Why We’re Here

Creating Pathways to New Beginnings

We empower immigrants and refugees from more than 120 countries by providing the legal, educational and resource and support services they need to build successful lives. Building on our Irish roots of welcoming others and social justice, we help newcomers find community, and we stand up for immigration policies that are humane and just. America is a nation of immigrants. We are proud to continue the tradition of welcoming immigrants to this country, working together to create a better future for all.

 

 

Our Mission

The Rian Immigrant Center empowers immigrant and refugee families on the path to opportunity, safety, and a better future for all. We do this by providing legal, educational and resource and support services; advocating for just and humane immigration policies; and building community through our inclusion, civic engagement, and international exchange programs. As New England’s Welcome Center for immigrant and refugee families, we seek to be proactive, responsive and innovative in meeting the needs of immigrant families.

Our vision is of a shared society where all people are welcomed, valued, and enjoy equal opportunities and protections.

Our country has been an intentionally exclusive, racist and inequitable environment for racialized communities. Racism is a combination of racist ideas and policies that normalize and uphold racial inequities (Kendi, 2019). We recognize and acknowledge this and strive to create an environment that intentionally creates spaces of belonging, is anti-racist and equitable. We are committed to being anti-racist by valuing and promoting anti-racist ideas and policies. As an anti-racist organization we are committed to learning, listening and amplifying voices traditionally suppressed and oppressed with the understanding of the intersectionalities within these voices. We commit to ongoing self-reflection as employees and as an organization by frequently re-assessing and re-evaluating written and unwritten policies to ensure a safe workplace, diverse hiring practices, and creating a culture where all feel welcomed, especially racialized employees, leaders, and people we serve. We strive to be active in the fight against racism by upholding these anti-racist values, ideas and policies. We do not tolerate language, values, actions or policies that are rooted in racism and/or intentionally and unintentionally uphold the idea of inferiority of one group to another. We commit to equally valuing people for all their apparent differences.

“To be anti-racist is to admit when we are being racist. And then not only that admission, but then we challenge those racist ideas. We adopt antiracist ideas that say the problem is power and policy when there is inequity, not people” (Kendi, 2020).