Immigrants and Public Benefits

  • Public Benefits / Welfare
  • Refugees

This training offers the nuts-and-bolts on immigration status as it affects eligibility for benefits for non-citizen immigrants and refugees. Massachusetts has a significant immigrant population. This training walks you through the basics of immigration and public benefits rules to help you understand which public benefits are available for specific immigrant populations. It covers any recent changes in Department of Transitional Assistance, MassHealth, Health Insurance Connector, Social Security Administration, and state and federal subsidized housing policy on immigrant eligibility. There is also a brief presentation on current issues affecting immigrants in the state legislature or in Congress. This training is for legal services advocates, lawyers in private practice, social and health services workers, and community advocates. Participants receive detailed materials.


  • Patricia J. Baker, Massachusetts Law Reform Institute, Boston
  • Iris D. Gomez, Esq., Massachusetts Law Reform Institute, Boston
  • Judith Liben, Esq., Massachusetts Law Reform Institute, Boston
  • Victoria Pulos, Esq., Massachusetts Law Reform Institute, Boston

The cost for legal services attorneys and non-lawyer advocates is $25. For all others, it is $95.

For more information or to register, go to MCLE's website,  When registering on MCLE's website, be sure to select your program fee "Category" in the drop down menu. Click "Update" for adjusted course fee.


IAN Partners

  • pro bono net
  • american immigration lawyers association
  • national immigration law center
  • unidos us
  • immigration legal resource center
  • immigration legal resource center
  • american immigration council
  • american civil liberties union
  • american immigration council
  • national immigration project
  • the advocates for human rights
  • lutheran immigration and refugee service
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