News & Events

Marking a Historic Win for our Immigrant Community

Last week, the Massachusetts House and Senate both voted to override the Governor’s veto on the Work and Family Mobility Act. This means that Massachusetts is now officially the 17th state to pass driver’s license legislation! Email your State Legislator(s) today to thank them for voting to override the Governor’s veto.

MIRA would like to express our immense gratitude and to applaud the hard work of the Driving Families Forward Coalition and the strategic and inclusive leadership of Natalicia Tracy (Brazilian Worker Center), Dálida Rocha (SEIU 32BJ), Lenita Reason (Brazilian Worker Center), and Chrystel Murrieta Ruiz (SEIU 32BJ). Thank you as well to all of our members for their hard work on and dedication to this bill – some have been advocating for over twenty years!

Please note: While the bill is officially law, it does not become effective until July 2023. MIRA will work as part of the Driving Families Forward Coalition to ensure that the implementation of the new law is as inclusive as possible and without burdensome requirements, and we will continue to provide you with updates.

There is only a month and a half left in the current legislative session, and MIRA continues to push the State House on other critical pieces of legislation. The Massachusetts Joint Committee on Public Safety and Homeland Security has until June 24th to take action on the Safe Communities Act this session, and legislators need to hear from you. Please send them a message now to show your support!

Similarly, the Language Access and Inclusion Act was recently favorably reported out of committee; keep an eye out for next steps that you can take to make sure this vital bill gets a floor vote. 

We still have a lot of work ahead of us in the coming weeks, but we can also take some time to celebrate. We invite you to join the Driving Families Forward Coalition this Saturday to celebrate this momentous victory.

Tune in to the coalition’s Twitter, and Facebook page for the details.



MIRA presents the intro to Immigration
Summer Series 2022

The virtual lunch hour series will present relevant, up-to-date, and accurate information on immigration topics in an accessible format.  This series is open to anyone looking to increase their knowledge of immigration topics and learn about helpful resources for practice with immigrant populations. No prior experience or knowledge is necessary!

Join us on the following dates from 12-1 p.m EST.! Please feel free to share this event widely with colleagues and friends.

Thursday, June 30: ABCs of Immigration
Thursday, July 7:  Rights and Benefits for Immigrants
Thursday, July 14: Immigration and Families
Thursday, July 21: Immigration Policy Updates and the Work Ahead

You can find descriptions of each session HERE. Zoom links will be sent prior to each session.

You can register for each session for $15 OR register for all 4 topics for $50.

**If you are a MIRA member, please email us for a special code!**

Questions? Contact

Register here

– Announcements –

  • Join the MIRA Coalition in efforts to register new United States citizens to vote! We’ll be registering voters after a swearing-in ceremony at Faneuil Hall at 12:30 pm on June 30th. Sign up today!
  • Interested in helping serve refugees and immigrants? The AmeriCorps New American Integration Program is recruiting up to 35 candidates for 2022-2023 service year. Please click here to apply.
  • Do you need assistance with U.S. Citizenship applications? Our Citizenship team is holding both in-person and virtual clinics. See our website for date and location information!

– News-

AP News – With Senate override vote, driver’s license bill becomes law

The Hill – Supreme Court dismisses GOP effort to defend Trump immigration rule in court

ACLU – How ICE Sidesteps the Law to Find and Deport People

– MIRA Member Spotlight-

Each week, we’ll be using this space to spotlight our outstanding MIRA members and the work they do for their communities. This week, we’re highlighting the Massachusetts Association for Community Action (MASSCAP)!





MASSCAP is a statewide association of the 23 Community Action Agencies (CAAs) operating in Massachusetts. Through the combined skills and vision of its members, MASSCAP works to enhance the ability of each agency to better serve its clients.

The association works with the Massachusetts Department of Housing and Community Development and other state agencies to open doors to economic prosperity for low-income Massachusetts residents.

Collectively, the agencies serve approximately 600,000 individuals annually, employ approximately 5,500 staff, and have granted over 6,000 contracts to local vendors worth more than $50 million.