Partnership Helps Parents Navigate Immigration Issues

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Throughout communities served by The Children’s Aid Society, lack of legal and immigration knowledge can hinder a family’s ability to fully establish themselves in New York City. Thanks to collaboration with the City Bar Justice Center and the New York Chapter of the American Immigration Lawyers Association (AILA), many were able to meet with volunteer attorneys at the 8th Annual Immigration Clinic at the Mirabal Sisters Campus in Washington Heights on Tuesday, December 6th.

At this clinic, parents learned about the citizenship process as well as how to bring relatives to the U.S. For immigrants who are undocumented, this is a special opportunity to meet with lawyers to discuss their specific issues privately and free of charge.

As a result of last year’s clinics, P.S. 152, also a Children’s Aid Community School in Washington Heights, reports that 23 of their parents were able to adjust their immigration status to become naturalized U.S. citizens. Partnerships like this help The Children’s Aid Society further its mission with critical assistance that stabilizes children’s lives. We are grateful to the City Bar Justice Center for their excellent professional support in this endeavor.