MLRI: Immigrants and Public Benefits

  • Product Number: 2190106P01
  • CLE Credits, earn up to:
    5.5 substantive credits, 0 ethics credits CLE Credit Note
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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 in Massachusetts, how immigration status affects public benefits in general and an overview of the most commonly seen types of immigration status and documents. It includes up-to-the-minute information about a proposed “public charge” rule that may change how benefits are treated for immigration purposes in the future as well as 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 types of benefits focus on the most up-to-date 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.

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    Patricia J. Baker, Massachusetts Law Reform Institute, Boston
    Deirdre M. Giblin, Esq., Massachusetts Law Reform Institute, Boston
    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
    Andrea M. Park, Esq., Massachusetts Law Reform Institute, Boston
    Victoria Pulos, Esq., Massachusetts Law Reform Institute, Boston