News, awards & recognitions

FEBRUARY 2021

PAIR Organizes Virtual "Know Your Rights" Day

On February 10, 2021, PAIR participated in its fourth "Know Your Rights" Day at Boston International Newcomers Academy (BINcA), where the PAIR staff and pro bono attorneys met with over 100 high school students to discuss recent changes in immigration policy and basic constitutional and immigration rights. 

DECEMBER 2020

PBI Highlights Mintz Levin and PAIR's COVID-19 SIJS Work

PAIR is honored to be mentioned alongside Mintz, Levin, Cohn, Ferris, Glovsky and Popeo, P.C. in a Pro Bono Institute feature, "Serving Immigrants Through Pro Bono In The Pandemic". Please see the article here. 

DECEMBER 2020

The Clowes Fund Highlights PAIR

PAIR is honored to be highlighted by The Clowes Fund, a family foundation that supports our legal work with asylum seekers and detained immigrants. Please see PAIR's description on the Fund's grantee spotlight page here

OCTOBER 2020

Elena Noureddine Selected as BU Law Honoree 

PAIR is proud of Legal Director Elena Noureddine, who was honored by the BU Law Immigrants’ Rights & Human Trafficking Program during the fourth year celebration of its mentorship program to connect current Program students with BU Law alumni in the immigrants’ rights and human trafficking fields. 

SEPTEMBER 2020

Running for Justice

Thanks to the generosity of John Hancock, PAIR is proud to have received two charity bibs for the 2020 Boston Marathon, which for the first time ever, was a virtual race on September 14th. Our 2020 runners were Eduardo Gonzalez of Mintz, Levin, Cohn, Ferris, Glovsky and Popeo, P.C. and Peter Kraft of the Harvard School of Public Health, who raised money to support PAIR's programs. 

​​​​​​​AUGUST 2020

Anita P. Sharma Selected as a Circle of Excellence Honoree

PAIR is proud of Executive Director Anita P. Sharma for her nomination as a Circle of Excellence honoree for Lawyers Weekly's 2020 “Top Women of Law” event. Please join us as we celebrate her accomplishments on Tuesday, November 17, 2020.

​​​​​​​JUNE 2020

PAIR Stands in Solidarity with Black Lives Matter

PAIR stands in solidarity with our staff members, clients, and our communities who are speaking out about the systemic racism that communities of color face on a daily basis. See our statement here.

MARCH 2020

PAIR Organizes "Know Your Rights" Day

On March 6, 2020, PAIR participated in its third "Know Your Rights" Day at Boston International Newcomers Academy (BINcA), where the PAIR staff and pro bono attorneys met with over 200 high school students to discuss recent changes in immigration policy and basic constitutional and immigration rights. 

NOVEMBER 2019

Seth Purcell Receives Community Service Award

PAIR is proud of Staff Attorney Seth Purcell, who received a Community Service Award from The Refugee Immigration Ministry for his commitment to representing asylum-seekers in Massachusetts. 

SEPTEMBER 2019

Anita P. Sharma Receives Silver Key Award

PAIR is proud of Executive Director Anita P. Sharma for receiving the Charitable Irish Society's Silver Key Award. PAIR is so honored to receive this recognition and feel fortunate to have Sandra Moody and all at the Charitable Irish Society as community partners. The awards ceremony will be held on September 14, 2019 at 6:30 p.m. at the Fairmont Copley Plaza Hotel.

​​​​​​​JUNE 2019

Anita P. Sharma Selected as a 2019 Barr Foundation Fellow

PAIR is proud of Executive Director Anita P. Sharma for being recognized for her outstanding leadership contributions to the Greater Boston community and for being selected as a 2019 #BarrFellow, along with 11 other exemplary civic leaders.

​​​​​​​MAY 2019

PAIR Receives MATA's 2019 Friend of Justice Award

PAIR is grateful to be selected for the Massachusetts Academy of Trial Attorney's 2019 Friend of Justice Award. Please join us at the Annual Dinner and Awards Ceremony on Thursday, May 16, 2019. 

​​​​​​​MAY 2019

PAIR Awarded Sustaining Grant by Cummings Foundation

PAIR is honored to be a recipient of the presitgious Cummings Foundation Sustaining Grant to support access to justice to asylum seekers. We were grateful to accept the gift at Awards Reception, hosted by Cummings Foundation, on May 2, 2019. For more information, please view the press release

​​​​​​​FEBRUARY 2019

PAIR Organizes "Know Your Rights" Day

On February 15, 2019, PAIR participated in its second "Know Your Rights" Day at Boston International Newcomers Academy (BINcA), where the PAIR staff and 10 pro bono attorneys met with over 200 high school students to discuss recent changes in immigration policy and basic constitutional and immigration rights. 

JANUARY 2019​​​

PAIR Celebrates 30 Years!

This is a very exciting year for PAIR as we celebrate our 30th year anniversary. Since 1989, PAIR has been the leading provider of pro bono immigration services for immigrants in Massachusetts. As part of our 30th year celebration, PAIR will host a social issues talk and series of pro bono immigration trainings. We are excited to highlight these critical issues and to recruit new volunteers. All events are posted on our Training page.  

​​​​​​​DECEMBER 2018

Access to Justice for Immigrant Families

In December 2018, PAIR launched its Access to Justice for Immigrant Families Initiative, generously supported by the Rowland Foundation and housed across PAIR's Asylum and Detention programs, to provide holistic legal care to immigrant women and children. Leading the Initiative is Senior Attorney Elizabeth Badger. Gabriella Chavez will also join PAIR as the Social Services Coordinator/paralegal to coordinate needed social services and legal support. immigrants.

​​​​​​​OCTOBER 2018

Running for Justice

Thanks to the generosity of John Hancock, PAIR is proud to have received two charity bibs for the 2019 Boston Marathon. Our 2019 runners are Larry Tobin of The Shapiro Foundation and Hannah Bornstein of Nixon Peabody, who will be running this historic Boston race on April 15 and raising money to support PAIR's programs. 

SEPTEMBER 2018

Community Engagement Appointments

PAIR's Executive Director Anita P. Sharma was appointed as 2018-19 Co-Chair of the Asylum Liaison Committee of the American Immigration Lawyers Association (AILA) NE Chapter. Staff attorney Elena Noureddine was appointed as the Pro Bono Committee Liaison for 2018-19. In addition, PAIR's Anita P. Sharma was appointed as a steering committee member of the Boston Bar Association's Delivery of Legal Services Committee. 

​​​​​​​AUGUST 2018

PAIR Awarded Grant by the Open Avenues Foundation

PAIR is honored to be a recipient of a generous $25,000 grant by the Open Avenues Foundation to support access to justice to immigrants in detention. Please join us at the Awards Reception, hosted by the Open Avenues Foundation, on September 27, 2018. 

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PAIR Awards & Honors

Click here to see a list of awards and honors PAIR has received. 

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