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Immigrants & Public Benefits

We're forwarding info on the upcoming Immigrants & Public Benefits BBT April 7. Please note this year's session will end at 3 & will not have an afternoon plenary. Hope you can join us!
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Date: Thu, Mar 24, 2022 at 9:06 AM
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Immigrants & Public Benefits
Note: Due to COVID-19 restrictions, this program is available online only as a live or recorded webcast.
This all-day training offers the nuts-and-bolts on how immigration status affects eligibility for state and federal public benefits.

In the morning, you get an overview of how immigrants obtain legal status, how to read immigration documents in order to understand their legal status, any recent changes during the Biden Administration regarding new immigration statuses, the Administration's change in the "public charge" rules in March 2021 and any subsequent federal guidance issued. You also learn from health law experts about MassHealth and other subsidized health care programs available to immigrants and their dependents.

In the afternoon, you hear from benefits experts about other public benefits potentially available to low-income legal immigrants including: state and federal subsidized housing programs, emergency shelter, cash assistance (TAFDC and EAEDC) and the federal SNAP and child nutrition programs. The afternoon also includes a plenary session highlighting immigrant eligibility for unemployment, tax credits, emergency food, school meals and any COVID-related benefits still available to immigrant households in early 2022.


MCLE, the Massachusetts Law Reform Institute (MLRI), and other Massachusets legal services programs collaborate to provide annual basic public benefits advocacy training events for the many public and private sector lawyers and community advocates who assist Massachusetts residents to qualify for and receive public benefits. Detailed materials are distributed electronically for all trainings.
  • Immigration Status, Documents and Public Charge 
  • Health Benefits and Immigrants 
  • Cash and Nutrition Benefits 
  • Housing and EA Shelter Benefits 
Patricia J. Baker, Massachusetts Law Reform Institute, Boston, Chair
Iris D. Gomez, Esq., Massachusetts Law Reform Institute, Boston
Katie Condon Grace, Esq., MetroWest Legal Services, Framingham
Judith Liben, Esq., Massachusetts Law Reform Institute, Boston
Naomi A. Meyer, Esq., Greater Boston Legal Services, Boston
Mario Paredes, Esq., Massachusetts Law Reform Institute, Boston
Victoria Pulos, Esq., Massachusetts Law Reform Institute, Boston
Dates Earn up to 4.5 CLE credits.
Live WebcastLIVE WEBCAST » 
Thursday, April 7, 2022
9:30 am–3:00 pm
Recorded WebcastRECORDED WEBCAST » 
Friday, April 22, 2022
9:30 am–3:00 pm
Recorded WebcastRECORDED WEBCAST » 
Monday, May 2, 2022
9:30 am–3:00 pm
Tuition (includes written materials)
$35 Legal Services Attorneys and Non Lawyer Advocates
$125 All Others

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