The Dow Fund has been the leading organization in Boston and Massachusetts providing resources to the Asian American Community to ensure access to the legal system that is culturally and linguistically appropriate and relevant.
Over the past 35 years, the Dow Fund has launched numerous projects, including: Anti-Asian Violence Education Project, Asian Battered Women Project, Asian Immigrant Rights Initiative, Cambodian Outreach Project, Chinatown Stabilization Project, and the Dow Fund Community Internship.
This year, the Dow Fund continued its longstanding support of Greater Boston Legal Services Asian Outreach Program, helping to fund a Vietnamese and a Chinese legal advocate and Dow community interns, assisting more than 200 individual cases related to areas of immigration, family, employment, housing, juvenile matters, health insurance, consumer rights, and public assistance. The Dow Fund also provided funding for Community Legal Aid’s Harry H. Dow Asian Outreach and Advocacy Project, which aims to serve over 40 Asian immigrant households in the Worcester County area and conduct clinics for Asian-owned small businesses. To support more organizational capacity, we continued supporting Saheli’s comprehensive coordination of legal services to limited English proficient and South Asian immigrant women with their immigration, domestic violence and family law matters. Finally, the Dow Fund awarded a grant to increase voter rights protection and educational programs coordinated by the Massachusetts Voter Table. These programs and projects directly fund legal aid services to those most in need of legal advocacy and education. This year, with the collective generosity of firms, individuals, and AALAM, the Dow Fund is proud to provide resources to these programs in excess of $100,000.