Albany Law School Immigration Law Clinic (website available in multiple languages including English and Spanish) Law students, under direct supervision of a faculty member, provide representation to detained and non-detained immigrants, including victims of domestic violence, intimate partner violence, and sexual assault. Call 518-445-2328, Monday-Friday, 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.
The clinic also publishes immigration law Explainers – policy papers designed to help readers understand complex laws related to state and local governments’ immigration-related policy choices. Each Explainer reviews the law and provides links to further resources. Topics: drivers’ licenses (7 pp), municipal IDs (11 pp), public benefits (12 pp), U visas (5 pp), sanctuary jurisdictions (10 pp), and when local law enforcement officers are deputized by ICE (9 pp).
Immigration Equality helps lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer (LGBTQ) and/or HIV-positive people — including those in detention — with legal questions. Case load varies, but they can sometimes provide legal representation. If you are detained, please call the detention hotline, 917-654-9696. For all other inquiries, please fill out this contact form. Get resources here.
Immigration Technical Assistance Center (Vera Institute of Justice) offers searchable, online resources designed to help immigration lawyers. When immigrants have legal advisors they are more likely to be released from detention and more likely to appear at court dates as they pursue relief. Of equal importance, they can continue to provide financial and emotional support to family members and contribute to their communities.
The Legal Project (website available in multiple languages including Spanish) provides free, confidential, one-on-one consultations with attorneys to help immigrants understand specific situations and options. The Project may make attorney referrals. Staff can assist with completion of some forms at no cost. Staff speaks Spanish, Turkish, Arabic, and French and works to provide interpreters for other languages. Call 518-435-1770 to make an appointment.
New York Lawyers for the Public Interest may be able to help immigrants who are uninsured with serious health conditions, in immigration detention, or denied language access at hospitals or government offices. Get details here or call 212-244-4664, Monday to Friday, 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.
Prisoners Legal Services of New York represents incarcerated individuals in state prisons (they cannot help those in local jails or federal institutions) on a range of issues including immigration, excessive use of force, medical care, administrative segregation, disability rights, sexual abuse, sentencing, and wrongful confinement.
Detained community members may write Prisoners’ Legal Services of NY, Attn: Immigration Unit, 41 State St., Suite M112, Albany, NY 12207. Family members can use this email form, call 518-694-8699 or 518-445-6050, or email paralegal/administrative assistant, Mahrukh Badar at email@example.com or firstname.lastname@example.org.