April 15, 2009

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

New York Legal Assistance Group (NYLAG) and Chinese Consolidated Benevolent Association (CCBA) Reach Out to Immigrants in Need of Legal Services

(New York, NY – April 15, 2009) – The New York Legal Assistance Group (NYLAG) and the Chinese Consolidated Benevolent Association (CCBA) have joined efforts to reach out to former clients of the New York Association for New Americans (NYANA) who are still in need of free legal help. In the summer of 2008, NYANA was forced to close its doors for financial reasons, leaving over 5,000 immigrant clients without legal representation.  Approximately 2,000 of these clients are Chinese. NYLAG agreed to offer its free services to these clients and has attempted to contact them. While NYLAG has successfully located the majority of the former NYANA clients, there are hundreds more who have not been reached.

CCBA President Justin C. Yu said, “Many of the NYANA clients have been left in a very vulnerable position. They may not know when their hearings are scheduled or may have left valuable documents in the care of NYANA.  It is critical that they be contacted and informed that they still can receive adequate and competent legal services through NYLAG. CCBA encourages clients who had been represented by NYANA to accept NYLAG’s generous offer. NYLAG has a strong reputation in our community and can be trusted.”

Tony Lu, an attorney with NYLAG stated, “NYLAG is grateful to CCBA for its commitment to serve the best interests of the Chinese-American community.  Their partnership in reaching out to former NYANA clients is very valuable in bringing forward many immigrants who are still in need of legal help.  NYLAG can help individuals who were previously being assisted by NYANA with myriad immigration issues such as immigration status, work authorization, and public benefits.”  Former NYANA clients are encouraged to contact NYLAG through its hotline for Cantonese and Mandarin speakers at 212.946.0356.

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The New York Legal Assistance Group (NYLAG) provides free civil legal services to New Yorkers who cannot afford a private attorney. Founded in 1990, NYLAG works to empower individuals, protect fundamental legal rights, and promote access to justice. With a reputation for responding quickly to emerging community needs, the agency offers a broad range of high quality and culturally competent services. For more information, go to www.nylag.org.