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Ellen Sullivan

Local Students Students Celebrate America’s Tradition of Welcoming Immigrants and Win Cash Prizes from AILA New England!

By Press Release

Congratulations to all students who participated in the American Immigration Lawyers Association New England Chapter’s Student Essay Contest! Special congratulations to Grace Smith and Sammi Hanlon from Oak Ridge School in East Sandwich, MA and Calista Salpoglou from Mt. Alvernia Academy in Chestnut Hill, MA for their outstanding essays. Grace Smith won first place and wins $500 for her winning essay. Calista Salpoglou earned $300 for second place, and Sammi Hanlon earned $200 for second place. Congratulations!


Read more about the contest here: Students Celebrate America’s Tradition of Welcoming Immigrants 05.16.2022

Asylum Office ACLU Report

By Members in the News

Attorney Annelise Araujo was interviewed for a WGBH article, reporting on Boston’s asylum office and their low grant rate. Boston’s asylum office has the second lowest grant rate for asylum seekers in the country. In the interview, Annelise focused her remarks on the consequence of a denied asylum.

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AILA New England Chair Annelise Araujo’s Letter to the Boston Globe Editor Published

By Members in the News

AILA New England Chair Annelise Araujo’s letter to the Boston Globe editor was published yesterday. In her letter, Attorney Araujo stressed the point that our current US labor shortage could be mitigated, in part, by timely adjudication of the pool of over 650,000 pending with USCIS. She states: “The waiting time for many applicants is now over 12 months — for an application that USCIS estimates takes just 12 minutes to adjudicate.” 12 minutes! Great point, Annelise.

Read it here: and the labor shortage