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Immigrants and Public Benefits Training

03/08/2018 - 9:30am to 4:00pm
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MCLE Conference Center, Ten Winter Place, Boston
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This all-day training offers the nuts-and-bolts on how immigration status affects eligibility for benefits for non-citizen immigrants and refugees. The trainers include both immigration lawyers and legal experts in different public benefit programs.

It covers basic information about immigrants inMassachusetts, how immigration status affects public benefits in general and an overview of the most commonly seen types of immigration status and documents. It also includes a “know your rights” session for community organizations to address fears among immigrants whom they serve, and briefly covers language access issues. Experts in different benefits focus on the immigrant eligibility rules in specific programs including the TAFDC, EAEDC and SSI cash assistance programs, the SNAP (food stamps) program, MassHealth and other subsidized health programs and state and federal subsidized housing programs.

This training is for legal services advocates, lawyers in private practice, social and health services workers, and community advocates.


  • Legal Services Attorneys and Non Lawyer Advocates ....$25
  • All Others ....$95


  • Patricia J. Baker, Massachusetts Law Reform Institute, Boston
  • Iris D. Gomez, Esq., Massachusetts Law Reform Institute, Boston
  • Emily Leung, Esa., Massachusetts Law Reform Institute, Boston
  • Judith Liben, Esq., Massachusetts Law Reform Institute, Boston
  • Victoria Pulos, Esq., Massachusetts Law Reform Institute, Boston
  • Teresita Ramos, Esq., Massachusetts Law Reform Institute, Boston

For more information or to register, go to MCLE's website,  Note: When registering on MCLE website, be sure to select your program fee “Category” in the drop down menu. Click “Update” for adjusted course fee.

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