City of Cambridge

Commission on Immigrant Rights and Citizenship


Announcing the City of Cambridge and CLSACC Monthly Immigration Legal Screening Clinic

flyer for 2018 date for CIRC screening clinic 

Stay updated on DACA and follow Massachusetts Immigrant and Refugee Advocacy Coalition (MIRA)

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On September 5, 2017, the Trump Administration announced that it will end the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program in 6 months. At this point it is unclear whether protections afforded by DACA will continue and be codified through legislation. The lack of clarity regarding the Federal Government’s position on cancelling or extending the DACA program has left DACA beneficiaries in a state of uncertainty.

The Massachusetts Immigrant and Refugee Advocacy Coalition (MIRA) is working with legal services organizations throughout Massachusetts to provide up-to-date information about DACA. For more up-to-date information about DACA, look at MIRA’s DACA information page. For general information about the impacts of DACA, consult the Immigrant Legal Resource Center’s (ILRC) Community Advisory or an immigration attorney.

The information and materials provided at the website links above were not created by the City of Cambridge and the City of Cambridge does not adopt any positions contained therein.  The City of Cambridge is not providing legal advice.  These materials were created by other organizations and if you have any questions or are seeking legal advice you should contact those organizations or your own attorney.

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We do not warranty their information nor have we verified it.

About CIRC

The Commission on Immigrant Rights & Citizenship (CIRC) was formed in September 2016 to address the needs of Cambridge’s immigrant community. It accomplishes this through its work in the following areas: 

  • Providing outreach material regarding immigrant rights and resources, both through its website and in locations throughout the City.
  • Coordinating “Know Your Rights” (KYR) Trainings, provided by experienced Immigration Attorneys, in conjunction with the American Immigration Lawyers Association – New England (AILA-NE) and the Political Asylum and Immigration/Representation (PAIR) Project. Know Your Rights trainings can be arranged through the CIRC Office, by host organizations with sites located in Cambridge. 
  • Providing “Red Cards” in eight predominant local foreign languages (Amharic, Arabic, Bengali, Chinese, Haitian Creole, Portuguese, Spanish and Somali). Red Cards are provided at KYR Trainings, in the CIRC Office and by mail (in limited quantities) upon request.
  • Providing Outreach and Referral Services through a CIRC staff person who will assist Cambridge immigrant residents with identifying, accessing and obtaining City and local services and resources. This CIRC Outreach Worker will reach out to faith-based organizations, community organizations and meeting places that serve immigrant populations, to provide assistance to Cambridge resident immigrants related to housing, benefits, ESOL classes, citizenship classes, legal services and counseling needs. The CIRC Outreach Worker will be available to provide these services starting in fall 2017. 

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Tips and FAQs

How can I arrange a Know Your Rights (KYR) training at my church, mosque, school, apartment building, organization, business, etc.?

Contact the CIRC Office

, at least three (3) weeks in advance of a proposed KYR Training, with your  proposed location, desired date(s) and time for the training (allow at least 1.5 hours). Your host site should be large enough to accommodate your intended audience and have a projector, screen and laptop for use by the KYR Trainer. The host site should be accessible to persons with disabilities. A contact from the host organization must be present during the event.  If the training is provided during the early evening, the host should consider providing a light meal and a separate daycare space and staff for young children who may have accompanied their parents. CIRC will arrange for the KYR Trainer/Attorney, provide outreach materials and “Red Cards.” CIRC can also provide a .pdf of an event poster for use by the host organization.

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