“So often the choice in life is not between the bad and the good, but between the good and the better. We fail to make way for the better because we are bogged down by the good.” - Martin Luther King March 29, 1959
IDP provides expert legal advice on the immigration consequences of contact with Criminal and Family Courts. They assist immigrants and their loved ones, criminal defenders, family court practitioners, and immigrant advocates through a range of services including the IDP Helpline and the newly created Padilla Support Center. While IDP cannot provide direct representation in immigration removal proceedings they can offer individualized advice.
The Legal Action Center is the only non-profit law and policy organization in the United States whose sole mission is to fight discrimination against people with histories of addiction, HIV/AIDS, or criminal records, and to advocate for sound public policies in these areas. Legal Action Center provides free legal services to people living in New York who have had interactions with the criminal justice system.
NAMI helps families and individuals affected by mental illness build better lives through education, support, and advocacy. NAMI organizes classes and support groups for people who need direct assistance.
AVP’s Legal Services Department increases access to civil legal services, which increases safety for LGBTQ and HIV-affected survivors of all types of violence, including intimate partner violence, sexual violence and hate violence. They provide free, holistic legal services to LGBTQ and HIV-affected survivors in all five boroughs of New York City in Family Court, Housing Court, Civil Court and with immigration matters.
NMCIR provides a vast array of family-based immigration services including one-on-one legal consultations and application assistance on issues such as: adjustment of legal status, filing for citizenship and naturalization and family-based petitions.
Picture the Homeless is a grassroots organization, founded and led by homeless people. They are organizing for social justice around issues like housing, police violence, and the shelter-industrial complex. Their work is focused on Civil Rights, Housing, and Education & Training. They also offer resources and services such as Technology & Mail Access, Legal Clinic, Referrals & Networking Opportunities, Organizing Training.
Sanctuary for Families works to end gender violence through three key strategies: direct services, outreach and training, and systems-change advocacy. Their projects include counseling & crisis, legal, shelter, economic empowerment, children & families, anti-trafficking, outreach & training, and advocacy.
SRLP provides direct representation for low-income transgender people and transgender people of color in three main areas. The Survival & Self-Determination Project is aimed at helping people access critical services and benefits needed for gender self-determination. The Immigrant Justice Project at SRLP works with low-income people and people of color who are TGNCI and either seeking legally recognized immigration status or are adjusting to a different immigration status. The Prisoner Justice Project provides assistance in civil matters to people held in New York City jails and in New York State Prisons. They are unable to provide direct legal services with criminal cases or appeals of criminal cases although they are happy to work with attorneys to ensure trans-competent representation.
The Door provides a wide range of services to meet the needs of New York City youth aged 12-24. Program Categories include The Bronx Youth Center, College Advisement & Tutoring, The Talent Search program, Counseling, Creative Arts, Food & Nutrition Services, Foster Care, HSE (High School Equivalency), Health Services, Jobs & Internships, Leadership, Legal & Immigration Services, LGBTQ, Professional Training Institute (for Social Service Workers), Recreation, Runaway and Homeless Youth, and Supportive Housing.
Turning Point for Women and Families helps Muslim women and girls affected by domestic violence to empower themselves and transform their own lives as well as those of their families. Turning Point provides a diversified range of culturally competent services focused on safety and self-sufficiency through direct services, advocacy, and referrals.
The Urban Justice Center makes legal services easily accessible to the people that need it most. Their programs include AsylumConnect, The Brave House, College Athlete Advocacy Initiative, Domestic Violence Project, Human Rights Project, Mental Health Project, Peter Cicchino Youth Project, Power of Purpose, Safety Net Project, Sex Workers Project, Street Vendor Project, Surveillance Technology Oversight Projects.
Voices Of Community Activists & Leaders (VOCAL-NY) is a statewide grassroots membership organization that builds power among low-income people affected by HIV/AIDS, hepatitis C, the drug war, homelessness, and mass incarceration in order to create healthy and just communities. They accomplish this through community organizing, leadership development, public education, direct services, participatory research and direct action.
YMPJ’s mission includes providing assistance to low-income immigrant communities in need of legal and social services to assist them with obtaining citizenship and becoming self-sufficient members of the Bronx community, in addition to organizing the community to act in ways that benefit their interests. YMPJ currently offers direct services to our community for individuals and families seeking entitlement benefits and/or immigration-related services.
Youth Represent ensures that young people affected by the criminal justice system are afforded every opportunity to reclaim lives of dignity, self-fulfillment, and engagement in their communities. They provide legal services, organize know your rights workshops, and actively work on policy reform.
RTTC seeks to create regional and national impacts in the fields of housing, human rights, urban land, community development, civic engagement, criminal justice, environmental justice, and more. They organize campaigns and produce research and policy reports.
TDD: 866-604-5350 *Assistance available in multiple languages
Rape and Sexual Assault Victims (Safe Horizon) - 212-227-3000
TDD: 866-604-5350 *Assistance available in multiple languages
Homeless Youth and Teen Victims (Safe Horizon) - 800-708-6600 *Assistance available in multiple languages
Elderly Crime Victims (NYC Department for the Aging Resource Center) 866-689-HELP (4357) or 212-442-3103 (9 AM - 5 PM only)
Child Abuse and Neglect Report Line (Administration for Children's Services) 800-342-3720 or 311
People affected with Mental Health and/or Substance Abuse Problems (NYC Well) 888-NYC-WELL (888-692-9355). Spanish: 888-692-9355, Korean, Mandarin, and Cantonese: 888-692-9355, TTY for hearing impaired: 711
People with Disabilities (Vulnerable Persons Central Register) - 855-373-2122, TTY: 1-855-373-2123 *Assistance available in multiple languages
People with Disabilities (Barrier Free Living) - 212-533-4358 (9 AM - 5 PM only)
Mentally and/or Physically Impaired People (NYC Adult Protective Services) 212-630-1853 (Mon - Fri, 9 AM - 5 PM only)
Immigrants, Regardless of Immigration Status (NYS Office for New Americans) 800-566-7636 * Assistance available in multiple languages (Mon - Fri, 9 AM -8 PM only)
Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, Queer, and HIV-Affected Individuals (New York City Anti-Violence Project) - 212-714-1141 *Spanish language services available
National Domestic Violence Hotline 800-799-SAFE (7233), TDD: 800-787-3224 * Assistance available in multiple languages
National Suicide Prevention Lifeline 800-273-TALK (8255), Spanish: 888-628-9454
Rape, Abuse & Incest National Network (RAINN) - 800-656-HOPE (4673) *Spanish language services available
National Child Abuse Hotline 800-422-4452
National Organization of Parents of Murdered Children - 888-818-POMC (7662)