Category Archives: IAC In The News

LETTER OF THANKS

LETTER OF THANKS

Kids helping kids: Thank you to Morrissey siblings The Immigrants’ Assistance Center daily sees the fear and worry that our neighbors here from other countries suffer. Together, we work mightily to address those concerns, with the help of a range of individuals, organizations and businesses who see helping as a moral imperative — especially now.… Continue Reading

A night of music for a cause: Morrissey Blvd. band raises more than $26,000 for IAC

A night of music for a cause: Morrissey Blvd. band raises more than $26,000 for IAC

NEW BEDFORD — Last Saturday, musical talents and the will to raise social justice awareness came together in perfect harmony at a benefit concert for the Immigrants’ Assistance Center hosted by the Morrissey Blvd. band at Greasy Luck Brewpub in New Bedford. Comprised of four siblings — Zan (guitarist), 17; Zoelle (keyboardist), 15; Henri (bassist),… Continue Reading

Spring Fundraiser

Spring Fundraiser

The Immigrants’ Assistance Center, Inc. (IAC) is hosting a very important Spring Fundraiser on Friday, March 30, 2018, from 6 p.m. until 10 p.m. The event will take place at The New Bedford Whaling Museum, located on 18 Johnny Cake Hill, New Bedford, MA. Please purchase tickets for this event. We will provide an enjoyable… Continue Reading

Sleeping with a suitcase under the bed

Sleeping with a suitcase under the bed

What would you do if immigration agents came for you and separated you from your children? Breaking apart families was never a central mission of previous Republican and Democratic administrations, but with Trump many parents are now faced with having to plan for unimaginable cruelties of a racist deportation machine. It may not be 1935… Continue Reading

Newsletter – Winter 2018

Newsletter – Winter 2018

For over 45 years the Immigrants’ Assistance Center (IAC) has been at the forefront of providing a broad range of services to assist the immigrant community integrate and often attain citizenship status. The communities that IAC serves are primarily Portuguese, Cape Verdean and Spanish, although the client base is incredibly diverse. Services offered include but… Continue Reading

A day in the life of the Immigrants’ Assistance Center

A day in the life of the Immigrants’ Assistance Center

“I want to be able to be there to help if they need me.” Editor’s Note: Standard-Times staff reporter Aimee Chiavaroli recently spent a day at New Bedford’s Immigrants’ Assistance Center, observing the services it provides and talking with some of the staff and people who are served there. NEW BEDFORD — Filomena Gomes rang… Continue Reading

Salvadorans with TPS facing 18-month deadline to leave U.S.

Salvadorans with TPS facing 18-month deadline to leave U.S.

NEW BEDFORD — The Trump administration has ended Temporary Protected Status for people from El Salvador, a decision that affects Bristol County’s second-largest Central American community. Helena DaSilva Hughes, executive director of the Immigrants’ Assistance Center in New Bedford, said the majority of the Salvadorans she has encountered in the Greater New Bedford area have… Continue Reading

Immigration crackdown brings heartache to Portuguese families

Immigration crackdown brings heartache to Portuguese families

Helena Hughes, executive director of the Immigrants’ AssistanceCenter in New Bedford, says her office has received an unprecedented number of calls from Portuguese families whose loved ones have overstayed their visas and were picked up by Immigration authorities in recent days. “In the past week, we had seven families contacting us because their spouses were… Continue Reading