Keeping immigrant communities strong.
Immigration status reverberates throughout our clients’ lives. Undocumented immigrants may be unable to access life-saving medical treatment and pursue jobs to afford basic necessities. They may also be at risk of deportation back to countries where they could face violence. They may also have their families torn apart by the immigration system.
By helping our clients secure the status to which they are entitled, we can unlock access to health care, employment, housing, and education, and keep families together. We offer comprehensive legal services in our clients’ native languages and partner with communities, providing services in trusted local spaces, such as schools, hospitals, and places of worship.
immigrants served by NYLAG immigration experts last year
children impacted by NYLAG’s immigration work
immigrants represented by NYLAG in removal proceedings and appeals, including people in detention
Our lawyers fight for immigrants. We offer the following legal services:
- Defending people facing deportation (removal defense)
- Fighting for those seeking asylum and other humanitarian relief
- Helping clients apply for green cards through family-based petitions (adjustment of status)
- Working with survivors of intimate partner violence and other crimes to secure immigration status
- Applying for citizenship (naturalization)
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The Latest on Immigration Law
Despite an increased demand in legal services with appropriate expertise for recently arrived immigrants, the city recently announced budget cuts to the Rapid Response Legal Collective—which NYLAG is a part of—for the next fiscal year. NYLAG’s Jodi Ziesemer spoke with CityLimits about the ramifications of this decision.
Yarys Lopez, longtime NYLAG client and now Pro Se Plus Project volunteer, was recognized as one of Robin Hood’s 2023 Heroes.