Refugees and immigrants have have always been the building blocks of American society and culture. They -- we -- have richly contributed to the character and strength of the American way of life for generations. At Lutheran Social Services, we believe the warm and generous welcome Americans have traditionally given refugees and immigrants reaffirms the roots and ideals of our American society.
For many years, the US government has demonstrated international leadership by responding to refugee emergencies promptly and generously. America continues to affirm its capacity to welcome and integrate newcomers fleeing terror, oppression or looking for a new start. It is what makes this country great.
To effectively facilitate the economic and social integration of refugees and immigrants into American society, Lutheran Social Services is committed to provide the highest quality services throughout the resettlement period, foster the self-sufficiency of refugee and immigrant families, inform and educate the community about the refugee and immigrant experience, and partner with volunteers and the community to support our new neighbors.
In addition to basic resettlement services, we provide a variety of services to assist refugees and immigrants with their transition to their new homeland and culture.
In New Hampshire, we provide statewide Interpretation services for both refugees and immigrants through the Language Bank
In Massachusetts, we offer legal services for immigrants
; foster care for refugee children through the Unaccompanied Refugee Minors Program
(URMP); and the micro-enterprise development program to train and assist refugees and asylees to start or strengthen their own business and attain economic self sufficiency through self-employment.
LSS launches human trafficking clinic at Boston University School of Law
September 12, 2012 ...Boston, Mass.
Lutheran Social Services continues to lead the way in Massachusetts in confronting the crime of human trafficking.
Julie Dahlstrom, Esq., managing attorney for LSS’s Immigration Legal Assistance Program, has spearheaded the establishment of a human trafficking clinic at the BU School of Law and will also serve as the faculty. The clinic offers a unique opportunity for law students to work on actual cases of human trafficking, a widespread and serious human rights violation that involves as many as 27 million people world-wide.
The LSS human trafficking program provides confidential legal services and other types of support to survivors of human trafficking, such as pro bono legal advice and representation, including assistance to noncitizen survivors of human trafficking applying for a T Visa; comprehensive case management services; employment services; English as a Second Language classes and educational programs; and referrals to community-based organizations.
LSS seeks donations, grants, and endowments to sustain the program. Donations may be made at gifts.lssne.org/donate. For further information on LSS’s program for survivors of human trafficking, visit www.lssne.org/ilap