Legal Resources

Legal Resources

Image of calculator and a gavelIf you have immigration related questions, there are resources available at John Jay, CUNY, and from many nonprofit organizations that provide free or low cost, high-quality and confidential immigration law services.* Below is a list of some resources that are available to assist you.

Resources within CUNY

CUNY Citizenship Now provides free, high quality, and confidential immigration law services for CUNY students and other New Yorkers.

Resources at John Jay

John Jay College Wellness Center Legal Aid
The John Jay Wellness Center provides access to a lawyer from Legal Aid Society every Wednesday from 4-7 by appointment.

Legal Aid Society
The Legal Aid Society’s Immigration Unit provides free legal services. Fact Sheet on Immigration Executive Orders: English, Spanish, Chinese.

Latin American and Latina/o Studies Department, Room 8.63.00 NB
The professors below can assist you in accessing the right legal support for your particular situation.
Professor Isabel Martínez |
Professor José Luis Morín |

Legal Relief

An estimated 15-18% of DACA-mented individuals qualify for another sort of legal relief or way to remain in the country legally. Non-DACA individuals including both students and their family members also have options of which they may not be aware.

Immigration Screenings at John Jay
Dr. Martinez (Dept of Latin American and Latina/o Studies) arranges immigration screenings on and off campus for students and families periodically. Please contact her at if you’re interested.

Long-Term Immigration Remedies Every Undocumented Young Person Should Know about (E4FC Guide)
The guide will familiarize you with the six common immigration remedies.

E4FC DREAMer Intake Service
When you’re ready, you can take E4FC’s free, confidential, online screening tool. You can expect the results (legal memo) of the screening in 2–4 weeks. Once you receive your legal memo, you can take it to a local community legal service provider or immigration attorney to explore potential immigration options. Note that the wait for online screening results is longer than an in-person screening.

Other Legal Resources

NYU School of Law Teach-In and Know Your Rights Presentations
A deeply informative series of presentations ensuring that you know your rights in the event of a raid, detention and deportation proceedings, or police encounter. It also includes ways to prepare for the new presidential administration if you have a criminal record, have DACA, are undocumented, and more.

New York State Office of New Americans
New York Governor Andrew M. Cuomo established the Office for New Americans (ONA) to assist newcomers to New York State who are eager to contribute to our economy and become part of the family of New York State.

New York State Office of New Americans Immigration Hotline; 1-800-566-7636
The New Americans hotline is a toll-free, multi-lingual hotline. The hotline provides live assistance in more than 200 languages. Anyone can call the hotline for information and referrals, regardless of citizenship or documented status. Calls to the hotline are confidential and anonymous.

Catholic Charities Immigration Legal Services
Catholic Charities provides legal consultations, representation and assistance to documented and undocumented newcomers of all nationalities, ethnicities and religions. All matters are treated professionally and confidentially.

United We Dream
United We Dream, the largest immigrant youth-led organization in the nation, organizes and advocates on behalf of immigrant youth and families, regardless of immigration status.

Immigrant Defense Project 
IDP’s services include legal advice, impact litigation, legal training, post-conviction relief, Padilla support center, defender support, advocacy, and community defense. For free legal helpline call 212-725-6422.

New York Immigration Coalition 
The New York Immigration Coalition organizes and advocates on behalf of immigrants.

To Report Hate Crimes

Governor Cuomo's Hate Crimes Reporting Hotline: 1-888-392-3644
New York City’s Hate Crimes Task Force: 1-646-610-5267

*Please beware of fraudulent and deceptive practices by persons posing to be lawyers, such as those claiming to be “notarios.” When in doubt about a person or organization's legitimacy, check with a knowledgeable and reputable source, such as one above, before you proceed.