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Immigrant Justice Committee

The Immigrant Justice Committee’s goal is to establish the Safe Community Act (Bill S. 1401;  H.3573) in Winchester. 

Committee Objectives

  • Create an inclusive community for immigrants in Winchester
  • Develop Winchester as a model for best practices around welcoming and integrating immigrants into a suburban town
  • Increase accessibility of Winchester for immigrants and those from abroad
  • Promote education around immigration issues


What is the Safe Communities Act? FAQs

Video link from Safe Communities discussion, held November 2019 (or view snippets below)

Together with the League of Women Voters of Winchester, the NFSJ is supporting a Town Meeting warrant, which contains an article proposing a Home Rule Petition to support extending voting rights to all adult residents of Winchester, including those who are legally documented non-US citizens. To learn more:

-Read the full text of the proposed Home Rule Petition, including some Frequently Asked Questions that explain the article up for consideration and a memorandum from Winchester’s Town Clerk. 

-Watch a recording of our recent virtual program about the topic and access NFSJ presentation slides, as well as those from Jonathan Cohn of Progressive Massachusetts

What to do if you are approached by Immigration and Customs Enforcement (Source:

  • Remain silent when questioned about immigration status.
  • Keep doors closed to ICE officers who show up at homes or businesses unless they have an arrest warrant.
  • Contact an attorney immediately and refuse to sign any documents if detained. 

Safe Communities Act remarks by realtor and Belmont activist Anne Mahon

Safe Communities Act presentation by MA ACLU attorney Laura Rotolo

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For more information, please contact the Network at 781-729-7100 or email us



If you have a background in immigration law, international human rights, advocacy, or an interest in protecting the rights of our non-citizen residents, please consider joining the IJC.
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