Meet JRI's Service Navigator

Our Navigator personally answers questions and talks with you about resources that may be available in the community to meet your individualized needs. If you have any questions about our programs or services, or aren't sure what you need, contact our Service Navigator, Rachel Arruda, and we will get in touch with you as soon as possible.

Rachel has been a part of the JRI team since January, 2000. For over 20 years, Rachel has been working in the field of human services assisting families with accessing and navigating services. Rachel received her Bachelors degree in psychology and Masters Degree in Public Administration from Bridgewater State University. She was promoted in July 2005 to Family Networks Program Director where she closely worked with the Department of Children Families for 10 years ensuring that children and families received the highest quality of individualized services ranging from community based through residential care. Rachel is very dedicated to helping the individuals she works with and is committed to improving the lives of children and families. Rachel’s passion for creative service programming inspires her in her role as JRI Service Navigator.

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Equality Resources

Information About the New "Public Charge" Rule

The new “public charge” rule has been finalized and will take effect on October 15, 2019 unless stopped or delayed by pending litigation. 

For more information about the proposed public charge rule please visit the Protecting Immigrant Families website. Links to additional resources are provided below. Here are some important things to know:

1. The rule is NOT retroactive and does not include benefits accessed prior to October 15th (unless already included in the old rule)

2. Many immigrant groups are not subject to the “public charge” test including: Lawful Permanent Residents, asylum seekers, refugees, TPS, DACA renewals, U or T Visas, and Special Immigrant Juvenile Status.

3. Some benefits are not considered in determining whether someone is likely to become a “public charge” including: Medicaid for children under 21 years old, pregnant women, and new mothers.

For specific information about how the new “public charge” rule may affect you, consult an immigration attorney.

 


Below is a list of resources regarding equality, and your rights.

Know Your Rights: Demonstrations and Protests  Know Your Rights: Demonstrations and Protests
 
Know Your Rights: What to do if you’re stopped by police, immigration agents, or the FBI Know your rights (English)
 
Conozca sus derechos: parado/a por la policia, agentes de inmigracios o el FBI Know your rights (Spanish) 
 
 
Letters for Black Lives: an open letter project on anti-blackness (a set of crowdsourced, multilingual, and culturally-aware resources aimed at creating a space for open and honest conversations about racial justice, police violence, and anti-Blackness in our families and communities)
 

Resources 

How to Protect Yourself and Your Family as DACA ends
DACA Announcement Reaction Toolkit 
What Do I Need to Know About the End of DACA
Department of Homeland Security: FAQ About Rescission of DACA
DREAM Act Toolkit https://dreamacttoolkit.org/
FWD.us: Resource that helps you contact your congressman. Also gives other resources for advocacy and political involvement
Educators for Fair Consideration (E4FC) http://e4fc.org/
Immigrant Legal Resource Center https://www.ilrc.org/

Donate

Cosecha: Advocacy group requesting fund to continue the fight for DACA students. Support the Fight Financially. 

United We Dream Network

DRUM - Desis Rising Up & Moving

Define American

Student Immigrant Movement - local Boston organization for undocumented students 

Centro Presente 

Chelsea Collaborative

Coalition of Humane Immigrant Rights

Massachusetts Immigrant and Refugee Advocacy Coalition (MIRA)

RAICES

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