MLRI: Immigrants & Public Benefits
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.