Category Archives: IAC In The News

A massive ICE raid in this town didn’t stop undocumented labor — or illegal immigration

A massive ICE raid in this town didn’t stop undocumented labor — or illegal immigration

The traffic blockade was ready. The vans and buses were standing by. The agents told the mayor and the Department of Social Services. And then they stormed the factory. It was March 6, 2007, in New Bedford, Massachusetts. Immigration officials raided the Michael Bianco leather factory, a defense contractor that hired hundreds of undocumented workers… Continue Reading

New Bedford Fishery Workers Spooked By Rumors Of Impending Immigration Raid

New Bedford Fishery Workers Spooked By Rumors Of Impending Immigration Raid

Rumors have been circulating for months on the docks of New Bedford. Workers have been hearing that Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) agents are coming.  Jon Mitchell, New Bedford’s Harvard-educated mayor, told WGBH News, “It’s hard to tell whether some of those reports are apocryphal or whether they reflect an actual enforcement initiative, but either way it’s… Continue Reading

Addiction help available for Portuguese-speaking families

Addiction help available for Portuguese-speaking families

Local service providers brought their message Monday night to the Portuguese-speaking community: Help is available for families struggling with opioid addiction. A panel of seven speakers addressed about a dozen people gathered at the Immigrants’ Assistance Center to present information and answer questions. Hosted by the center’s Helena DaSilva Hughes and state Rep. Antonio F.D.… Continue Reading

Há milhares de portugueses indocumentados em Massachusetts que podem ser deportados

Há milhares de portugueses indocumentados em Massachusetts que podem ser deportados

O Centro de Assistência ao Imigrante, em New Bedford, fundado em 1971 por um grupo de imigrantes portugueses e luso-americanos, com a finalidade de ajudar os portugueses que na altura chegavam à cidade, hoje sob a direção de Helena Silva Hughes, tem hoje uma ação redimensionada e mais alargada aos imigrantes provenientes de vários países.… Continue Reading

2017 Spring Fundraiser Photos

2017 Spring Fundraiser Photos

On March 31, 2017 the Immigrants’ Assistance Center, Inc. (IAC) hosted a very important Spring Fundraiser. Held at the New Bedford Whaling Museum, the event was a fun filled night that included food, entertainment and a beautiful view of the waterfront. We would like to thank everyone that attended and everyone that helped make this… Continue Reading

Immigrants, advocates say old fears rising to the surface

Immigrants, advocates say old fears rising to the surface

Jon Mitchell broke a language barrier with a hug on the one-month anniversary of President Donald Trump’s executive order that focused on broadening the focus of deportations. The New Bedford mayor opened an immigration community forum in front of a room filled with mostly Portuguese- and Spanish-speaking residents on Feb. 25 by embracing Helena DaSilva… Continue Reading

Scam artists use fear of deportation to get cash from immigrants

Scam artists use fear of deportation to get cash from immigrants

Since the presidential election last November, fear consumes most days for Helena DaSilva Hughes at the Immigrant Assistance Center. For nearly four months, immigrants have trekked to the brick building at 58 Crapo St. turning to the executive director of the non-profit organization for reassurance that they won’t be deported; that Immigrations and Customs Enforcement… Continue Reading

Christmas Party for the Portuguese Elders  Social Group

Christmas Party for the Portuguese Elders Social Group

The Immigrants’ Assistance Center, Inc. (IAC) hosted a Christmas Party for the Portuguese Elders  Social Group on Tuesday, December 20th at the IAC  on the 2nd floor. A total of about 40 Portuguese Elders attended the event.  The elders sang Christmas songs from their childhood.  In addition, the Portuguese Elders displayed their needle work, crafts… Continue Reading