, Boston
(508) 626-0888, Framingham


Additional Legal Services

List of Pro Bono Legal Service Providers in the state of Massachusetts

School District Contacts

Kim Snider, LICSW
School Adjustment Counselor, Class of 2018
(781) 314-5455

kimsnider@walthampublicschools.org

Genevieve Green
Counselor, ELL Services
(781) 314-5504

genevievegreen@walthampublicschools.org

Emma Herzog
Principal, Whittemore Elementary School
30 Parmenter Road
Waltham, MA 02453
(781) 314-5780

 

Paula Mendoza
Bilingual Family & Community Engagement Specialist
Whittemore Elementary School
30 Parmenter Road
(781) 314-5534

paulamendoza@walthampublicschools.org

Mary Jo Rendón, Ed.D.
Family and Community Engagement Specialist
Waltham High School
617 Lexington Street
Waltham, MA 02452
(781) 314-5539
@WHSFamilies

maryjorendon@walthampublicschools.org

Community Contacts

Waltham Public Library
735 Main Street 
Waltham, MA  02451
(781) 314-3425
Services for Immigrants and Newcomers 2017

 

REACH Beyond Domestic Violence
Bilingual Intake Coordinator
P.O. Box 540024
Waltham, MA 02454
www.reachma.org
(781) 891-0724 x101
Hotmail: 800.899.4000

Jacqueline Caceres
PreNatal Outreach Worker
Charles River Community Health
564 Main Street
Waltham, MA 02452
jcaceres@charlesriverhealth.org
(781) 693-3885

Flora DePaiva
Trilingual Counselor, Family Access
492 Waltham Street
West Newton, MA 02465
www.familyaccess.org
(617) 969-5906 x223

Francisca Guevara
Associate Director for Community Health and Outreach
Charles River Community Health
495 Western Avenue
Brighton, MA 02135
fguevara@charlesriverhealth.org
(617) 870-7410

Susana Saldana
Coordinator, Early Literacy Services Family Access
Coordinator Assistant, Waltham Family School
492 Waltham Street
West Newton, MA 02465
www.familyaccess.org
(617) 969-5906 x295

 

Referral Contacts

For immigration assistance please contact the following providers

Para asistencia de inmigración, por favor comunicarse con los siguientes proveedores

Para assistência sobre imigração, favor contactar os seguintes provedores de serviços

Workshops and Events

Saturday, March 11, 2017

Know Your Rights! Please join guest speaker Laura Rótolo, lawyer and advocate, focused on the immigration rights of the Latino community. Ms. Rótolo will be discussing the most recent developments of the current administration.

Where: Iglesia Santa María de Waltham

When:  Saturday, March 11, 2017 

Time:   1:00-3:30 pm

For more information about this important event, read here in Español.

For more information about this important event, read here in English.


Tuesday, March 21, 2017

Know Your Rights! Workshop. This event is made possible through the collaboration of the Waltham Public Library, Alexandra Peredo Carroll, Esq., Kids in Need of Defense (KIND), and the Finish Strong Program at Waltham High School.

For more information about this important event, read here in Español and in English. 


 

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