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Executive Order on Immigration

Information and Resources

Students, faculty and staff within the MassArt community have posed questions and expressed concerns about recent executive actions or news items. With this webpage, we are attempting to provide as many resources as possible.

Please note that the contact information for organizations, companies and individuals below is provided solely as resource and does not constitute endorsement or recommendation by Massachusetts College of Art and Design. We will update this list as necessary; please check back often.

"MassArt remains committed to equity, justice, and to being a welcoming community to all."
- President David Nelson

Travel advisory: Helpful Information


Directing International Students to their Rights in Encounters with Law Enforcement

On campus

City of boston

  • Immigrant Advancement Office: Their mission is to strengthen the ability of immigrants and Boston’s diverse cultural and linguistic communities to fully participate in the economic, civic, social, and cultural life of our great City. They also work to promote the commemoration and public understanding of the contributions of immigrants to Boston.
  • Immigration Consultations with Volunteer Attorneys: Clinics on the first and third Wednesday of every month; first-come, first-served.

Boston Area

State of Massachusetts

Attorney General Hotline: If you experience bias-motivated threats, harassment, or violence, please read the following article, and call 1.800.994.3228, or file a report.

Boston Police or the local police department of the town or city the incident takes place in should be notified immediately (911) if you are in any danger or threat of danger. Please also report any incidents to Public Safety, in person on the 2nd floor of Tower or by phone at 617.879.7810 (non-emergency) or 617.879.8700 (emergency) should it happen on or near the MassArt campus.

Immigration resources

National Advocacy Associations

  • American Immigration Lawyers Association: Resource for immigration questions and national directory of immigration attorneys
  • NAFSA: National association of International Educators. Active information sharing and advocacy. Linked page gives a summary of Practical Immigration Concepts in a Time of Change
  • American Civil Liberties Union: The ACLU is a nonprofit and nonpartisan organization that works in the nation’s courts, legislatures and communities to defend and preserve individual working rights and liberties guaranteed by the Constitution and the laws of the United States
  • Immigrant Legal Resource Center: The mission of the Immigrant Legal Resource Center (ILRC) is to work with and educate immigrants, community organizations, and the legal sector to continue to build a democratic society that values diversity and the rights of all people
  • Muslim Advocates: Muslim Advocates is a national legal advocacy and educational organization that works on the frontlines of civil rights to guarantee freedom and justice for Americans of all faiths
  • National Immigrant Justice Center: The NIJC is dedicated to ensuring human rights protections and access to justice for all immigrants, refugees and asylum seekers
  • National Immigration Law Center: The NILC is exclusively dedicated to defending and advancing the rights of low-income immigrants
  • National Iranian American Council: The National Iranian American Council is a nonpartisan, nonprofit organization dedicated to strengthening the voice of Iranian Americans and promoting greater understanding between the American and Iranian people