Unless otherwise noted, websites are in English only.
Catholic Charities Community Services (CCCS) manages the New Americans Hotline, 800-566-7636. It is toll-free Monday-Friday, 9 a.m. to 8 p.m. and Saturday-Sunday, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. except Federal holidays with live help in more than 200 languages. Calls are confidential and anonymous without regard to citizenship or status. The hotline provides information and referrals on general immigration and naturalization questions, public and private programs, and Office of New Americans Opportunity Centers. Fraud and schemes directed against immigrants may also be reported to this number.
CCCS can sometimes help with family-based petitions, permanent residence applications, naturalization/citizenship, consular processing, Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA), work authorization requests, Special Immigrant Juvenile Status, T and U visas, Temporary Protected Status (TPS), asylum, removal defense, and more. Representation before courts, U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services, New York Immigration Court, and/or the Board of Immigration Appeals is decided case-by-case. For more information on these services, call 212-419-3700.
CCCS also offers legal clinics, self-help workshops, and train-the-trainer sessions for advocates throughout the region. Staff work to prevent exploitation, encourage reporting of crimes, and provide updates on immigrants’ rights through regular Know Your Rights (KYR) sessions. Training is available in multiple languages. For details, contact immigration attorney and community engagement manager Lucia Goyen, 646-794-3628 or lucia.goyen@
Legal Services of the Hudson Valley (website: English & Spanish) provides free help to low income individuals and families in civil matters such as housing, family law, public benefits, and employment discrimination. Immigration services available to those who have experienced domestic violence in their countries of origin or in the U.S., victims of trafficking, and crime victims eligible for a U-Visa. Staff members speak multiple languages; additional languages are available via a translation service. Call toll-free, 877-574-8529, or in Kingston, 845-331-9373. In-person meetings by appointment only.
Region 4 (Hudson Valley) Immigration Assistance Center provides legal support to attorneys representing non-citizens in criminal cases in Ulster, Dutchess, Columbia, Greene, Orange, Putnam, Rockland, Sullivan, and Westchester counties. Contact Robert Horne, 914-286-3408 or RHorne@laswest.org, Legal Aid Society of Westchester County, 150 Grand Street, first floor, White Plains.
Worker Justice Center of New York (WJCNY), multiple languages including Spanish. Free legal assistance to individuals and groups in matters affecting low-wage workers including farmworkers. WJCNY can help with administrative proceedings to prevent deportation, obtain legal status, or receive authorization to work; family unification, labor trafficking, sexual abuse, domestic violence, and more. Toll free: 800-724-7020. Kingston office: 9 Main Street, 845-331-6615.