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
Suite 300,
1331 G Street, NW Washington, DC 20005-3142
Phone: 202-507-7600

Amnesty International
5 Penn Plaza
New York, NY 10001

Catholic Legal Immigration Networkm Inc. (Clinic)
National Office
8757 Georgia Avenue, Suite 850, Silver Spring, MD 20910
Main Phone: (301) 565-4800
Clinic New York Office
Address: 1011 1st Ave, New York, NY 100022
Phone: 212-419-3700

Detention Watch Network
1419 V Street NW
Washington, DC 20009
Specific Inquiries

Justice for our neighbors
National Headquarters
8001 Braddock Road, Suite 102, Springfield, Virginia 22151
Phone Number: 703-766-0442

National Immigration Project (NIP)
14 Beacon Street, Ste 602
Boston, MA 02108
Phone number: 617-227-9727

United Nations High Comissioner for Refugees
UNCHR Regional Office for the United States and the Caribbean
1800 Massachusetts Ave NW, Suite 500, 20036
Washington, DC, United States
Phone Number: 202-296-5191

Organizations who offer legal services in New York area:

Immigration Hotline (Confidential)
212-419-1233 or 1-800-566-7636

Safe Horizon
Phone Number: 718-943-8632

CUNY Citizenship & Immigration Project

  • Brooklyn - City Tech Immigration Center, 718-270-6292
  • Bronx - Hostos Community College Immigration Center, 718-518-4395
  • Manhattan - City College Immigration Center, 212-650-6620
  • Queens - Flushing Immigration Center, 646-664-9350

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

New York Association For New Americans has closed

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

Brooklyn Medgar Evers College Immigration Center
Phone: 718-270-6292

New York State Immigration Hotline Numbers

Families for Freedom
General Phone Number: 646-290-8720
Deportation Hotline: 646-290-5551

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

Puerto Rico Federal Affairs Administration New York
135 w 50th st, fl 22
New York, NY 10020

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.-Fre. from 9:00am. to 12:00pm Staten Island Opens Wed. and Thurs. Harlem is open Mon., Thurs. and 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 11231
    Phone Number: 718-923-8200
  • 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 Sutpin Blvd, Jamaica, NY 11435
    Phone Number: 212-962-4795

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 Legal Referal Service
Call and make appointment
Spanish 212-626-7374
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:

NYC Crime Victime Hotline
Hotline: 212-577-7777

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

Gay Men's Health Crisis
Address: 446 West 33rd Street,
New York, NY 10001-2601
Phone Number: 212-367-1000

Human Rights First
Address: 75 Broad St, 31st Floor,
New York, NY 10004
Phone Number: 212-845-5200

Organizations offering assistance in New Jersey:

Legal Services Of New Jersey
P.O Box 1357
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
Address: 3 Manhattan Drive,
Burlington, NJ 08016
Phone: 609-386-7171

Catholic Charities
Diocece of Camden Refugee and Immigration Services Person in Charge Patrick Barry
Phone: 856-342-4167

Legal assistance for prisoners:

Prisoners' Rights Project
The Legal Aid Society of NYC
199 Water Street
New York, NY 10007
Phone Number: 212-577-3530

Innocence Project
Address: 40 Worth Street, Suite 701
New York, NY 10013
Phone Number: 212-364-5340

Women In Jail and Prison Project of the Correctional Association of New York
Contact: Ida DuPont
22 Courtlandt Street, 33rd Floor
New York, NY 10007
(212) 254-5700

Prisoners and Families Clinic
Columbia Univ. Law School
Amsterdam Ave at 116th Street
Att: Prof. P. Genty
New York, NY 10027

Criminal Appellate Defender Clinic
NYU School of Law
40 Washington Sq. South
New York, NY 10012
Call Rosemary Herbet (212)-402-4112 or Eunice Lee (212)-402-4111

The Legal Action Center
225 Varick Street
New York, NY 10014
Individuals or providers who are in New York or who have questions 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 am - 4:00 pm and ask for a paralegal

Fortune Society
Phone Number: 212-691-7554
Address: 29-76 Northen Boulevard,
Long Island City, NY 11101
Our vision is to foster a world where all who are incarcerated or formerly incarcerated will thrive as positive, contributing members of society.

Safe Passage Project
Phone Number: 212-324-6558
Address: New York Law School, 185 West Broadway,
New York, NY 10013

Project Return
10 Astor Place, 7th Floor
New York, NY 10003-6935
Phone Number: 212-979-0461
Harlem Phone Number: 212-280-0814
Helps parolees with employment readiness, job placement, individual and family counseling, as well as recreational and community service activities.

Peaceprints of WNY
Address: 660 Smith St,
Buffalo NY, 14210
Phone Number: 716-856-6132

Black Veterans for Social Justice
665 Willoughby Avenue,
Brooklyn NY, 11206
Phone Number: 718-852-6004

Prisoner law manuals

6th Edition-March 2005) is very food for New York State issues. Published in English or Sanish. Please write for "order sheet" to
Columbia University Law School
Columbia Human Rights Law Review
435 West 116th Street
New York, NY 10027
Phone Number: 212-854-1601

The Jailhouse Lawyer's Handbook (2005)
Desigend for inmates and discussed federal section 1983 and constiutional issues. Please request your free copy (117 pages) by writing to National Lawyers Guild Prison Law Project 132 Nassau Street, RM 922, New Yorkm NY 10038

Center For Constitutional Rights
ATTN: Jailhouse Lawyers Handbook
666 Broadway, 7th Floor
New York, NY 10012
Phone Number: 212-614-6464
Donations: 212-614-6473

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