Our Work for Immigrant Justice

The Greater Boston Jewish community stands firmly with our immigrant neighbors, catalyzing local action with significant impact on immigrants we’ve gotten to know right here in Boston.

Boston Immigration Justice Accompaniment Network
We created BIJAN with our interfaith partners.
Together, we've mobilized over 1,000 volunteers who have:

  • Accompanied immigrants to over 1,000 court hearings
  • Provided legal support to over 250 people
  • Raised over $750,000 to bond out 160 people
  • Housed 65 individuals/families coming out of/reuniting after detention

There are plenty of opportunities for action:

  • Provide Court Accompaniment
    With our partner BIJAN, we are organizing people to attend hearings at immigration court, to stand with these our detained neighbors in their efforts to prevent deportation. To date, our network has accompanied people to over 1,000 hearings.

  • Help Bond People out of Immigration Detention
    Our network has raised over $750,000 to help bond out over 160 people from immigration detention in MA. There is always a need for more fundraising support and volunteers to help with bond logistics.

  • Provide Home Hospitality
    When people are bonded out and do not have anywhere else to go, we find hosts within our community able to host for the short, medium and long term. Our network has connected over 65 hosts and individuals/families coming out of immigration detention.

  • Advocate for the Safety and Dignity of our Immigrant Neighbors
    We are also working to make change on the legislative level: as Along with many other local Jewish organizations (including ADL, AJC, JALSA, JVS, and JFS). In 2019, JCRC joined the Driving Families Forward coalition to pass legislation increasing access to drivers licenses. This bill would allow anyone to apply for a drivers license, regardless of immigration status, ensuring immigrants can safely drive themselves and their families to work and school, pass driving tests, and get insurance - making the roads safer for everyone. You can join this work by urging your state elected officials to advocate in favor of this legislation.

Sanctuary Clusters
Drawing on the passion and commitment of our community, JCRC has organized 18 synagogues and over 400 volunteers in Sanctuary clusters that are actively supporting families in crisis by providing shelter, food, and other needed services.

To learn more or get involved in this work, contact Director of Synagogue Organizing Rachel Lewis at 617-457-8653 or by email.

“In seeing this work, I felt strengthened, I felt the power and love of our Jewish community and our commitment to showing up when it matters.” — Ida Assefa, BIJAN Organizer