Boston University School of Law

July 27, 2007


State Immigration Advocacy Coalition Honors Iris Gomez (‘80)

In May, Massachusetts Law Reform Institute (MLRI) Immigration Attorney Iris Gomez (‘80) was honored by Massachusetts Immigrant and Refugee Advocacy Coalition (MIRA) for her work on countless campaigns.

For the past 15 years, Gomez has co-counseled class action litigation on MIRA’s behalf against the state's Registry of Motor Vehicles for illegal license denial practices. She has advocated for higher education legislation and administrative reforms and championed the rights of immigrants before federal and state courts, immigration authorities, state agencies and the Legislature. Gomez also leads and collaborates with advocates statewide and nationally to defend and protect the rights of low-income immigrants in response to the growing number of laws and policies that affect them.

MIRA works to advocate for the rights and opportunities of immigrants and refugees. It advances its mission through education, training, leadership development, organization, policy analysis and advocacy.

The Massachusetts Law Reform Institute (MLRI) is a nonprofit statewide legal services support center. MLRI's primary goal in immigration work is to secure and defend low-income immigrants' opportunities to obtain and maintain legal status and to receive fair treatment from immigration authorities. It advocates equal treatment of immigrants, regardless of status, by other governmental entities.

Reported by Jen Vest
Photo Credit: Vicky Pulos