Immigration and Services for Immigrants

New York City Immigration and Immigrant Services

Citizenship NOW! At City University of NY1
(646) 344-7245
Provides free and confidential immigration law services. Many locations. One-on-One consultations assess participants’ eligibility for legal benefits and assist with applications. Referrals to community, educational, and volunteer opportunities. Tutoring in English and for immigration exam. Not LGBT specific.

City Bar Justice Center: Refugee Assistance Program12
Manhattan: 42 W 44th Street
Immigration Intake Line: (212) 382-6710
The Refugee Assistance Project represents individuals who have suffered torture and other forms of persecution in their home countries and who are seeking asylum in the U.S. The project also assists with filing relative petitions and obtaining asylum-related benefits such as employment authorization, refugee travel documents and green cards.

City Bar Justice Center: Immigrant Women and Children Center12
Manhattan: 42 W 44th Street
Immigration Intake Line: (212) 382-6710
The Immigrant Women and Children Project offers free legal assistance to immigrant survivors of violent crimes, including domestic violence, sexual assault, child abuse and human trafficking. Volunteer attorneys assist clients with the preparation of immigration applications, including special immigration relief under the Violence Against Women Act through self-petitions and battered spouse waivers. The program also assists applicants with U & T visas, for those survivors of violent crimes who cooperated with law enforcement. Recommended as trans-friendly by CK Life NYC Resource List.

Desis Rising Up and Moving (DRUM)124
Queens: 72-18 Roosevelt Ave. (718) 205-3036
Builds leadership in low-income South Asian immigrant communities, particularly of women and youth, undocumented immigrants, and immigrants who are detained, in NYC. Runs several projects including the Immigrant Justice Program, Azaadi Legal Defense Project, Youth Power! and the Queens Drivers License Coalition.

Families for Freedom
Manhattan: 35 West 31th St, #702 (646) 290-8720
Hotline: (646) 290-5551
NY-based multi-ethnic defense network by and for immigrants facing and fighting deportation.

HealthRight International
Manhattan: 80 Maiden Lane (212) 226-9890
Assists in applications for asylum based on human rights violations. Experience working with TGNC people.

Immigration Equality12
Manhattan: 40 Exchange Place, St. 1705
(212) 714-2904
Free immigration legal services for HIV-affected and LGBT people, including asylum seekers.

Legal-Aid Society1
Manhattan: 199 Water St. (212) 577-3300
Provides Civil and Criminal legal services to low-income New York residents.

Immigration Law Detention Hotline: (212) 577-3456
Community Law Office: (212) 426-3000
Employment Law Project: (888) 218-6974
Health Law Project: (212) 577-3575
HIV/AIDS Representation Project of the Harlem Homeless Rights Project: (800) 649-9125
Low-Income Taxpayers Clinic: (212) 426-3013
Prisoners Rights Project: (212) 577-3530 or write to:

Prisoners’ Rights Project
The Legal Aid Society
199 Water St.
New York, NY 10038

Lorena Borjas Community Fund
Contact Info Forthcoming
Supports low-income LGB and TGNC immigrants to deal with the collateral consequences of arrest, criminal conviction, jail time and court appearances including the financial burdens, loss of personal property, and the many pressures to accept unfavorable pleas.

NYC LGBT Center: Immigration Support Services1
Center Wellness provides the following services for LGBT immigrants: information and referrals; assessments and short-term counseling; letters of support in asylum cases; support and referrals for immigrants living with HIV and AIDS; support Groups for LGBT immigrants - English/Spanish. The goal of the immigrant support group is to provide a safe, non-judgmental environment where immigrants can talk about their immigration & migration experience and receive information and referrals to LGBT organizations that understand the unique needs of newly arrived LGBT immigrants.

New York Legal Assistance Group1
Manhattan: 7 Hanover Square, 18th Floor
General, Immigration, and Family: (212) 613-5000
LGBT Law Project: (212) 613-5000 ext. 5107
Offers legal support to low-income New Yorkers: General Legal Support, Immigration Protection Unit, LGBT Law Project, Matrimonial and Family Law, Legal Health, Total Life Choices (wills, proxies, powers of attorney), Special Litigation, Special Education, Financial Counseling, and Holocaust Compensation Assistance.

Make the Road By Walking12
Brooklyn: 301 Grove St. (718) 418-7690
Queens: 92-10 Roosevelt Ave., Jackson Heights (718) 565-8500
Staten Island: 479 Port Richmond Ave. (718) 727-1222
Free bilingual English-Spanish legal and supportive services aimed at holistic support; Assistance with Public Benefits, SSD/I, Fair Hearings, Housing, Immigration, Healthcare and insurance access, Civil Rights issues; Community organizing and advocacy.

NY Immigration Coalition
(212) 627-2227
Manhattan: 137-139 West 25th St., 12th Floor
Policy/advocacy work, education, technical assistance, and leadership development to support immigrants in NYS: focus on health, education, immigration, housing and parks, civic participation, and language access. Offers a comprehensive list of low-cost immigration service providers in NY.

Safe Horizon: Immigration Law Project1
(718) 943-8632
Safe Horizon's Immigration Law Project provides free and low-cost services to victims of crime, torture, and abuse in immigration proceedings. Provides free legal information and advice and direct representation to low-income and indigent domestic violence victims in family and supreme court proceedings, and immigration matters throughout New York City.

Sylvia Rivera Law Project1^24^^
Manhattan: 147 W 24th St, 5th Floor
(212) 337-8550
Provides free legal services to TGNC people of color and low-income TGNC people, call for drop-in hours.

New York State Immigration and Immigrant Services

NY Immigration Coalition
(212) 627-2227
Manhattan: 137-139 West 25th St., 12th Floor
Policy/advocacy work, education, technical assistance, and leadership development to support immigrants in NYS: focus on health, education, immigration, housing and parks, civic participation, and language access. Offers a comprehensive list of low-cost immigration service providers in NY.

Central New York

Cornell Law School Advocacy for LGBT Communities Clinic1
(607) 255-4196; ude.llenroc|cinilc-tbgl#ude.llenroc|cinilc-tbgl
Cornell Law School Advocacy for LGBT Communities Clinic provides legal assistance to low-income LGBT people residing in Tompkins County and the surrounding counties. To be eligible, you must identify as LGBT, reside in listed counties (see website), and be unable to afford a lawyer to help you. Clinic assists with immigration law, including asylum based on sexual orientation or gender identity and assistance for bi-national couples.

National Immigration and Immigrant Services

Immigration Equality12
National Headquarters - New York: 40 Exchange Place, Suite 1300; (212) 714-2904
Washington, D.C. Office: 1325 Massachusetts Avenue NW, Suite 250; (202) 347-0002
Immigration Equality is a national organization fighting for equality under U.S. immigration law for lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and HIV-positive individuals. Founded in 1994 as the Lesbian and Gay Immigration Rights Task Force, Immigration Equality provides legal aid and advocacy for LGBT and HIV-positive immigrants and their families.

Immigrating while Trans - Navigating Legal Barriers and Discrimination
Basic Rights Oregon provides a guide to immigrating to the United States as a trans person, including facts about discrimination and specific difficulties that trans people face in immigrating.

National Immigrant Justice Center1
Chicago, IL: 208 S. LaSalle St, Suite 1818
The National Immigrant Justice Center provides direct legal services to and advocates for immigrants, asylum seekers, and refugees through policy reform, impact litigation, and public education. NIJC has pro bono attorneys available from a number of the nation's leading law firms. LGBT-specific attorneys also available.

Transgender Law Center: Immigration Resources2
Includes a number of resources (in English and Spanish) for trans immigrants about legal barriers, asylum, visas, and other relevant issues. TLC has a number of useful publications on immigration and transgender law.

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