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Catholic Charities conducts immigrant rights presentations


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BRAINTREE -- In an effort to educate immigrants on their legal rights, especially in light of the Trump administration's new directives concerning undocumented immigrants, Catholic Charities of the Archdiocese of Boston has been offering "Know Your Rights" presentations in locations across the archdiocese.

Catholic Charities' presentations are nothing new, said Marjean Perhot, director of the organizations' Refugee and Immigration Services, March 21, but the organization has been "doing a lot more of them in the community right now because of the (Trump administration) immigration orders that came out."

Held by the Catholic Charities' Legal Immigration Services, the presentations are split into three parts, said Perhot.

"The first part gives a brief overview of what was in those executive orders, the second part talks about legal remedies or legal benefits that a person might be eligible for, and the third part talks about what rights people have regardless of their immigration status," she said.

The final part also talks about "the importance of creating an emergency plan," an especially key component for those who "fear they might be subject to removal," said Perhot.

During the presentations, which have been held in Catholic Charities locations, including an office in Brockton and a teen center in Dorchester, attendees are also given "strong warnings" about "who is an immigration attorney and who is not."

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