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Hildreth Challenge Grant
In memory of the 10th anniversary of the New Bedford ICE raid and in solidarity with our immigrant community, the Hildreth Family Foundation has generously offered to match up to $10,000 in gifts to Greater Boston Legal Services during the month of April in support of our immigration civil legal work. Our sincere thanks to the Hildreth Family Foundation for this critical support when it is needed most!
On March 6, 2007, hundreds of federal immigration officials and police officers rounded up over 360 New Bedford leather factory workers who could not prove they were in the United States legally. The workers were mainly poor women from central America, who had been manufacturing equipment and backpacks for the U.S military. The raid left over 100 families and children in fear for the future. Greater Boston Legal Services responded and our staff worked hard to help the workers and their families in their time of need.
It has been ten years since the New Bedford raid and immigrants in our community are once again living in fear. Many of the low-income immigrants that GBLS helps are fleeing violence and extreme poverty in their countries of origin. Our clients are grateful for the opportunity to work hard and build a better life for themselves and their families in the Boston area. Yet, recent changes to immigration rules and proposed new policies threaten immigrants’ stability in the U.S. There is still much work to be done.
Please join us in supporting hard working immigrants and refugees in our community. Make a gift and double your impact today!