Greater Boston Response Network

additional languages coming soon

What is it?

The Greater Boston Response Network is an ongoing collaboration of local government, nonprofits, and other community members established to create a citywide plan to assist families torn apart by ICE raids. As federal raids and targeted arrests are made, communities and families are ripped apart. The Network was established with the intention of creating a rapid response plan for the city of Somerville.

Note: Originally called the Somerville Response Network, the program has been expanded to the greater Boston area as of February 2020.

More information

This document (coming soon) is a manual of the complete operation, as well as Know Your Rights information (see below) and a list of community resources that can help our community members respond effectively and adequately to affected families. Our hope is to never use this system, but to be ready in case it’s needed.

Receive alerts

This service is now live. Some test texts will be sent periodically but will be clearly marked as tests (see Drills, below).

To begin receiving , text JOIN to (617) 941-3812

To leave, text STOP.

Note this is different than the “reporting” number below. More info and languages coming soon.

If you aren’t receiving responses to your texts, please contact us here

Report a raid

Report raids to (617) 863-7783 and the response committee will verify and issue an alert as appropriate.

When reporting, please be as specific as possible. Note this is not the number to receive alerts – see above.

How the system works

Diagram of system



Approximately once per month, a testing message will be sent out to remind people that they are subscribed, check for issues, and get people in the habit of receiving messages. They will be clearly marked as drills and not actual alerts.

Know your rights

We are compiling Know Your Rights briefs in different languages. Please email if you can add to the list.