We are a group of health and legal professionals and community members in the Greater Boston area.
We have been meeting since February 2017 when many of us noticed that immigrant patients were missing medical appointments, worrying about loved ones with deportation orders, or fearing what may happen to their children if they are deported. We heard stories about domestic violence survivors whose aggressors threaten to have them deported if they call the police. We have seen the ways immigration affects our patients’ mental and physical health, and we know that everyone should have access to medical care, regardless of immigration status.
To take action on these concerns and many more, we formed the Health and Law Immigrant Solidarity Network (HLISN AKA “Listen”). We have more than 400 members.