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NYLAG Fights For Fair & Equal Access to Justice

Founded in 1990, NYLAG is a leading civil legal services organization combatting economic, racial, and social injustice by advocating for people experiencing poverty or in crisis. 

Combatting social, racial, and economic injustice

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Long Lines and Hearing Delays Reflect a Broken Immigration System

Asylum seekers are being harmed by unfair deportation orders and court appointments scheduled as far as a decade from now.

NYLAG, Legal Aid, Empire Justice, Launch “Fair Hearing Help NY” Website

This new website offers free legal resources for New Yorkers navigating government benefit hearings.

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tenants & homeowners represented, resulting in thousands of people keeping their homes


immigrants served from 196 different countries, including for asylum claims & deportation defense

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STATEMENT: NYLAG Responds to New York City’s FY 2025 Adopted Budget

As one of New York City’s largest civil legal service providers, communities throughout the five boroughs rely on NYLAG to access justice, often in a time of crisis. Our advocates work diligently to meet people where they are and make ...

Documented: Number of Unrepresented People in NYC Immigration Courts Marks 18-Year High

In a recent interview with DocumentedNY, Allison Cutler, supervising attorney in NYLAG’s Immigrant Protection Unit overseeing the Pro Se Plus Project (PSPP), provided insight into the pressing issue of the lack of representation and legal challenges confronting our new neighbors. ...

CityLimits: City Starts Enforcing Stricter Re-Sheltering Rules for Adult Migrants, As Advocates Stand Guard

Deborah Berkman, Project Director of the Shelter Advocacy Initiative at NYLAG, recently spoke with CityLimits regarding the city’s implementation of stricter rules for immigrant shelter reapplications, making it increasingly difficult for adult immigrants without children to gain any sense of ...

NYLAG’s Danielle Tarantolo Receives NYCBA 2024 Legal Services Award

Danielle Tarantolo, Director of the New York Legal Assistance Group’s (NYLAG) Special Litigation Unit, received the New York City Bar Association’s 2024 Legal Services Award on Monday at the Bar’s midtown Manhattan headquarters.

Gothamist: Migrants and advocates brace for stricter rules in NYC shelters as evictions loom

On Wednesday, May 22nd adult immigrants may be evicted from city shelters after reaching a limit of 30 or 60 days, further disrupting their lives and causing more trauma, potentially forcing them to sleep on the streets. NYLAG’s Deborah Berkman ...

The Hechinger Report: The story of how one college abruptly closed – and kept everyone in the dark

In a recent interview with The Hechinger Report, Jessica Ranucci, a supervising attorney for NYLAG’s Special Litigation unit, discussed how the closure of Wells College and all abrupt closures disrupt students’ education, making it significantly harder for them to earn ...
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