Who We Are

We are a group of volunteer Needham area residents who are interested in welcoming immigrants to our community and embracing their cultures. In addition, we advocate for immigrants rights at the local, state and national levels.

Our Mission

The Needham Area Immigration Justice Task Force seeks to encourage dialogue and raise awareness within Needham and surrounding towns regarding immigration as a necessary bedrock of a prosperous and growing United States of America. We are committed to welcoming immigrants, changing unjust policies that adversely affect them, and ensuring that they enjoy fair working conditions and security for their families. Through collaborative relationships with immigrant-serving organizations and decision makers, we seek to ensure that immigrants experience fairness and opportunity in this country.

Our Vision

We envision an America that promotes humane policies and social acceptance, which enables immigrant families, whatever their status, to earn a living wage, help their children become educated, and contribute their talents to the well-being of all.

What We Do

Hold educational forums, for example:

  • “Immigration: Why Should Our Community Care?” (November 2012)
  • “Immigration: How Do We Fix a Broken System?” (February 2013)
  • Workshops at the Needham Diversity Summit in years two and three
  • Domestic Worker Forum (November 2014)
  • Forum on the new Domestic Worker Rights legislation–scheduled for Septenber 17, 2015

Sponsor Welcoming Needham events:

  • ESL tutors and immigrant students at the Needham library in January
  • International potluck for tutors and students in April
  • Picnic at the DiFazio Field in August 2014
  • Event at the public housing community room that featured music (March 2015)

Advocate for:

  • Domestic worker rights—with emphasis on local communities
  • An end to wage theft
  • State and federal legislation that defines rights for immigrants and provides opportunity for them

Partner with immigrant organizations:

  • Metrowest Worker Center
  • Brazilian Immigrant Center

Supporting organizations on the task force:

  • League of Women Voters
  • Needham Human Rights Committee
  • Faith communities

Join Us!