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Organization DBA PAIR
Pair Project
Former Names --
Organization received a competitive grant from the Boston Foundation in the past five years No

Summary

Mission StatementMORE »

Thousands of people flee from persecution each year and arrive in the U.S. without any knowledge of the legal system or money to pay for a lawyer. PAIR helps fill that void by recruiting, training and mentoring volunteer lawyers to represent asylum-seekers without charge, and advises and represents immigration detainees.

Mission Statement

Thousands of people flee from persecution each year and arrive in the U.S. without any knowledge of the legal system or money to pay for a lawyer. PAIR helps fill that void by recruiting, training and mentoring volunteer lawyers to represent asylum-seekers without charge, and advises and represents immigration detainees.

FinancialsMORE »

Fiscal Year July 01, 2012 to June 30, 2013
Projected Income $484,900.00
Projected Expense $484,080.00

ProgramsMORE »

  • Detention Center Initiative
  • Pro Bono Asylum Program

Revenue vs. Expense ($000s)

Expense Breakdown 2011 (%)

Expense Breakdown 2010 (%)

Expense Breakdown 2009 (%)

For more details regarding the organization's financial information, select the financial tab and review available comments.


Overview

Mission Statement

Thousands of people flee from persecution each year and arrive in the U.S. without any knowledge of the legal system or money to pay for a lawyer. PAIR helps fill that void by recruiting, training and mentoring volunteer lawyers to represent asylum-seekers without charge, and advises and represents immigration detainees.

Background Statement

In 1989, PAIR was formed by a coalition of legal services agencies, civil rights and civil liberties organizations, and bar associations to meet emergency needs for legal representation of  asylum-seekers and immigration detainees.  Since then, PAIR staff and pro bono attorneys have provided legal services to clients who have come to the U.S. from 90 countries all over the world, from Afghanistan to Zimbabwe, have provided direct legal services and consultations to more than 6,000 clients, and have recruited, trained and mentored over 1,500 volunteer lawyers in Massachusetts.

Impact Statement

The Political Asylum/Immigration Representation Project (PAIR) is the premier provider of pro bono immigration legal services to asylum-seekers and immigrants unjustly detained in Massachusetts. In FY 2011, PAIR coordinated pro bono attorney representation that exceeded $7.5 million, and overall PAIR has a 95% successful outcome in its asylum cases. PAIR provides hope and a new beginning to asylum-seekers, torture survivors and immigration detainees.

Needs Statement

PAIR is facing a budgetary shortfall this fiscal year as foundation support has diminished due to low interest rates. PAIR is hoping individual donors and law firm partners and business supporters will make up the difference.

CEO Statement

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Board Chair Statement

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Geographic Area Served

In a specific U.S. city, cities, state(s) and/or region.
City of Boston- Citywide (Indiv. neighborhoods also listed)
City of Boston- Allston/ Brighton
City of Boston- Back Bay
City of Boston- Beacon Hill/ West End
City of Boston- Charlestown
City of Boston- Chinatown/ Leather District
City of Boston- North Dorchester
City of Boston- South Dorchester
City of Boston- Downtown
City of Boston- East Boston
City of Boston- Fenway/ Kenmore
City of Boston- Hyde Park
City of Boston- Jamaica Plain
City of Boston- Mattapan
City of Boston- Mission Hill
City of Boston- North End
City of Boston- Roslindale
City of Boston- Roxbury
City of Boston- South Boston
City of Boston- South End/Bay Village
City of Boston- Harbor Islands
City of Boston- West Roxbury
BERKSHIRE REGION, MA
CAPE &ISLANDS REGION, MA
CENTRAL REGION, MA
METROWEST REGION, MA
NORTHEAST REGION, MA
PIONEER VALLEY REGION, MA
SOUTHEAST REGION, MA
STATEWIDE
GREATER BOSTON REGION, MA

Low-income people who have fled from persecution throughout the world and are seeking political asylum in Massachusetts and low-income immigrants unjustly detained who have immigration cases in Massachusetts

Organization Categories

  1. Human Services - Ethnic/Immigrant Services
  2. Civil Rights, Social Action, Advocacy - Civil Rights
  3. Crime & Legal - Related - Legal Services

Independent research has been conducted on this organization's theory of change or on the effectiveness of this organization's program(s)

Under Development

Programs

Detention Center Initiative

Through the Detention Center Initiative, PAIR staff and pro bono attorneys advise and represent over 1,000 non-citizens detained by Immigration & Customs Enforcement whose immigration cases are pending in Massachusetts.  Many of these people are refugees who escaped persecution in their home countries. Others are immigrants who grew up in this country and now have U.S. citizen spouses and young children, and almost no connection to their country of birth.
Budget  $214,665.00
Category  Human Services
Population Served Immigrants/Newcomers/Refugees
Program Short-Term Success  --
Program Long-Term Success  PAIR has won release from detention and/or relief from deportation for over 100 clients who fear persecution if deported or permanent separation from spouses and children or other family members here in the U.S.
Program Success Monitored By  --
Examples of Program Success 
“Abdel,” a Sudanese refugee, was imprisoned in immigration detention for nine months, as the government sought to deport him. Because Abdel is a member of an ethnic group in Sudan against which genocide is being committed, he feared torture if he were forced to return. With excellent pro bono representation and the expert mentoring of the PAIR Detention Attorney, Abdel faced faced two hearings in Immigration Court and ultimately won his case.
"Irma" fled Guatemala after over fifteen years of severe physical and emotional abuse from her common-law husband, who had connections to paramilitary groups. Guatemala’s government has been internationally criticized for its inability to protect women from violence, and Irma had nowhere to turn. In the U.S., she was arrested during a raid on janitors at a local courthouse, and applied for asylum before the Immigration Court. Although domestic violence asylum cases are unusual and difficult to win, with the help of the PAIR Detention Attorney and Equal Justice Works Fellow, Irma won asylum.
 

Pro Bono Asylum Program

PAIR has two programs: Pro Bono Asylum Program and Detention Center Initiative. Through its Pro Bono Asylum Program PAIR represents over 700 clients each year and has recruited, mentored and trained over 1,500 volunteer lawyers since its inception. In its Detention Center program, PAIR counsels over 1,000 immigration detainees each year.
Budget  $179,906.00
Category  Human Services
Population Served Immigrants/Newcomers/Refugees
Program Short-Term Success  --
Program Long-Term Success  PAIR provides hope and a new beginning for the hundreds of asylum seekers who have won asylum through our program and who have now been reunited with their spouses and children whom they had to leave behind, often in refugee camps, when they fled for their lives. In their pro bono work through PAIR, hundreds of private attorneys have found their most fulfilling legal work to be winning asylum and release from detention for their clients.
Program Success Monitored By  --
Examples of Program Success 
“Marjan” feared persecution in Iran due to her conversion to Christianity and her rejection of Islamic norms. Because conversion is illegal in Iran, she likely faced harm, including torture, imprisonment and death, if she were to return. She won asylum in the U.S. due to the dedication of her pro bono attorney and the PAIR Asylum Attorney as expert mentor. 
 “Jose” fled Honduras because he was repeatedly harassed, beaten, and raped due to his sexual orientation and his courageous work as a gay rights activist. Despite the risk, he helped form an organization to document rights abuses within the gay community, such as police cruelty, mistreatment, and exploitation. As a result, Jose was arrested by a police officer who continued to extort, beat, and threaten him. With the excellent work of the PAIR Asylum Attorney and his pro bono attorney, he won asylum in the U.S. and continues to advocate for gay and lesbian rights.

CEO/Executive Director/Board Comments

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Management


CEO/Executive Director Ms. Sarah Ignatius
CEO Term Start Sept 1993
CEO Email [email protected]
CEO Experience Sarah has been the PAIR Executive Director since 1993. As a graduate of Stanford (BA) and Georgetown University Law Center (JD), she has also taught immigration law at Boston College Law School. Previously, she conducted a national asylum study through Harvard Law School, funded by the Ford Foundation. She has written numerous articles on asylum law and practice and other immigration issues, and co-authored the comprehensive law book "Immigration Law and the Family" (Thomson-West).
Co-CEO Ms. Sarah Ignatius Esq.
Co-CEO Term Start Sept 1993
Co-CEO Email [email protected]
Co-CEO Experience --

Former CEOs and Terms

Name Start End
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Senior Staff

Name Title Experience/Biography
Mr. Antonio Castro Aranda Pro Bono Detention Manager --
Ms. Heather Friedman Detention Staff Attorney --
Ms. Amy Mercure Development & Administrative Assistant --
Ms. Anita Sharma Asylum Staff Attorney --

Awards

Award Awarding Organization Year
Massachusetts Haitian Temporary Protected Status Consortium MIRA Coalition 2010
Development of pro bono program with AILA attorneys American Immigration Lawyers Association-New England Chapter 2009
Dr. Joseph H. Brenner Award or "invaluable work on behalf of asylum-seekers" Community Legal Services & Counseling Center 2009
Daniel Levy Award National Immigration Project of the National Lawyers Guild 2007
Obunto Award for dedicated service to survivors of torture and asylum-seekers Boston Center for Refugee Health and Human Rights 2006

Affiliations

Affiliation Year
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Member of state association of nonprofits? No
Name of state association --

External Assessments and Accreditations

External Assessment or Accreditation Year
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Collaborations

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CEO/Executive Director/Board Comments

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Foundation Comments

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Staff Information

Number of Full Time Staff 3
Number of Part Time Staff 2
Number of Volunteers 730
Number of Contract Staff 1
Staff Retention Rate % --

Staff Demographics

Ethnicity African American/Black: 0
Asian American/Pacific Islander: 1
Caucasian: 3
Hispanic/Latino: 1
Native American/American Indian: 0
Other: 0
Other (if specified): 0
Gender Female: 4
Male: 1
Not Specified 0

Plans & Policies

Organization has Fundraising Plan? Under Development
Organization has Strategic Plan? Yes
Years Strategic Plan Considers 10
Management Succession Plan Under Development
Business Continuity of Operations Plan No
Organization Policies And Procedures Under Development
Nondiscrimination Policy Under Development
Whistle Blower Policy No
Document Destruction Policy No
Directors and Officers Insurance Policy Yes
State Charitable Solicitations Permit Yes
State Registration --

Risk Management Provisions

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Reporting and Evaluations

Management Reports to Board? Yes
CEO Formal Evaluation and Frequency Yes Bi-Annually
Senior Management Formal Evaluation and Frequency Yes Annually
Non Management Formal Evaluation and Frequency Yes Annually

Governance


Board Chair Ms Susan Cohen
Board Chair Company Affiliation Mintz, Levin, Cohn, Ferris, Glovsky & Popeo
Board Chair Term May 2011 - May 2012
Board Co-Chair --
Board Co-Chair Company Affiliation --
Board Co-Chair Term -

Board Members

Name Company Affiliations Status
Steven Barrett WilmerHale Voting
Michael Boudett Foley Hoag Voting
Susan Cohen Mintz, Levin, Cohn, Ferris, Glovsky & Popeo Voting
Edith Fobid Hospice Worker Voting
Richard Harper SEC Voting
Vivie Hengst Massachusetts Office of Refugees & Immigrants Voting
Kathy Henry Plymouth Rock Assurance Voting
Ken Lehman Kendall Investments Voting
Chris Leich Ropes & Gray Voting
David McHaffey Barker, Epstein & Loscocco Voting
Alan Musgrave Attorney Voting
Benoit Nyonga Verizon Voting
Lara Phimister Wellington Management Voting
Alan Jay Rom Rom Law Voting
Wendy Zazik Fidelity Investments Voting

Constituent Board Members

Name Company Affiliations Status
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Youth Board Members

Name Company Affiliations Status
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Advisory Board Members

Name Company Affiliations Status
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Board Demographics

Ethnicity African American/Black: 2
Asian American/Pacific Islander: 0
Caucasian: 13
Hispanic/Latino: 0
Native American/American Indian: 0
Other: 0
Other (if specified): 0
Gender Female: 6
Male: 9
Not Specified 0

Board Information

Board Term Lengths --
Board Term Limits --
Board Meeting Attendance % 70%
Written Board Selection Criteria Under Development
Written Conflict Of Interest Policy Yes
Percentage of Monetary Contributions 100%
Percentage of In-Kind Contributions --
Constituency Includes Client Representation Yes

Standing Committees

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CEO/Executive Director/Board Comments

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Foundation Comments

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Financials


Revenue vs. Expense ($000s)

Expense Breakdown 2011 (%)

Expense Breakdown 2010 (%)

Expense Breakdown 2009 (%)

Fiscal Year July 01, 2012 to June 30, 2013
Projected Income $484,900.00
Projected Expense $484,080.00
Form 990s

2011 Form 990

2010 Form 990

2009 Form 990

Audit Documents

2011 2011 PAIR Financials

2010 2010 PAIR Financials

2009 2009 PAIR Financials

IRS Letter of Exemption

IRS Letter of Determination

Prior Three Years Total Revenue and Expense Totals

Fiscal Year 2011 2010 2009
Total Revenue $406,353 $418,065 $454,836
Total Expenses $436,844 $416,289 $445,156

Prior Three Years Revenue Sources

Fiscal Year 2011 2010 2009
Foundation and
Corporation Contributions
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Government Contributions $0 $0 $0
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    State -- -- --
    Local -- -- --
    Unspecified -- -- --
Individual Contributions $259,498 $304,568 $375,281
Indirect Public Support -- -- --
Earned Revenue -- -- --
Investment Income, Net of Losses $126 $1,002 $551
Membership Dues -- -- --
Special Events $146,729 $112,495 $74,119
Revenue In-Kind -- -- $4,885
Other -- -- --

Prior Three Years Expense Allocations

Fiscal Year 2011 2010 2009
Program Expense $398,792 $379,375 $406,915
Administration Expense $38,052 $36,914 $38,241
Fundraising Expense -- -- --
Payments to Affiliates -- -- --
Total Revenue/Total Expenses 0.93 1.00 1.02
Program Expense/Total Expenses 91% 91% 91%
Fundraising Expense/Contributed Revenue 0% 0% 0%

Prior Three Years Assets and Liabilities

Fiscal Year 2011 2010 2009
Total Assets $187,091 $218,277 $214,350
Current Assets $163,939 $199,774 $187,583
Long-Term Liabilities $0 $0 $0
Current Liabilities $8,027 $9,437 $6,873
Total Net Assets $179,064 $208,840 $207,477

Prior Three Years Top Three Funding Sources

Fiscal Year 2011 2010 2009
1st (Source and Amount) -- --
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2nd (Source and Amount) -- --
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3rd (Source and Amount) -- --
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Financial Planning

Endowment Value --
Spending Policy --
Percentage(If selected) --
Credit Line No
Reserve Fund No
How many months does reserve cover? --

Capital Campaign

Are you currently in a Capital Campaign? No
Capital Campaign Purpose --
Campaign Goal --
Capital Campaign Dates -
Capital Campaign Raised-to-Date Amount --
Capital Campaign Anticipated in Next 5 Years? --

Short Term Solvency

Fiscal Year 2011 2010 2009
Current Ratio: Current Assets/Current Liabilities 20.42 21.17 27.29

Long Term Solvency

Fiscal Year 2011 2010 2009
Long-term Liabilities/Total Assets 0% 0% 0%

CEO/Executive Director/Board Comments

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Foundation Comments

Financial summary data in charts and graphs are per the organization's IRS 990s.  Contributions from foundations and corporations are listed under individuals when the breakout was not available.

Documents


Other Documents

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