Immigrant community members from several countries were served free of charge at a recent Ulster County Community Legal Clinic organized by Catholic Charities. They were primarily residents from Ulster County but a few participants came from as far as Albany and NYC. Among those served were potential new citizens; victims of crimes; asylum seekers; individuals eligible for family-based relief petitions; and more.
37 volunteers, including a number of UIDN members, partnered with ten Catholic Charities attorneys to serve 106 immigrants.
Together, the volunteers and attorneys provided:
- Individualized legal advice
- Safety planning strategies
- Information regarding benefits and services
- Guidance on how to report and protect against fraud
Nearly 45 individuals were found eligible for immigration benefits and over ten follow-up appointments were scheduled for legal assistance.
This was a large-scale screening clinic, open to the public, with all immigrants welcome and all types of questions answered. Catholic Charities is exploring increased application-based workshop programming as a next step to serve more immigrants.