We provide urgent legal services to reunify families and assist low-income immigrants in obtaining lawful status, applying for citizenship, and defending against deportation.
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Immigration Law Unit
Criminal Immigration Specialists
Immigration law, Stacy Lam’s focus for the last 20 of her 25 years at The Legal Aid Society, is an especially complex set of problems to solve. It requires an astute knowledge of federal and state laws, and when a certain law went into or out of effect.
When Margot fled violence in Honduras to seek asylum in the United States, she had no idea that, seven years later, she would still be waiting to reunite with her three children.
Our work reunifies families and assists low-income immigrants in obtaining lawful status, applying for citizenship, and defending against deportation so everyone has an equal chance to thrive in New York City.
New York City has 3.14 million foreign-born immigrants, from more than 150 countries, who comprise nearly 40% of the City population.
New Yorkers assisted in over 5,200 individual legal matters by the Immigration Law Unit
Immigrants detained by federal immigration authorities are 10.5x more likely to obtain legal relief in Immigration Court with an attorney.
Every donation helps us offer essential legal services to thousands of vulnerable New Yorkers, helping people buy food, pay rent, and care for themselves and their families.
Last Updated: 22 January 2024
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