Other Legal Resources
- U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services
- Immigration Advocates Network: Find a directory of nonprofit legal providers with free or low-cost services
- Board of Immigration Appeals (BIA): Find attorneys who provide immigration services at low or no cost.
- American Immigration Lawyers Association: Online Immigration Lawyer Referral Service
- New York City Bar Association: Find free or low cost legal services.
- Immigration Law Help: Online directory of nearly 1,000 free or low-cost nonprofit immigration legal services providers in all 50 states
- American Civic Association: Provides services to recent immigrants
- New York Immigration Coalition: Provides list of authorized nonprofit immigration legal service organizations
- Immigrant Legal Resource Center: Offers immigration attorneys with expertise in family-based immigration, humanitarian relief, naturalization and citizenship, immigration enforcement, and removal defense
Student and Scholar Resources
- NAFSA: Travel Advisory for Nationals of Certain Countries Pursuant to Executive Order
- IIE: Emergency Assistance for Scholars and Students
Organizations to Watch
The following organizations are actively working to protect rights and support immigrants. Visit these websites regularly for new information and guidance:
CUNY Legal Resources
CUNY Citizenship Now! provides free, high quality, and confidential immigration law services. Our attorneys and paralegals offer one-on-one consultations to assess participants’ eligibility for legal benefits and assist them in applying when qualified.
- CUNY students, faculty and staff from the seven countries (Iran, Iraq, Libya, Somalia, Sudan, Syria and Yemen) affected by the Executive Order with questions about their immigration status and/or travel abroad plans should write to Citizenship Now! at firstname.lastname@example.org.
- Travel Advisory: For students, faculty and staff in the US from the seven affected countries, our best advice remains not to travel abroad until we have more clarity about ongoing developments in the wake of the Executive Order. CN! plans a Facebook Live session and a Facebook page for students to share information and get their questions answered.
The CLEAR (Creating Law Enforcement Accountability & Responsibility) project, housed at CUNY School of Law, primarily aims to address the unmet legal needs of Muslim, Arab, South Asian, and other communities in the New York City area that are particularly affected by national security and counter-terrorism policies and practices.
- Counseling Services
- International Student Advisors (by school):
|Bronx CC||Esteban Rodriguezemail@example.com|
|CUNY School of Law||Sheeja Pillaifirstname.lastname@example.org|
|Graduate Center and Journalism||Linda Asaroemail@example.com,edu|
|Hostos CC||Lisanka Sotofirstname.lastname@example.org|
|Hunter||Barbara Medina (J-1 scholars only)||email@example.com|
|Hunter IELI||Sean Leefirstname.lastname@example.org|
|John Jay||Inga Mezaleemail@example.com|
|LaGuardia CC||Pressian Nicolovfirstname.lastname@example.org|
|LaGuardia ELI||Yvette Alphonsusemail@example.com|
|Medgar Evers||Joylyn Phillip-Ndiayefirstname.lastname@example.org|
|Queens ELI||Erika Guadalupeemail@example.com|
For background information on legal challenges:
American Immigration Council’s Practice Advisory, Challenging President Trump’s Ban on Entry.
For the latest information:
RESOURCES FOR DETAINED IMMIGRANTS
- New York State has established a confidential toll-free hotline for New Yorkers to report family members, relatives, friends or colleagues believed to be passengers on flights coming into the state, but are missing or believed to be detained: 1-888-769-7243.
- CUNY students, faculty or staff who are detained at the airport, or are abroad and need guidance, please contact CUNY Citizenship Now! attorney Isabel Bucaram, Esq. by text, phone or WhatsApp at 646-860-5678.
- Citizenship Now! on Facebook