Press Releases

Brazilian Women’s Group statement on 2018 International Women’s Day
March 8, 2018
On this International Women’s Day our thoughts go to all the courageous women who brought sexual assault and harassment at the workplace to center stage. To all the working women who have to choose between caring for a sick child or loved one and risking losing their job. All the women in ICE detention who are separated from their families. All the women and girls who are oppressed, sexually assaulted, diminished, and silenced.

Victory for Dreamers
June 15, 2012
The Brazilian Women's Group congratulates all students for their courage to make their dream comes through. The Brazilian Women's Group also thanks President Obama for his leadership at such a crucial moment for our nation and our youths. We hope the President will continue to exercise his leadership to make this measure permanent and to extent it to thousands of workers who daily contribute to make the United States one of the greatest country in the world.

Community leaders ask Chief Hussey not to honor detainers
June 8, 2012
A group of community leaders from Allston-Brighton met Thursday morning with Brighton Chief of Police, Captain James Hussey to express their concerns with the impact of the implementation of Secure Communities. The leaders stressed the fear in the community and told of women victims of domestic violence and other abused who would not report their abusers for fear to be turned over to ICE.

NO to Secure Communities
May 9, 2012
The Brazilian Women’s Group is shocked to learn federal immigration officials will activate Secure Communities program statewide in Massachusetts on May 15, despite strong opposition from Governor Deval Patrick and advocacy groups.

Brazilian Worker Needs Help
November 14, 2011
Thanks to a kind donor who offered to pay half of Adinan's bail, we have already raised almost $2,400.00 of the $4,500.00 set by the judge. Your donation of any amount is fully tax-deductible and will help Adinan secure not only his freedom, but also a victory for worker's rights.

UMass Lowell’s TURI Awards $100K to Community Groups
September 21, 2011
UMass Lowell’s Toxics Use Reduction Institute (TURI) awarded $25,000 each to four Massachusetts community organizations for educating the public about safer products to avoid the negative health effects of toxics used in nail salons, cleaning products and on lawns.

Advocates Encourage Mayor Menino to Withdraw from Secure Communities
July 11, 2011
The Boston Globe reported today that Mayor Thomas M. Menino will withdraw Boston from "Secure Communities" if the federal government cannot demonstrate that this controversial immigration enforcement program is doing the job it promised. The federal government's own figures belie its claim that the program's main function is to deport dangerous criminals. As the Globe reported last week, "Federal statistics show that 183 of 352 immigrants deported from Boston since 2008 - or about 52 percent - had no criminal record, much higher than the national average of 29 percent."

Globe article highlights injustice of program
July 3, 2011
“The story published in today’s Boston Globe only underscores what community activists have been saying over and over again: Secure communities does not work and does not make our communities safer. On the contrary, it breaks up families and communities and undermines people’s trust in the authorities. We believe one of the best ways to prevent violent crimes is to make people confident that they can go to the authorities. They should never fear authorities more than they fear their tormentor,” said the Brazilian Women’s Group Executive-Director Heloisa Maria Galvão.

Call for Action: MA Senators approve anti-immigrant amendments
May 29, 2011
The amendment, similar to last year’s repackaged amendment that marked a severe blow to immigrant rights (later retracted), includes the following provisions.

Stop Anti-Immigrant Amendments!
May 24, 2011
The Senate has filed a number of anti immigrant amendments from a 24 hour hotline to E-verify and barring in-state tuition. Please contact your Senators to let them know that you are against these amendments!

CAIXA and SEBRAE bring new financial training workshops to Brazilians in Massachusetts
May 13, 2011
CAIXA has partnered up with SEBRAE, a Brazilian Institution that supports small businesses, and will be in Massachusetts for another round of workshops regarding the “Financial Education for Brazilian Immigrants and Their Beneficiaries in Brazil Program.”

Update on Secure Communities Public Meetings
April 16, 2011
The Executive Office of Public Safety and Security announced at today's fourth Secure Communities public meeting in Waltham that it is consolidating the remainder of the community meetings regarding the Federal Secure Communities Program. These meetings, which have been taking place since February, have promoted an open dialogue around the Federal Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) Secure Communities program. To date, over a thousand individuals have shared their opinions at the meetings.

Supreme Judicial Court Rules in Favor of Attorney General in Case Protecting Workers' Wages from Illegal Employer Deduction
January 25, 2011
Today, the Massachusetts Supreme Judicial Court (SJC) affirmed a decision by the Division of Administrative Law Appeals (DALA) upholding a citation by Attorney General Martha Coakley’s Office against Michael Camara and his company, ABC Disposal, Inc. (ABC), a recycling and waste hauling company located in New Bedford, for illegally deducting from employees’ wages, in violation of the Massachusetts Wage Act.

An Act Relative to the Commercial Exploitation of People
January 20, 2011
Today, the Brazilian Women’s Group (BWG) joined with Massachusetts Attorney General Martha Coakley and a coalition of Legislators, District Attorneys, law enforcement, and victim advocates to announce the filing of An Act Relative to the Commercial Exploitation of People, comprehensive legislation that would for the first time, establish human trafficking for sexual servitude or labor as a crime in Massachusetts.  Massachusetts is currently one of only five states in the country without human trafficking laws.  The bill gives law enforcement the necessary tools to investigate and prosecute the crimes and attempts to address all three aspects of human trafficking – supply, demand, and victim services.

USCIS and ICE offices closed due to snowstorm
January 11, 2011
Notice to US Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) Customers in Massachusetts, New Hampshire, Rhode Island and Maine: Due to the impending snowstorm all interviews scheduled for Wednesday, January 12, 2011 have been cancelled.

Remittances and Training for Brazilian Migrants and their Beneficiaries in Brazil
April 12, 2010
Caixa Econômica Federal, IDB Interamerican Development Bank and SEBRAE - Brazilian Microenterprise and Small Business Support Service, signed an agreement for the development of the program ‘Remittances and Training for Brazilian Migrants and their Beneficiaries in Brazil’. It aims, first and foremost, at Brazilian emigrants living in Massachusetts/USA and the beneficiaries of remittances made by these migrants, located at the micro-region of Governador Valadares/ MG/ Brazil.

Art Exhibit at Somerville Museum celebrates Brazilian Women’s Group’s 15th anniversary
March 2, 2010
The 100th International Women's Day's and the Brazilian Women’s Group's 15 years of community work are celebrated in style with the opening of “Mulher”: the Brazilian Art Exhibit at the Somerville Museum. A reception open to the public will mark the date this Sunday, 3-5 P.M. The show features over 70 works by Brazilian artists, such as Wilson Gouveia, a Somerville resident, who paints fierce female colorful images.

The Brazilian Women’s Group condemns the latest ICE raid in Foxboro, MA
January 8th, 2010
The Brazilian Women’s Group condemns the latest ICE raid in Foxboro, MA, where nine people were detained and dozens of others were placed in removal proceedings. The BWG is concerned about how this raid was performed, how are these workers being held, and whether they are allowed to contact their families and consulates.

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