Legal Help

The following is a list of national immigrant advocacy organizations and local groups who offer legal and immigration-related services:

National Immigrant Advocacy Organizations

American Civil Liberties Union-Immigrants' Rights Project
125 Broad Street
New York, NY 10004-2400

American Immigration Lawyers Association (AILA)
918 F Street, N.W.
Washington, D.C. 20004

Amnesty International
5 Penn Plaza
New York, NY 10001

Catholic Legal Immigration Network, Inc. (CLINIC)
415 Michigan Ave., NE
Suite 150
Washington, DC 20017

Detention Watch Network
c/o Center for Community Change
1536 U Street, N.W.
Washington, D.C. 20009

Justice for Our Neighbors – UMCOR
National Office
8900 Georgia Ave., Room 208
Silver Spring, MD 20910

National Immigration Project (NIP)
14 Beacon Street, Ste 602
Boston, MA 02108

United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees
UNHCR Regional Office for United States and the Caribbean
1775 K Street, NW, Suite 300
Washington, DC 20006

Organizations who offer legal services in New York area:

Immigration Hotline (Confidential)
212-419-3737 or 1-800-566-7636

Safe Horizon
718-899-1233 X 129

CUNY Citizenship & Immigration Project

  • Brooklyn - City Tech Immigration Center, 718-260-5597
  • Bronx - Hostos Community College Immigration Center, 718-518-4395
  • Manhattan - City College Immigration Center, 212-650-6620
  • Queens - Flushing Immigration Center, 718-640-9223

The Legal Aid Society Immigration Law Unit
199 Water St. 3rd Floor
New York, NY 10038-3500

New York Association For New Americans
17 Battery Place, 9th Floor
New York, NY 10004-1102

If you've had prior problems with police or government agents and need to speak to an immigration attorney before filing your naturalization application:

City Tech Immigration Center
Dept. of Law & Paralegal Studies
300 Jay St. Room N-622
Brooklyn, NY 11201

Hotline Immigration
718-858-9658 X 203 or 201
Tuesday, Thursday 1:30 to 4:30pm ask for Lina

Families for Freedom
Hotline 212-626-7383

To get a birth certificate, death certificate, etc. from Puerto Rico:

Puerto Rico Federal Affairs Administration
PRFAA-New York
475 Park Avenue South, 7th Floor
New York, New York 10016

To make a complaint about workplace discrimination:

EEOC - Equal Employment Opportunity Commission
Federal Laws Prohibiting Job Discrimination
1-800-669-4000 (Voice) or 1-800-669-6820 (TTY)

For information on the legal rights of immigrant students & parents in NYC Public Schools:

Advocates For Children Immigrants Students Rights Project
151 W. 30th St. 5th Floor
New York, NY 10001
HELPLINE: Mon.- Thurs. 10:00am to 4:00pm.

For information on housing rights:

The City Task Force On Housing Court, Inc.
Information tables in each of the housing courts, Mon.- Fri. from 9:00am. to 12:00pm. Staten Island opens Wed. and Thurs. Harlem is open Mon., Thurs.& Fri. Red Hook is open every other Wed. The information table is free and is available to all unrepresented litigants.

  • Brooklyn
    141 Livingston Street Brooklyn, New York 11201 718-643-7528
  • Red Hook Community Court
    88-94 Visitation Pl. Brooklyn, NY 11231 718-923-8200
  • Bronx
    1118 Grand Concourse Bronx, NY 10451 718-466-3025
  • Manhattan
    111 Centre Street NY, NY 10013 646-386-5500
  • Harlem Community Court
    170 EAST 121 ST. NY, NY 10035 212-828-7558
  • Staten Island
    927 Castleton Ave. Staten Island, NY 10301 718-390-5420
  • Queens
    89-17 Sutphin Blvd. Jamaica, NY 11435

CWTFHC - Charity Request Central Emergency Rent Coalition HOTLINE 212-962-4795 Mon.-Fri. 9:00am. to 5:00pm.
Basic Criteria: Future ability to pay rent & good reason for falling behind & reasonable rental arrears.

Help for low income residents:

New York City Bar Association
Call and make and appointment
Spanish 212-626-7374 ask for Monday Night Workshop
Referrals to free legal services programs
Information about your legal rights
Links to social services and government agencies
Information about the court system

For help with health issues:

Domestic Violence
Hotline 212-577-7777
Safe Horizon 718-899-1233

Caribbean Women's Health Association Immigrant Service Center
123 Linden Blvd.
Brooklyn, NY 11226

Gay Men's Health Crisis, Inc.
119 West 24th St.
New York, NY 10011
212-367-1040 (Org. represents HIV + individuals only)

Human Rights First
333 Seventh Ave. 13th Floor
New York, NY 10001

Organizations offering assistance in New Jersey:

Legal Services Of New Jersey
100 Metroplex Drive
Plainfield Avenue
Edison, NJ 08818
Hotline: 1-888-576-5529 (8:00 am-5:30 pm Monday through Friday)

Lutheran Social Ministries Of New Jersey
All cases including asylum, may charge a nominal fee. Lutheran Immigration and Refugee Program
189 South Broad Street
Trenton, NJ 08601

Migration & Refugee Services
Offers legal counseling in immigration matters and assistance with applications for the Immigration and Naturalization Service
Diocese of Trenton
149 North Warren Street
Trenton, NJ 08608

Legal assistance for prisoners:

Prisoners' Rights Project
The Legal Aid Society of NYC
199 Water Street
New York, NY 10007

Innocence Project
Cardoza School of Law 100 Fifth Avenue 11th Floor
New York, NY 10003

Women In Jail and Prison Project of the Correctional Association of New York
Contact: Ida DuPont
135 East 15th Street
New York, NY 10003
(212) 254-5700

Prisoners and Families Clinic
Columbia Univ. Law School
Amsterdam Ave at 116th Street
Att: Prof. P. Genty
New York, NY 10027
(parole or parental rights in New York City area prisons)

Criminal Appellate Defender Clinic
NYU School of Law
110 West 3rd Street
New York, NY 10012
(212) 998-6060
(appeals of felony post-convictions; post-conviction aid for Death Row inmates)

The Legal Action Center
225 Varick Street
New York, NY 10014
Individuals or providers who are in New York or who have question about a New York State rap sheet may call the Legal Action Center at (212) 243-1313, on Tuesdays and Fridays only from 10:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m., and ask for a paralegal.

Fortune Society
39 West 19th Street
New York, NY 10011
(212) 206-7070
This self-help organization works with ex-offenders in New York. It offers one-on-one counseling (ex-offender to ex-offender), tutoring, job training, placement, preparation for GED diploma, and out-patient substance abuse services. No legal services but acts as referral agency for halfway houses, drug or alcohol addiction programs, and numerous other social services and AIDS counseling.

The Fortune News Osborne Association
175 Remsen Street, 8th Floor
Brooklyn, NY 1120
1 (800) 344-3314
Queens Headquarters (718) 707-2600
Mondays and Wednesdays, 2-7pm
The center is for families of New York prisoners and is a clearinghouse of information on visitation, transportation resources, packages, transfers, parole and other issues. Provides informational workshops for prison families on employment opportunities in NYC for ex-prisoners, and referrals for educational / treatment programs.

Project Return
10 Astor Place, 7th Floor
New York, NY 10003-6935
(212) 979-8800
Helps parolees with employment readiness, job placement, individual and family counseling, as well as recreational and community service activities.

St. Patrick's Friary
102 Seymour Street
Buffalo, NY 14210
(716) 856-6131
Group counseling provided at Attica, Wyoming, Collins, Orleans, Albion, and Rochester prisons in one-to-one matches with community volunteers, aid given to inmates' family members, post-release services including housing for parolees and job training. Also offers aid with educational opportunities, transportation, and job opportunities.

Black Veterans for Social Justice
686 Fulton Street
Brooklyn, NY 11217
(718) 935-1116

Prisoner law manuals

The Jailhouse Lawyer's Manual
(6th Edition- March 2005) is very good for New York State issues. Published in English or Spanish. Please write for ‘order sheet' to:
Columbia University Law School
Columbia Human Rights Law Review
435 West 116th Street
New York, NY 10027

The Jailhouse Lawyers' Handbook (2005)
Designed for inmates and discusses federal Section 1983 and constitutional issues. Please request your FREE copy (117 pages) by writing to: National Lawyers Guild- Prison Law Project 143 Madison Ave 4th Fl., New York, NY 10016

Center for Constitutional Rights
Attn: Jailhouse Lawyers Handbook
666 Broadway, 7th Floor
New York, NY 10012

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