About Us

About Us

The Central West Justice Center, a wholly-owned subsidiary of Community Legal Aid, provides free legal help to low-income residents of Central and Western Massachusetts. Our advocates focus on cases involving humanitarian-based immigration law, employment rights, housing and homelessness issues, and access to public benefits.

Immigration law advocacy and education

CWJC provides free consultations on immigration law questions to low-income residents of Central and Western Massachusetts.

We provide free representation before the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services and the Immigration Court to individuals applying for humanitarian immigration relief, including:

  • Violence Against Women Act petitions for survivors of domestic violence
  • U visas for crime victims
  • T visas for trafficking victims
  • Special Immigrant Juvenile Status for abused, neglected, and abandoned children
  • Asylum for individuals seeking protection from persecution in their home countries
  • Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA)

To book a consultation, call our intake line or complete an online application here. Please note that we can only provide services to residents of Central and Western Massachusetts.  To find a legal aid organization that serves another region, click here.

We also offer community education on immigration law topics for social service providers and community-based organizations.  To request a community legal education presentation, click here.  

Migrant Farmworker Project

CWJC’s Migrant Farmworker Project provides services to the state’s low-income agricultural workers and other migrant laborers.  The Project offers community education and advocacy regarding:

  • Employment issues such as wage and hour law, employment discrimination, and eligibility for unemployment benefits;
  • Immigration issues such as employer obligations under certain work visas, DACA,  and other forms of immigration relief;
  • Housing issues; and
  • Other issues that impact migrant and agricultural laborers.

Employment

CWJC provides a full range of representation for low-wage workers seeking to defend their rights on the job, including wages and work hours, family and medical leave, wrongful discharge, and discrimination.

Benefits

CWJC represents people with cases before the Social Security Administration, Department of Transitional Assistance, and Division of Unemployment Assistance concerning various benefits such as SSI, TAFDC, EAEDC, SNAP (food stamps), MassHealth, and unemployment benefits.

Housing and Homelessness

CWJC provides legal services to help tenants facing eviction, homeowners who are threatened with foreclosure, homeless families who need to access the state's Emergency Assistance shelter program, and people trying to get into affordable housing.

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