Know Your Rights

In light of the current political climate, it is easy to feel confused about what one can and can’t do. Many immigrant women, not familiar with immigration law or who have been kept in the dark about their immigration status by their abusers, are afraid to venture out of the house, wear their ethnic clothes,…

South Asian Bar Association Supports Free Legal Clinics at Saheli

Coming in the fall, another new community service from Saheli. With a grant from SABA – USA, Saheli will offer free legal assistance in many areas of the law:  immigration, family, social security and disability, and employment this fall. South Asian community members can call the Saheli office to make an appointment to meet with…

Effects of Intimate Partner Violence on Children

Maya Ragavan, MD, BMC, pediatrician, spoke to Saheli DV advocates on Saturday April 8th about the Effects of Intimate Partner Violence on Children’s Health and Wellbeing at the monthly meeting in Burlington, MA. In a thorough review of the latest research Dr. Ragavan, shared information about The Adverse Childhood Experience study and talked about positive,…

Quincy Computer Classes

In March, Saheli began offering an “Advanced Excel and Publisher” computer class at Thomas Crane Public Library So far, students have finished three Excel classes with Saheli volunteer Alvin teaching all three at an intermediate level. In addition to Alvin, Usha, Mary, and Mimi have volunteered their computer expertise and their time as teaching assistants. …

Legal Training for Advocates by REACH

By Christine Francis On March 23rd, 12pm-2pm, Saheli had the honor of hosting REACH’s Community Engagement Specialist, Lauren Montanaro and her colleague in our office. In this time, Lauren and her colleague tailored their presentation around various legal issues including: the heightened fear around immigration, restraining orders, shelters, housing, and a general overview of domestic violence. Throughout…

Sahelis Sworn In As Commissioners

By Divya Chandra, Saheli Volunteer Two Saheli volunteers, Professor Anil Saigal and Jonjy Ananth, MD, were sworn in as Commissioners of the Asian American Commission late last month by State Treasurer Deborah Goldberg in a simple yet beautiful ceremony held at the State House. The ceremony was attended by the new Commissioners of 2017, Office…

Resources for Understanding Gender-Based Violence

By Gouri Banerjee, Board President The Asian Pacific Institute on Gender Based Violence (API-GBV) has recently updated some excellent resources that will be of interest to all agencies working with Asian people. In the section entitled “Resources | Publications |Research |Statistics,” they spotlight some excellent materials which include, for example: New: Directory of Domestic and…