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PAIR provides free immigration services to indigent asylum seekers and detained immigrants, assuring fairness and access to justice.

PAIR provides free immigration services to asylum seekers & detained immigrants, helping with their legal rights and legal representation

PAIR provides free immigration services to asylum seekers & detained immigrants, helping with their legal rights and legal representation

PAIR provides free immigration services to indigent asylum seekers and detained immigrants, assuring fairness and access to justice.

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PAIR's Annual Gala celebration is a special evening and powerful moment to honor all those who work so hard to assist our vibrant immigrant community. For over 30 years, the gala has stood out as a gathering community allies who are committed to supporting PAIR and immigrant rights through volunteerism, donations, corporate sponsorship, and PAIR's Fund the Mission drive. Each dollar donated to PAIR is one more immigrant’s dream of a better life realized, one more helping hand to those desperately in need of legal aid and is one more asylum seeker who has the opportunity to find their voice and live their dream. 

This year, the PAIR Gala will be held on Monday, June 8, 2020. View the gala program here. The gala brings together leaders in Greater Boston’s legal, nonprofit and business communities, including law firm partners, corporate counsel, philanthropists, immigrants, and community activists. Join us as we learn about the powerful journeys that PAIR clients take to achieve justice, hope and safety!

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STORY OF HOPE

Octavio

Octavio fled Honduras because he was repeatedly harassed, beaten, and assaulted due to his sexual orientation and his courageous work as a gay rights activist. He and friends formed a non-profit organization whose main responsibility was to document information related to rights abuses within the gay community such as police cruelty, maltreatment, and exploitation. Despite the risk, Octavio worked to protect the rights of the LGBT community.

As a result, he was targeted by the police who threatened to harm him if he didn’t stop his activism. Soon after, he fled Honduras and came to the U.S. With the help of the PAIR’s Anita Sharma and his volunteer attorney from Burns & Levinson, he won asylum in the U.S. and continues to advocate for LGBT rights. Octavio is now a U.S. citizen, successful entrepreneur, a member of the PAIR Board, and a generous PAIR volunteer.

Irene

“Irene” was forced to flee Uganda after she was targeted by government forces. She was arrested, detained, and brutally beaten for daring to oppose the government. Irene came to the U.S. where she too help from us to win asylum.

What does PAIR mean to you?

Veronica

Veronica Serrato, the founding Executive Director of Project Citizenship, shares about her work as an immigrant rights activist and why PAIR's work with in this current environment is vital. Veronica is the recipient of the 2020 Sarah B. Ignatius Award for Excellence in Law.

Chalak

Chalak N. Muhammad, MD MPH is a former PAIR client who fled Iraq due to his Kurdish ethnicity and political activities. He shares his asylum experience and how PAIR helped him to find his voice again and to live the American dream during PAIR's 2020 annual Gala celebration.

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Abdi Nor Iftin, a radio journalist, public speaker, and the author of Call Me American, shares about his harrowing journey as an immigrant from Somalia to the U.S. and why supporting organizations like PAIR is so important. Abdi is the keynote speaker of PAIR's 2020 annual Gala celebration.

2020 Awardees 

Pro Bono Asylum Award

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Pro Bono Detention Award

k&l gates awardee

Pro Bono Law Firm Award

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Pro Bono Mentor Award

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Pro Bono Mentor Award 

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Pro Bono Interpreter Award 

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Outstanding 
Service Award 

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Business Leader in Human Rights Award 

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Sarah B. Ignatius Award for Excellence in Law  

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2020 Gala Sponsors

Champion Level

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Diamond Level

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wilmerhale diamond

Platinum Level

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Gold Level

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Silver Level

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Benefactor Level

dell tech benefactor
demeo benefactor
mccarter & english benefactor
pierce atwood benefactor
reebok benefactor
vesper barnes benefactor
sheehan phinney benefactor

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Support our work by making a donation, volunteering on a case,
or becoming a pro bono partner.
 

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