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Gothamist: DoorDash, Legal Group Set to Deliver Free Legal Clinics on Immigration to Workers

NYLAG’s Jodi Ziesemer spoke to Gothamist about a partnership with DoorDash to offer free immigration legal clinics for its New York City delivery workers.

“Jodi Ziesemer, the director of the Immigrant Protection Unit at NYLAG, said in a press release that the legal clinics come at a moment when ‘New York City’s immigrant communities are facing a humanitarian crisis.’… 

“’I think that there is some hesitation on the part of employers to acknowledge that immigration is a complex and ever shifting situation,’ said Ziesemer, ‘that people may have the authority to work but still may need assistance in making their status permanent and helping resolve any issues that have arisen regarding their documentation or their immigration status.’ 

“Ziesemer said one of the primary challenges of the arrangement, which will start with an in-person clinic for 20-25 DoorDash workers, was ensuring that the service was exclusively for workers and not for the company. 

“So we established a firewall that we will be consulting with their workers, but not sharing any information” with DoorDash, she said.” 

Read the full piece by Arun Venugopal in Gothamist from July 31, 2023. 

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