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In New York, immigrants can get free legal assistance in their native language

The City Hall of New York announced the launch of a new project ActionNYC, which will allow illegal immigrants in their native language to receive the necessary legal services free of charge and safely in Brooklyn, Manhattan and Queens.

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Acting Commissioner Bitt Mosfi of the Immigrant Mayor’s Office Announced Expansion ActionNYC to provide additional immigration legal services for the population most in need, and in their language.

ActionNYC, the city’s main program, which provides free and safe immigration legal services, has allocated almost $ 700 000 to six community organizations and law firms to finance additional services throughout the city.

The services are expected to start in late spring / early summer 2018.

Organizations receiving funding:

  • Council of Peoples Organization (COPO)
  • Chhaya Community Development Corporation (Chhaya CDC)
  • Korean Community Services (KCS)
  • Lutheran Social Services of Metropolitan New York (LSSNY)
  • Chinese-American Planning Council (CPC)
  • New York Legal Assistance Group (NYLAG)

Through these new partners services ActionNYC will be provided around Kensington and Midwood in Brooklyn, Chinatown in Manhattan, as well as in Bayside, Flushing and Jackson Heights in Queens.

“We have made the largest local investment in immigrant legal services in the state because we know our neighbors are threatened by the Trump administration,” said Mayor Bill de Blasio. “By working with community organizations, we can reach immigrants on local sites they frequent and reach more people in need.”

“Based on our partnerships with community organizations, ActionNYC will fill local gaps and provide services to New York immigrants in Brooklyn, Manhattan and Queens,” said Acting Commissioner Bitta Mostofi of the Mayor's Office of Immigrant Affairs.

«ActionNYC “This is a vital program that demonstrates our commitment to protecting New York's immigrants,” said Council Member Carlos Menchaca, Chairman of the Immigration Committee. “Immigration legal services are needed now more than ever as federal policies threaten to tear families apart.”

3,1 has millions of immigrants living in New York, and threats to programs such as DACA and TPS, as well as increased immigration raids, have dramatically increased the need for free and reliable immigration legal services.

“The best way to provide much-needed legal assistance to immigrant communities is to provide these services directly to the people who need it most,” said Council Member Jumaane Williams. “I want to thank the Mayor’s Office for Immigrant Affairs for their assistance in providing legal assistance.”

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