PAIR News

  • In February 2017, PAIR is awarded emergency funding by the Lenny Zakim Fund for its rapid response to the presidential executive orders.
  • #AirportLawyers– PAIR, in collaboration with AILA and IRAP, has been coordinating volunteer attorneys at Logan Airport to observe CBP’s compliance with the nationwide injunction of the January 27, 2017 executive order.

  • Anita P. Sharma, PAIR’s Executive Director, was selected by Massachusetts Lawyers Weekly as an honoree of its “Top Women of Law” annual awards event, to be held on October 27, 2016 at the Marriot Copley Place Hotel in Boston, MA.  In October, Anita, along with 49 other Top Women honorees, will be recognized for their outstanding accomplishments in the legal community. Each year Lawyers Weekly honors women attorneys who have made tremendous professional strides and demonstrated great accomplishments in the legal field, which includes: pro bono, social justice, advocacy and business. See full media release.
  • Sampan recognizes Anita P. Sharma’s Top Women of Law honor in their October 2016 edition.
  • In October 2016, Nixon Peabody’s Hannah Bornstein & Troy Lieberman were featured in the Boston Bar Association‘s Beyond the Billable for their pro bono work with PAIR and efforts on behalf of PAIR clients.  We are privileged to work with such wonderful volunteer attorneys.
  • Every year, thousands of immigrants enter the United States seeking asylum. They are often fleeing persecution in their home countries. Listen to WGBH All Things Considered host Barbara Howard’s interview PAIR’s Elena Noureddine about the struggles asylum-seekers face. (Original air date was 8/30).
  • PAIR’s 2014-15 Access to Justice Fellow of Michael Diener, retired partner of WilmerHale, extended his fellowship by one year. September 2016

  • PAIR Executive Director Anita Sharma was appointed as 2016-17 Steering Committee Member of the Boston Bar Association’s Delivery of Legal Services Committee. August 2016
  • PAIR Executive Director Anita Sharma was appointed as 2016-17 Co-Chair of the Liaison Committee on Asylum of the American Immigration Lawyers Association (AILA) New England Chapter. June 2016
  • PAIR Staff Attorney Amanda Ekey was appointed as 2016-17 Asylum Committee Co-Chair of the Boston Bar Association’s Immigration Section. June 2016
  • PAIR Staff Attorney Amanda Ekey was appointed as 2016-17 Co-Chair of the Litigation Committee of the American Immigration Lawyers Association (AILA) New England Chapter. June 2016

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  • In April 2016, PAIR was honored with an award from the Sillerman Center for the Advancement of Philanthropy, Brandeis University, for its high-quality pro bono programs and representation of immigration detainees.
  • On June 9, 2016, PAIR was honored as a recipient of the Cummings Foundation “100K for 100” grant to support it’s Access to Justice Program to increase community intake. PAIR is one of 100 local nonprofits to receive grants of $100,000 (divided over 3 years). PAIR was chosen from a total of 479 applicants, during a competitive review process. See full media release.
  • Color Magazine recognizes PAIR’s Cumming Foundation “100K for 100” grant award in their June 2016 edition.
  • In March 2016, PAIR was awarded a grant by the City of Boston, Mayor’s Office of New Bostonian for their DACA/DAPA Outreach Initiative (through the Emma Lazarus Local Challenge), which will provide community outreach and education on Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) and Deferred Action for Parents of Americans and Lawful Permanent Residents (DAPA).
  • PAIR’s Antonio Castro Aranda recognized for PAIR’s support of the Salvadoran immigrant community, in January 2016, at Boston’s City Hall, hosted by the Consul General of El Salvador.

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