Category Archives: IAC In The News

IAC’s Helena Hughes receives BCC’s Distinguished Citizen Award

IAC’s Helena Hughes receives BCC’s Distinguished Citizen Award

Immigrants’ Assistance Center Executive Director Helena Hughes was recently presented with the 2018 Distinguished Citizens Award by Bristol Community College in recognition of her commitment to serve as a resource for immigrant needs and developing programs that contribute to the community’s collective prosperity. “Your limitless skills, commitment and energy have strengthened our region with inclusivity,… Continue Reading

Local immigrant advocates see pain of separated families

Local immigrant advocates see pain of separated families

NEW BEDFORD — Corinn Williams of the Community Economic Development Center said her office is just beginning to deal with the problem of families being affected by separations at the border. “These folks have a legitimate claim for asylum” and wouldn’t leave everything behind in their home country if they didn’t, Williams said. “We’re talking… Continue Reading

Immigrants’ Assistance Center honors Laurie Bullard

Immigrants’ Assistance Center honors Laurie Bullard

The Immigrants’ Assistance Center presented its inaugural Laurie Bullard Award for “relentless advocacy and unwavering devotion to the immigrant community” to Laurie Bullard, formerly of New Bedford and now of Westport, on Friday. From late 2016 through early 2018, the IAC experienced a 35 percent increase in the need for services to more than 9,000… Continue Reading

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