Immigrants & Refugees
The following information supports both residents and agencies who work with them.
Please contact us with questions or for more information!
know your rights
What are an individual's rights are when he or she encounters law enforcement? What should families do to prepare? Which local agencies can help? These questions and more were answered in a "Know Your Rights" Train the Trainers workshop hosted by Lowell Alliance in March 2017, and presented by the Massachusetts Immigrant & Refugee Advocacy Coalition (MIRA).
Many thanks to the Lowell Telecommunication Corporation (LTC) for making this video of the workshop possible!
You can also see MIRA's powerpoint presentation here - much appreciation to Sarang Sekhavat, Federal Policy Director at MIRA, for his thorough coverage of this critical topic.
MIRA also distributed the following - click through to view and Download:
If ICE Comes to Your Door - English and Spanish posters
Massachusetts Caregiver Authorization Affidavit in English and Spanish - form, including instructions, that enables parents to pre-authorize caregivers for their children, if they are detained
Refugee and immigrant support and empowerment
How do refugees and newcomers fare, after moving to Lowell? How well are they integrated into our community? What needs are being supported, and where are gaps in services?
A group of concerned Lowell agencies formed the Support Coalition in early 2017 to address these questions and foster a welcoming environment for refugees and immigrants who resettle in Lowell. See below for more information, including how to join our meetings the fourth Friday of each month!