Our Work for Immigrant Justice
The Greater Boston Jewish community stands firmly with our immigrant neighbors.
We catalyze local action with significant impact on immigrants we’ve gotten to know right here in Boston. Drawing on the passion and commitment of our community, we’ve 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.
We are helping by:
For families who have run out of options to stay together, some congregations are taking the courageous step of opening their doors as a refuge, supported by additional, nearby congregations. This requires two volunteers to stay with the family 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, until the family is able to safely leave Sanctuary.
STANDING UP FOR THE UNJUSTLY DETAINED
Our clusters are raising money for bond and connecting individuals to legal resources (undocumented people are not entitled to lawyers). So far, we have assisted 63 detained, undocumented immigrants to gain release, and we continue to work to see their cases fully resolved.
PROVIDING ACCOMPANIMENT AT ICE CHECK-INS AND HEARINGS
We are organizing people to attend check-ins with ICE (Immigration and Customs Enforcement), to which undocumented people are terriﬁed to show up. In the last few months, many undocumented individuals have been unexpectedly served with notices of deportation. We work with these individuals and families on strategies to ﬁght deportation and show that they are not alone in their ﬁght.
ADVOCATING FOR THE SAFETY AND DIGNITY OF OUR IMMIGRANT NEIGHBORS
Our clusters, as well as many other local Jewish organizations (including ADL, AJC, JALSA, JVS, and JFS), support the inclusion of basic protections for immigrants in the 2019 budget.
We work with our other faith-based partners to create a new interfaith grassroots collaboration – the Boston Immigration Justice Accompaniment Network (BIJAN) – which has mobilized over 700 volunteers supporting over 400 undocumented people currently or once detained in the South Bay detention center by providing pastoral, ﬁnancial, and emotional support- including by opening our doors to house over 40 of our foreign-born neighbors targeted for deportation.