MIRA has hosted the AmeriCorps New American Integration Program since 2011. From 2014 until 2017, we also hosted justice AmeriCorps Massachusetts. Click or scroll down to learn more about each program, including how to become a member of NAIP.
New American Integration Program (NAIP)
The New American Integration Program (NAIP) was established in 2011 through a partnership between MIRA, English for New Bostonians and the Massachusetts Office for Refugees and Immigrants (no longer a partner).
Up to 30 AmeriCorps members serve nearly 5,000 immigrants and refugees from over 106 different countries every year. Members are placed at immigrant- and refugee-serving organizations across the Commonwealth, serving residents of Greater Boston, Lynn, MetroWest, Central Massachusetts, New Bedford, and the Merrimack Valley.
justice AmeriCorps Massachusetts
Justice AmeriCorps Massachusetts, a project of MIRA, was part of a nationwide public service initiative to provide much-needed legal representation to unaccompanied children under 16 as they navigate complex immigration court proceedings. These children, who have crossed the U.S. border without a parent or guardian, are as young as 5 and have fled extreme violence and poverty in their home countries. They are not guaranteed any representation in court, and without legal assistance, the likelihood that they will be sent back to these horrific conditions is high. However, the Trump administration ended funding for this program in 2017.
Working in partnership with legal services agencies across the state, justice AmeriCorps Massachusetts placed AmeriCorps attorneys at legal service organizations in Massachusetts to provide legal assistance to unaccompanied children. Justice AmeriCorps members not only provided a crucial service; they also gained valuable legal experience working with clients and legal services agencies and representing clients in immigration court.