The IAC is the go-to resource for business and community organizations that must stay current and compliant on complex and rapidly-changing immigration policy.  

The IAC’s accreditation by the Board of Immigration Appeals, the country’s highest administrative body for interpreting and applying immigration laws, means that are designated by the U. S. Department of Justice as an authorized immigration representative under Federal regulations at 8 C.F.R. § 1292.1(a)(4).    

Sample of business and community educational programs:


Training sessions for social workers, guidance counselors, health care workers, nurses, doctors and the general public who wish to know more about how immigration law affects their clients or patients.


Guidance and recommendations to local businesses and their immigrant employees to help both parties stay in compliance with rapidly-changing federal laws affecting the immigrant workforce. The IAC’s staff has specialized training to support businesses in the event of Immigration and Customs Enforcement “Workforce Inspections,” and support families of workers who may be detained.


Information sessions and advice to clients on the application for or renewal of various protections or visas including: Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA), Temporary Protective Status (TPS), asylum status, visas offered to skilled workers, refugees, victims of domestic violence or those in other unique legal circumstances.


Collaboration with local law enforcement, including meeting with police officers for education regarding the unique risks posed to immigrant youth.

“Now more than ever we – and many of our associates – rely on the Immigrants’ Assistance Center and the expertise of Helena DaSilva Hughes to help us navigate the changing landscape of immigration, especially with regard to work status issues.”

Anne BroholmCEO, AHEAD USA

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Immigrants’ Assistance Center is moving to larger and more efficient space

Immigrants’ Assistance Center is moving to larger and more efficient space

NEW BEDFORD – The Immigrants’ Assistance Center will soon be moving to a larger and more efficient space to help its continued growth, announced its executive director at the center’s summer fundraiser held Aug. 8 at the Museum of Madeiran Heritage in New Bedford…

By Lurdes C. da Silva / O Jornal / Posted Aug 16, 2019 at 3:26 PM online

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Immigrants’ Assistance Center looks to expand space, services

NEW BEDFORD — With an increasing number of clients, the Immigrants’ Assistance Center is hoping to expand inside the building that it shares with the Casa da Saudade Library in the South End. “In order for us to meet the needs, we need to expand,” Executive Director...

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