Frequently asked questions
LEGAL AID & IMMIGRATION
Legal Services of New York (LSNY)
Legal Services of New York programs provide legal assistance in the areas of housing, family, and benefits, as well as in areas of growing importance to clients such as consumer, education, foreclosure prevention, and disability rights.
The Children's Law Center
Each year in New York City, thousands of children are the subjects of legal disputes that can be very contentious and very emotional. The outcomes to these cases deeply affect the lives of the children involved. Yet, while each adult has an opportunity to speak to the Court, the child's voice is often faint or not heard. The mission at The Children's Law Center ("CLC") is to give children strong and effective voices in legal proceedings that have a critical impact on their lives.
Mobilization For Justice
MOBILIZATION FOR JUSTICE, formerly MFY Legal Services, offers free legal assistance to low-income New Yorkers throughout New York City to resolve legal problems in the areas of housing; foreclosure; civil, disability and aging rights; bankruptcy, tax, consumer, employment, government benefits, immigration, and kinship care. Through these services they prevent homelessness, help seniors and people with disabilities live independently, stabilize families, maintain and increase income, and address racial disparities.
New York Lawyers for the Public Interest
New York Lawyers for the Public Interest is a nonprofit, civil rights law firm that strives for social justice. In partnership with member law firms, corporate law departments and other organizations, NYLPI helps underrepresented people develop legal strategies to serve their vision for themselves and their communities.
Parents, educators, advocates, and attorneys come to Wrightslaw for accurate, reliable information about special education law, education law, and advocacy for children with disabilities. Wrightslaw is a very comprehensive website with an extensive directory of special education topics, issues and resources.
New York State Unified Court System
The New York State Unified Court System partners with local non-profit organizations, known as Community Dispute Resolution Centers (CDRCs), to provide mediation, arbitration and other dispute resolution options as an alternative to court. Every year, CDRCs help thousands of New Yorkers resolve a wide range of disputes involving: Landlords and Tenants, Parents and Children, Child Custody and Visitation (Parenting Issues), Families and Schools
Office of the Public Advocate
The job of the Public Advocate is that of a watchdog, ensuring that all New Yorkers receive the City services they deserve and have a voice in shaping the policies of their government. The Public Advocate also influences City planning, the budget process, and the management of retirement funds. The Public Advocate provides public school parents a voice in the education system; making government more efficient and transparent; and helping New Yorkers in need.
The Northern Manhattan Improvement Corp.
The Northern Manhattan Improvement Corporation (NMIC) is a community-based not-for-profit organization that serves the Washington Heights and Inwood communities that provides free legal services to families who are located in Washington Heights and Inwood from 155th St. to 220th street. Other services include programs for children under 6 exposed to lead and landlord and tenant housing issues/eviction prevention.
U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS)
U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS is the government agency that oversees lawful immigration to the United States. U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) is the federal agency that oversees lawful immigration to the United States. It is a component of the Department of Homeland Security. Some of the services provided include: Citizenship (Includes the Related Naturalization Process) , Immigration of Family Members, Working in the U.S., Humanitarian Programs
The Mayor's Office of Immigrant Affairs
The Mayor's Office of Immigrant Affairs promotes the well-being of immigrant communities by recommending policies and programs that facilitate successful integration of immigrant New Yorkers into the civic, economic, and cultural life of the City. If you're an immigrant to New York City, this office can help you identify which City services you can access; find a community-based organization that can address your needs and with a staff person who speaks your language; and get information about your pending applications from U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (formerly the INS).
Northern Manhattan Coalition for Immigrant Rights (NMCIR)
The Northern Manhattan Coalition for Immigrant Rights (NMCIR), is a non-profit organization, founded in 1982 to educate, defend and protect the rights of immigrants. NMCIR works on issues such as immigration, citizenship, deportation and voter participation focusing on keeping families together, facilitating integration and building community power. Most of the individuals who walk through the doors of the Coalition are low-income, non-citizen immigrants from the Caribbean, Latin America, and increasingly, Africa and the Middle East.