For Immediate Release

Contact:
Suzanne Ouellette
617.451.7939
suzanne_ouellette@ccab.org

Catholic Charities to provide free legal assistance to Haitian Immigrants seeking Temporary Protected Status

(BOSTON) January 20, 2010—For two days, immigration attorneys from Boston law firms will be on-hand to assist in processing requests for Temporary Protected Status (TPS) of Haitian nationals who were in the United States as of January 12, 2010.  This free legal assistance will take place this Friday (1/22) and Saturday (1/23) from 10:00 a.m. until 5:00 p.m. at Catholic Charities Haitian Multi-Service Center in Dorchester

A hotline has been established to provide information and gather contact information from those in need of TPS assistance at (617) 464-8004. Callers will hear a recorded message in Haitian Creole and English with the date, location and time of the group processing and are asked to leave their contact information. Immigration attorneys from Mintz Levin, the American Immigration Lawyers Association (AILA) will volunteer their legal services. Translators will be available if needed.

“We are committed to assist with relief efforts on the ground in Haiti and at home in Boston. It has become clear that among these needs is legal counsel for families looking for Temporary Protected Status during this crisis,” said Marjean Perhot, Director of the Catholic Charities Refugee and Immigration Services. “We encourage anyone who has legal questions or needs assistance filing for TPS call our hotline.”

The Haitian Multi-Service Center supports newly arrived and long-term resident Haitian immigrants and refugees in their quest for educational development and economic self-sufficiency in a culturally and linguistically familiar environment. Approximately 1,500 families are served by the Haitian Multi-Service Center each year mostly from Dorchester, Mattapan, Milton, Roxbury, Hyde Park, Jamaica Plain, Cambridge, Somerville, and other neighborhoods outside of greater Boston.

About Catholic Charities, Archdiocese of Boston
For more than 100 years, Catholic Charities has continued its mission of building a just and compassionate society rooted in the dignity of all people. The agency provides approximately 140 programs and services throughout Eastern Massachusetts. These services respond to the needs of the poor and working poor, provide supportive services to children and families, and assist refugees and immigrants as they become active participants in their communities. Last year, Catholic Charities served nearly 200,000 people in need of all faiths. To discover more of our work, visit www.ccab.org.

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