Immigrants must be aware of immigration scams

  “If you pay this fee, you’re guaranteed a place in the Diversity Immigrant Visa program!”  “You can have this form for $20.”  “Under DACA, you’re eligible for these services.”  “If you don’t pay $300 immediately, you will be deported.” Don’t be fooled by immigration scams! Immigration laws are complicated, so it’s no surprise there’s … Read moreImmigrants must be aware of immigration scams

Legal Aid and others provide representation for detained immigrants

Currently, there is no right to legal counsel for immigrants, including people seeking asylum and families with children and those who cannot afford an attorney find themselves navigating the court system alone. In response, The Legal Aid Society and our legal services partners formed the New York Immigrant Family Unity Project (NYIFUP), an innovative project … Read moreLegal Aid and others provide representation for detained immigrants

Immigrants Safer from Fraud

Last week Attorney General Eric T. Schneiderman and Mayor Bill de Blasio announced the formation of a new joint task force to target those who prey on immigrants. “Our joint city-state anti-fraud task force will stop fraudsters in their tracks and provide a safe place for immigrant fraud victims to come forward,” said Mayor de … Read moreImmigrants Safer from Fraud

Immigrants' access to the Affordable Care Act

The National Council of la Raza reports that 10. 2 million Latinos are eligible for the Affordable Care Act (ACA).  Yet, there are still many questions regarding what types of immigration statuses are eligible and which are not. In a nutshell, under ACA only “lawfully present” immigrants can qualify to either buy private health insurance … Read moreImmigrants' access to the Affordable Care Act

Infographic shows time immigrants spend in detention

An infographic developed by Center for American Progress shows how much time immigrants can expect to spend in detention. On average immigrants with no serious offenses can expect to spend an average of one month in detention. However, those that are fighting deportation can be detained three times longer, in some cases even years. With … Read moreInfographic shows time immigrants spend in detention

How's technology evolving immigrant service delivery?

In partnership with the CUNY Immigration Working Group, we’re releasing a new video and accompanying lesson plan to get nonprofit staff acquainted with emerging tech-driven initiatives. 
 
If you would like one of our staff to go over the video and lesson plan with your organization, contact Wilneida Negron at: wnegron@nylawhelp.org to request a free in-house training. 
 
Thanks to Mark O’Brien from Pro Bono Net, Matthew Burnett from Immigration Advocates Network, and Emma Murphy from Cabrini Immigrant Services of NYC for their interview time!  

Some good news for New York State’s immigrants

(This article originally appeared in the NYLAG Blog) On the national front this has been a summer of disappointment, outrage and guarded hope for the rights of immigrant families living in our country. Comprehensive immigration reform seems like a distant memory, unaccompanied children are fleeing persecution only to be denied due process and fast-tracked into … Read moreSome good news for New York State’s immigrants

Immigrants and domestic violence

While the national debate rages on as to the threat posed by undocumented immigrants, the immigrants themselves often face a more personal threat- domestic violence. All immigrants to United States, legal or not, are afforded the same legal protections as American citizens are when they are victims of domestic violence. However, the fear of deportation … Read moreImmigrants and domestic violence

3 ways to help New York's senior immigrants

Poverty, alienation, and vulnerability are some of the challenges facing New York’s aging immigrant population.  For every challenge immigrant seniors face, there is a clear and worrying consequences.  For example, the table below shows the main challenges senior immigrants in NY face along with the quality of life issues that it raises:   Challenges   … Read more3 ways to help New York's senior immigrants