Get Involved!

MIRA Womens March Boston 2017Want to join MIRA’s work supporting rights and opportunities for immigrants and refugees? You’ve come to the right place.

Scroll down below for our latest action alerts – your calls, emails and in-person engagement can make a real impact! Here are some more things you can do:

Make your voice heard and support safe communities!

From the Boston Tea Party to the anti-slavery and marriage equality movements, Massachusetts has been a leader on civil rights. Today we need to see that kind of courage on behalf of immigrants and Muslims in our communities.

SCA hearing June9Hundreds of people, mainly supporters of the Safe Communities Act, fill a hearing before the Joint Committee on Public Safety and Homeland Security.

Immigrants are one-sixth of Massachusetts’ population and an integral part of our social fabric. Yet under the Trump administration, they are being demonized and targeted for mass deportation. The administration is counting on state and local law enforcement to serve as “force multipliers” for its crackdown on immigrants. The Safe Communities Act would prevent that from happening in our Commonwealth.

The Safe Communities Act asserts Massachusetts values and protects the civil rights, safety and well-being of all residents by drawing a clear line between immigration enforcement and public safety. Sponsored by State Sen. Jamie Eldridge (S.1305) and State Rep. Juana Matías (H.3269)., it ensures that our tax dollars are not used to help the Trump Administration deport immigrant families or create a Muslim registry.

Nearly half the Massachusetts Legislature has co-sponsored the bill, and more than 100 organizations have endorsed it so far. On June 9, 2017, hundreds of people came to show their support at a hearing by the Joint Committee on Public Safety and Homeland Security, with testimony from elected officials, to civil rights leaders, health care providers, educators and community members.

Now we need your help to keep up the momentum!

Read more: Support Safe Communities!

Could you be an interpreter for immigrants and refugees?

Are you bilingual and interested in volunteering as an interpreter in immigration law settings? A free training in Worcester offers an opportunity to get involved.

The trainings will cover topics such as:

• The role of the interpreter and best practices;
• Ethics and cultural considerations;
• Overview of immigration law, legal terms and documents related to immigration cases.

Read more: Could you be an interpreter  for immigrants and refugees?

Volunteer with MIRA!

Liza Ryan addresses volunteers
MIRA Organizing Director Liza Ryan addresses hundreds of volunteers at an open house in Boston in February.

Thank you for your interest in volunteering with MIRA!

Our volunteers play important roles in several different aspects of our work, particularly our citizenship services, voter registration drives, and communications and events. Details and contact information are below.

Along with these opportunities, we gratefully accept volunteers who are willing to do behind-the-scenes work like data entry, record-keeping and other unglamorous but sorely needed tasks. Please Marion Davis at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. and put "volunteering" in the subject line.

Please note that we are not a direct services organization; if you would like to help immigrants and refugees in a more personal way, please look at our list of members to find an opportunity that fits your interests, and contact them directly. Some have been swamped with volunteer requests in recent months, but many can still use your help.

Read more: Volunteering at MIRA

Urge Mass. legislators to support pro-immigrant budget items!

We won key budget victories in the House – now we move to the Senate.

We did it! Eight budget amendments targeting immigrants in Massachusetts were all defeated in late April when the state House of Representatives took up its budget for fiscal year 2018.

With the help of your calls and other advocacy, we were able to kill proposals to further restrict access to housing assistance and public higher education, and to penalize cities and towns with “sanctuary” policies or laws. Special thanks to our legislative allies in the House who fought against the eight proposals!

Please thank Rep. Byron Rushing (Boston) and Rep. Jeffrey Sanchez (Boston) for mobilizing such a successful rout – and Rep. Marjorie Decker (Cambridge), Rep. Denise Provost (Somerville) and Rep. Antonio Cabral (New Bedford) for their impassioned defense of immigrants and other vulnerable state residents during the House debate.

The House budget adopted April 28 included about-level funding for MIRA’s four priority line items funding citizenship programs, domestic violence prevention and services, English and adult basic education classes, and employment readiness and training programs (ESSP) – though adult education got an increase of $300,000.

We look forward to the Senate budget release in May – and will advocate for greater funding for citizenship and other programs and fight any anti-immigrant amendments there!

Read more: Urge Mass. legislators to support pro-immigrant budget items!

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