Category Archives: IAC In The News

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

SouthCoast nonprofits pay big dividends

SouthCoast nonprofits pay big dividends

It takes a village, a region, and even the online community to help provide social services today. As government funding shrinks under increasingly tighter budgets, SouthCoast-based nonprofits are relying all the more on private donors, community foundations, volunteers and other creative sources to fulfill their missions. Nonprofits such as the Community Foundation of Southeastern Massachusetts,… Continue Reading

‘A lot of questions’: SouthCoast groups hurry to help with DACA renewals

‘A lot of questions’: SouthCoast groups hurry to help with DACA renewals

NEW BEDFORD — The Immigrants’ Assistance Center is set to host a DACA information and renewal session and two other community organizations are also available for renewal assistance. “We’re trying to get as many applications through as possible,” said Helena DaSilva Hughes, executive director of the Immigrants’ Assistance Center. While the center has been doing… Continue Reading

Hundreds of Portuguese ‘Dreamers’ in legal limbo

Hundreds of Portuguese ‘Dreamers’ in legal limbo

It is hard to know numerically how many Portuguese could face deportation due to President Donald Trump’s decision to rescind Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) — a reprieve for undocumented immigrants who were brought to the U.S. as children — but immigrant advocates who have provided support to some of them say there are… Continue Reading

‘To us, this is home:’ SouthCoast residents under DACA fear for their futures

‘To us, this is home:’ SouthCoast residents under DACA fear for their futures

Pricilla Gamboa, 21, lives in Fairhaven, goes to Bristol Community College and volunteers. Luis Gomez, 27, has his driver’s license, graduated from Greater New Bedford Voc-Tech and is in a five-year electrician apprenticeship program. Yet Gamboa and Gomez have more in common than their commitment to charting a solid course for themselves. Both were brought… Continue Reading

Evento de angariação de fundos para o Centro de Assistência ao Imigrante reúne mais de 200 pessoas; rende $30 mil

Evento de angariação de fundos para o Centro de Assistência ao Imigrante reúne mais de 200 pessoas; rende $30 mil

NEW BEDFORD — Uma angariação de fundos realizada no passado dia 10 de Agosto a favor do Centro de Assistência ao Imigrante reuniu mais de 200 pessoas e rendeu cerca de $30 mil para programas destinados a ajudar a comunidade imigrante a superar barreiras culturais e linguÍsticas e a integrar-se na sociedade americana. “De modo… Continue Reading

IAC, AMI working together to help deportees

IAC, AMI working together to help deportees

NEW BEDFORD — Portuguese citizens who are deported from the United States will now have a new program to offer them support and services once they arrive in their native country, according to Immigrants’ Assistance Center Executive Director Helena da Silva Hughes. The IAC will be working with AMI — a Portuguese non-governmental humanitarian organization… Continue Reading

Centro de Assistência ao Imigrante acolhe cerimónia de naturalização

Centro de Assistência ao Imigrante acolhe cerimónia de naturalização

NEW BEDFORD — Maria Medeiros deixou-se dominar pela emoção, não conseguindo controlar as lágrimas de alegria após se ter tornado cidadã norte-americana, numa cerimónia de naturalização que teve lugar na passada sexta-feira, no Centro de Assistência ao Imigrante em New Bedford. “Estou cheia de alegria,” salientou Medeiros, enquanto recebia beijos e abraços de parabéns. A… Continue Reading