Get Involved!

MIRA Womens March Boston 2017Want to join MIRA’s work supporting rights and opportunities for immigrants and refugees? You’ve come to the right place.

Scroll down below for our latest action alerts – your calls, emails and in-person engagement can make a real impact! Here are some more things you can do:

Now more than ever: Support the Safe Communities Act!

The Safe Communities Coalition brings together immigrant advocates, civil rights groups, service providers, faith leaders and allies committed to ensuring that in Massachusetts, no one has to live in fear, and everyone’s civil rights will be respected. Since 2016, we have built unprecedented support on Beacon Hill and across our Commonwealth, and ensured the adoption of pro-immigrant policies in dozens of local communities.

Now it’s time to bring our work to fruition. Safe Communities Act is before the Legislature as S.1401 (Sen. Jamie Eldridge) and H.3573 (Reps. Ruth Balser and Liz Miranda), with core provisions to restore community trust in public institutions by avoiding entanglement in immigration matters, and protect due process for all.

We need to keep building political momentum to ensure that the SCA passes in this session. That means legislators need to keep hearing from constituents, week after week, until we succeed.

Will you join our campaign today? Click here to send emails or find more ways to take action!

Read more: Support Safe Communities!

It’s time to extend in-state tuition to all Mass. high school graduates!

Higher Ed Equity Policies Across the U.S.

At least 20 states and the District of Columbia have laws or policies enabling students who meet certain criteria to pay in-state tuition at public colleges and universities, regardless of immigration status. A growing number of states also offer state financial aid to these students.

Yet in Massachusetts, where 1 in 6 residents is foreign-born, and immigrants and their children make up a large shares of public school enrollment in many districts, bills to extend in-state tuition and state financial aid to all eligible high school graduates have failed to advance in the Legislature. For thousands of students, that means college is simply beyond reach. In Massachusetts, students with DACA or Temporary Protected Status (TPS) qualify for in-state tuition, but undocumented students don’t – no matter how long they’ve lived here. And all these students, including DACA and TPS holders, are ineligible for federal or state financial aid.

For context, a year of full-time coursework at Bunker Hill Community College (15 credits per term, excluding health insurance, books, etc.) will cost $5,580 with in-state tuition, and $12,060 at out-of-state rates. At Framingham State University, in-state tuition and fees for day students are $11,100, while the out-of-state price is $17,180. At UMass Boston, the costs are $14,613 and $34,649, respectively.

Read more: It’s time to extend in-state tuition to all Mass. high school graduates!

Make a difference: Donate to MIRA

Individual donors play a key role in funding MIRA’s work, both by providing core support, and by helping us respond quickly to emerging needs. By donating to MIRA today, you can be a part of one of the most important social justice movements in our nation right now. Help us ensure that the voices of immigrants and refugees are heard loud and clear – and that everyone in our communities feels safe, welcome and able to fully participate in our economic, social and civic life.

Read more: Make a difference: Donate to MIRA

Volunteer with MIRA!

Liza Ryan addresses volunteers
MIRA Organizing Director Liza Ryan addresses hundreds of volunteers at an open house in Boston in February.

Thank you for your interest in volunteering with MIRA!

Our volunteers play important roles in several different aspects of our work, particularly our citizenship services, voter registration drives, and communications and events. Click on the area you’re interested in scroll down for details and contact information.

Along with these opportunities, we gratefully accept volunteers who are willing to do behind-the-scenes work like data entry, record-keeping and other unglamorous but much-needed tasks. Or if you might be willing to staff a MIRA table at a community festival or event, we may soon set up a team to do that. If you’re interested in any of those options, please email Joel Rivera at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. and put "volunteering" in the subject line.

Please note that we are not a direct services organization; if you would like to help immigrants and refugees in a more personal way, please look at our list of members to find an opportunity that fits your interests, and contact them directly. Some have been swamped with volunteer requests in recent months, but many can still use your help.

Read more: Volunteering at MIRA

Help make college dreams a reality for Boston students!

College kids hands for scholarshipContribute to a scholarship for undocumented immigrants who’ve just graduated from city schools.

Thousands of immigrants attend Boston’s high schools. They work hard and have big dreams, but at graduation time, many face a huge obstacle: If they’re undocumented, they don’t qualify for federal financial aid, and if they enroll in a public college in Massachusetts, many will have to pay out-of-state tuition.

Nationwide, only about 3% of undocumented students finish college, mainly because of the cost. The Unafraid Scholarship was created by a group of teachers to help students from Boston Public Schools who’ve been accepted to college but aren’t eligible for federal financial aid.

Read more: Help make college dreams a reality for Boston students!

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