The Legal Aid Society is committed to continuing to serving our clients during the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic.
The Legal Aid Society’s office locations throughout the five boroughs have begun the process of re-opening to the public. We will continue to closely monitor COVID-19 health and safety protocols to ensure the wellbeing of our clients and staff. If you are a current client, please consult your attorney or social worker before visiting an office in-person.
If you are not a current client and need assistance from the Criminal Defense Practice or Juvenile Rights Practice continue to call our main number 212-577-3300. Indicate you need legal assistance and your call will be forwarded to an operator who will assist you.
If you are not a current client and you need assistance from our Civil Practice call the neighborhood office in your borough:
Staten Island: 347-422-5333
Some court proceedings remain virtual while others have resumed in-person, please consult with your attorney if you have questions about an upcoming appearance.
Visitors to any Court System facility house maybe required to submit to temperature screening and questioning upon entry into the Courthouse and prior to magnetometer and x-ray security screening. Masks are optional in the Courthouse. For more information click here.
Immigrants are eligible for many forms of health insurance, cash benefits, and food assistance. Some immigrant households may have concerns about accessing benefits because of an immigration issue called “Public Charge.” Please note that public charge only applies to certain immigrants and certain public benefits. Accessing COVID-19 testing and care WILL NOT count against an immigrant who is currently or may be subject to public charge in the future.
Read our updated FAQ on Public Charge which includes COVID-19 information, and other information and resources regarding public charge here.
Any community member or advocate with questions should call Legal Aid’s Immigration Helpline at 844-955-3424, Monday – Friday from 9 a.m. – 5 p.m. to leave a message for our Public Charge team. Our team can then call you back to answer additional questions. Interpreters are available for all languages.
The information on this page has been prepared by The Legal Aid Society for informational purposes only and is not legal advice. This information is not intended to create, and receipt of it does not constitute, an attorney-client relationship. You should not act upon any information without retaining professional legal counsel.
Last Updated: 11 January 2023
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