Category Archives: IAC In The News

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

Dear Immigrant Assistance Center friends

Dear Immigrant Assistance Center friends

Dear Friends of the Immigrants Assistance Center, The Immigrants’ Assistance Center was established in 1971 as a 501(c)3 not-for-profit organization with the stated mission to “help immigrants overcome language, cultural and economic barriers, and integrate into the American way of life while maintaining their ethnic identity and pride”. The Center serves as the point of… Continue Reading

Special delivery

Special delivery

For the seventh consecutive year, members of the New Bedford chapter of the Portuguese American Police Association are donating turkeys along with all the Thanksgiving trimmings to the Immigrant Assistance Association at Casa da Soudade on Crapo Street for needy clients. Each year, fundraising efforts have led to more and more families enjoying a holiday… Continue Reading

Know Your Rights for Portuguese Elders

Know Your Rights for Portuguese Elders

The South Coastal Counties Legal Services, Inc., in collaboration with the Immigrants’ Assistance Center (IAC), hosted a Know Your Rights Portuguese Elder Forum. The keynote Speakers were the following: Natacha Salemme, Director of Money Manager Program at Coastline and Elizabeth Medeiros, Protective Services at Bristol Elder Services. The event took place on November 21st, at 11… Continue Reading