COVID-19 Resources: Legal Resources

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Mass Legal Help

Ask a Law Librarian - a free program in which you can call, text, or live chat with a law librarian to receive legal information and ask questions. Law librarians cannot advise you about what you should do. But they can help you find the laws you need. Use this link to call, text, or live chat with a law librarian. Use this link to reach a law librarian through email.


Massachusetts Office of the Attorney General

If you or someone you know is having their rights violated regarding sick time, travel compensation, or other issues as a result of the public health situation, please call the Consumer Advocacy and Response Division hotline at (617) 727-8400

Also from the AG: Frequently Asked Questions: Employee Rights and Employer Obligations.


The Right to Immigration Institute (TRII)

There is a new TRII Program documenting COVID related (or just during) human rights abuses, including housing, work, public life, threats, harassment, public accommodations. They have Cantonese, Mandarin, Spanish, Italian, Arabic, Luganda, Swahili translation on hand, but if people leave a message on their phone 781-891-6689 extension 207 or email dlsmith@therighttoimmigration.org they will find appropriate interpreters and translation to document incidents and press authorities to respond. Confidentiality assured.

Important Notice: Effective October 2, 2020, citizenship application fees will increase from $725 to $1170 and all fee waivers will be eliminated. All eligible clients should file their citizenship application before the fee increase.

To be eligible, the client must:

  • Be at least 18 years old by the date you file.
  • Have been a lawful permanent resident for at least the last 5 years (or 3 years, if married to a U.S. citizen).
  • Have been present in the U.S. for 2.5 of the past 5 years (or 1.5 of the past 3, if married to a U.S. citizen).
  • Be able to speak and write basic English or qualify for exemption.

TRII is available to assist clients in completing their citizenship and waiver applications. Call 781-891-6689 x 207 or email jhogan@therighttoimmigration.org to set up a virtual appointment to start the citizenship application process.