Catholic Charities Community Services provides community legal clinics, self-help application workshops, train-the-trainer sessions for advocates, and individual legal consultations at sites 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. Trainings is available in multiple languages. Toll free: 800-566-7636; Kingston office, 845-340-9170, ext. 100; Poughkeepsie, 845-452-1400, ext. 4259. For presentations or training, contact Lucia Goyen, 646-794-3628.
CCCS can 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 representation, and more. Full/pro bono 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.
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, and employment, discrimination. Cannot typically handle immigration matters unless related to crimes or domestic violence. Staff members speak multiple languages; additional languages are available via a translation service. Toll free, 877-574-8529: Mon.-Thurs., 8 a.m.-6 p.m., and Fri., 8 a.m.-4 p.m. Kingston office, 845-331-9373: 9 a.m.-5 p.m., Mon.-Fri.
Region 4 Immigration Assistance Center provides legal support to attorneys representing non-citizens in Ulster, Dutchess, Columbia, Greene, Orange, Putnam, Rockland, Sullivan, and Westchester counties. Contact Robert Horne, 914-286-3400 or RHorne@laswest.org, Legal Aid Society of Westchester County, 150 Grand St., 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 St., 845-331-6615.