Children’s Aid Brings Free Immigration Lawyers to Three Community Sites

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The Children’s Aid Society and The New York City Bar Justice Center have been collaborating for over a year to bring much needed citizenship and immigration services to children, youth and parents free of charge. This special opportunity allows parents to learn about beginning the citizenship process, which could allow their minor children to become citizens by virtue of their status. But it also provides legal information and instructions for those who wish to bring relatives to the U.S., for immigrants who are undocumented, who have relatives in custody, or any other immigration issues.

The New York City Immigrant Advocacy Initiative (NYCIAI) was launched in October of 2007 as a collaborative effort between the City Bar Justice Center and the New York Chapter of the American Immigration Lawyers Association. Its aim is to address the many legal education and services issues faced by New York City's immigrant population through regular immigration clinics. Clients are given free 20 to 30 minute appointments with experienced immigration attorneys, who consult them about their various immigration concerns. Volunteer attorneys are not obligated to take on cases. When applicable, however, attorneys will refer the clients to low cost or free immigration service providers who can provide further assistance.

Three upcoming clinics are scheduled at Children’s Aid sites, and all community members are welcome to participate. Contact site managers below or Sharone Vaughn at (212) 358-8930 for more information.

October 15

Drew Hamilton Center
2672 8th Avenue @ 142nd St.
Central Harlem
6-8:00 p.m.

Contact: Casper Lassiter (212) 281-9555

December 10

Next Generation Center
1522 Southern Boulevard
South Bronx
6-9:00 p.m.

Contact: Maria Burgos (718) 589-3400

January 21

Mirabal Sister Campus (I.S. 90)
21 Jumel Place @ 168th St.
Washington Heights
6-9:00 p.m.

Contact: Fatima Reyes (646) 867-6050