CJP’s deeply held, 100-year commitment to caring for the vulnerable has compelled us to establish the CJP Legal Aid Fund for Immigrants in partnership with Catholic Charities of the Archdiocese of Boston — a dedicated and impactful faith-based organization working to build a more just and compassionate society. Together, we will greatly expand direct, urgently needed legal assistance to immigrants. Catholic Charities currently provides legal assistance for an estimated 1,000 people a year; this year, the need could easily quadruple.

UPDATE: In September, CJP was extremely troubled to learn that the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program that shields as many as 800,000 young undocumented immigrants from deportation will end. Now, those who have been protected under DACA are panicked, and our support can help Catholic Charities provide the legal advice they desperately need. We will continue to stand against discrimination and fear by helping those in need with our partners in the faith community.

Our Jewish faith teaches us we were “strangers in the land of Egypt”: oppressed, unwelcome, and desperate. In our 2,000 years of wandering in Asia, Africa, and Europe, we have known the pain and fear of uncertainty, of being viewed as outsiders. 

In our community and beyond, immigrants, including some who have lived in our area for decades, are facing frightening new questions about their status.

We are proud to be in partnership with them, to stand together in faith, taking action against discrimination and fear.


With your generosity, 100% of your gift will fund Catholic Charities’ efforts to assist immigrants, including:  

  • Expanding legal services by hiring more attorneys to handle the larger caseload;
  • Assisting victims of domestic violence — both women and children — to be safe from abuse and earn legal status;
  • Helping unaccompanied children who are often victims of sexual abuse, abandonment, or neglect;
  • Holding more “Know Your Rights” sessions for immigrants at community centers across Greater Boston.
  • Supporting young adults previously protected by the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) who may now be threatened with deportation.