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Resources for DACA Recipients in New York City: Legal Resources & Renewing Your DACA

Resources for DACA recipients and DREAMers

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DACA is still in effect. 

You can still renew, but Covid-19 has halted some processes. Find out more below: 

 

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New York, NY 10011

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Know Your Rights!

  1. You are not required to speak to ICE agents if you are approached by them, inside or outside of your home. You may indicate that you wish to remain silent. 
    • If asked, you do not have to answer any questions concerning where you were born or how you entered the country.
  2. Without a warrant signed by a judge, immigration enforcement agents cannot enter your home without your consent. 
    • If ICE has a warrant, you may ask for it to be slid under your door so you may view it. Check for a judges signature, indicated by the titles "Honorable"/"Hon.", "Magistrate", "Judge", or "Justice".
  3. You may carry a "Know Your Rights card" as provided by the National Immigration Law Center and found on this page. (To print this card, click on the image and press CTRL+P on your keyboard).
  4. In some cases, ICE may ask you sign documents. Before you sign anything, speak to a lawyer to ensure you understand everything you are signing to. 
  5. Always carry immigration documents with you. Do NOT carry foreign documents such as passports as these may be used against you in any legal processes. 
  6. If you have children or are the primary caregiver of another person and are concerned you are being arrested by ICE, alert the officers that you are a primary caregiver. They may "exercise discretion" and release you. 

New York City Immigration Legal Resources

For Dreamers and DACA recipients, as well as other undocumented immigrants, in New York City there are many resources to help with legal responsibilities and challenges. 

For assistance and information regarding legal procedures and immigration, please refer to the the following NYC-based resources:

  • The official website of NYC is an invaluable source of information. At this website, or by dialing 311 and requesting "ActionNYC", you can get referrals to lawyers or legal assistance.
  • The New York City Bar Legal Referral Service offers referrals to lawyers with relevant experience to your situation.  If you prefer to contact them by phone they are available Monday-Friday* 8:30AM-5:30PM EST at (212) 626-7373 or en español (212) 626-7374. *Closed on National Holidays.
  • The Legal Aid Society is a legal advocacy group that aims to provide justice for all New Yorkers. 
  • LawHelp is an online resource for legal information for those who cannot afford an attorney. 
  • New York Immigration Coalition is an advocacy group that aims to help and empower immigrants. In addition to social justice work, they also provide a variety of resources such as low-cost legal services, and information on immigrant rights. 
  • Make the Road New York offers legal assistance at their community centers. Each center may offer different services so check their website or call ahead to see if that location is best for you. 
    • Bushwick, Brooklyn: (718) 418-7690
    • Jackson Heights, Queens: (718) 565-8500
    • Port Richmond, Staten Island: (718) 727-1222
    • Brentwood, Long Island: (631) 231-2220
    • White Plains, Westchester: (914) 948-8466

Apps

We know that navigating immigration and legal information can be a headache, so we've compiled more user-friendly resources that are accessible via a smartphone 

References

FWD. (n.d.). Supporting DACA Team Members: A Guide for Employers. Retrieved from https://www.fwd.us/news/daca-employer-guide/

GoFundMe. (n.d.). Help DACA Recipients Renew Their Applications. Retrieved from https://www.gofundme.com/cause/protect-daca

Hernandez, Ivan. (n.d.). How to fill out your own DACA renewal: Step by step, in Spanglish. [Video]. SubSplash. https://subsplash.com/dacascholars/lb/mi/+q3wf9fd

Informed Immigrant. (n.d.). Find a Service Organization Near You. Retrieved from https://www.informedimmigrant.com/service-organization-search/

Informed Immigrant. (n.d.). Find a DACA Renewal Clinic Near You. Retrieved from https://www.informedimmigrant.com/daca-clinics/

LawHelp. (n.d.). DACA. Retrieved from https://www.lawhelpny.org/issues/immigrationimmigrants/deferred-action-for-childhood-arrivals-daca

The Legal Aid Society. (n.d.). Help with Immigration & Deportation. Retrieved from https://www.legalaidnyc.org/get-help/immigration-deportation/ 

Liv, Jen. (Photographer). (2016, November 30). Untitled [digital image]. The New York Times. Retrieved from https://www.nytimes.com./2016/11/30/opinion/the-truth-about-young-immigrants-and-daca.html

Make the Road NY. (n.d.). Services. Retrieved from https://maketheroadny.org/services-info/

Make the Road NY. (n.d.). Legal Services. Retrieved from https://maketheroadny.org/program/legal-services/

National Immigration Law Center. (n.d.). Know Your Rights Pocket Card. Retrieved from https://www.nilc.org/wp-content/uploads/2016/12/rights-card.png

New York City Bar Association. (n.d.). Need a Lawyer? Request an Attorney: NYC Bar Legal Referral Service. Retrieved from https://www.nycbar.org/get-legal-help/our-services/request-a-lawyer/

NYC311. (n.d.). Legal Assistance. Retrieved from https://portal.311.nyc.gov/article/?kanumber=KA-01040

NYIC. (2020, March 26). Immigration Advocacy, Immigration Education - NYC, Long Island, New York State: New York Immigration Coalition. Retrieved from https://www.nyic.org/

United We Dream. (n.d.). List of Mexican Consulates. Retrieved from https://unitedwedream.org/list-of-mexican-consulates/

Voto Latino, & Fast Action. (n.d.). Undocu Neighbor Fund Application Start. Retrieved from https://secure.everyaction.com/pGFxS3vgjEKmqUyK126b1w2

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Know Your Rights Pocket Card!

Provided by the National Immigration Law Center

Applying for & Renewing Your DACA

Renewing your DACA can be a legal and financial burden.

The following resources offer the names and contacts for legal assistance related to renewing DACA:

  • Informed Immigrant's search tool allows you to search nearby service organizations and filter for "Legal Help". 
  • Make the Road NY also offers legal assistance at their various locations throughout New York City, Long Island, and Westchester. NOTE: Each location may offer different services. Call ahead or check their website to see which location is best for you. 

 

Paying to renew your DACA may be a serious challenge all on its own. Luckily, there are a couple ways you can go about find that money. 

  • Find and attend a renewal clinic. These low-cost, or even free, events will help you plan out your application and help you find ways to pay the fees involved. 
  • Start a GoFundMe. As part of their Protect DACA initiative, GoFundMe is helping DACA recipients pay for their applications. 
  • Speak to your employer, or if you are a college student, talk to your Diversity & Inclusion staff on campus.   
  • If you belong to a faith group, reach out to other members or leaders for help.
  • Apply to the Voto Latino Undocu Neighbor Fund. This group may be able to connect you with pro bono legal work.

 

NOTE: If you are a DACA recipient of Mexican origin, your consulate may offer you important legal and financial assistance. You can find a list of Mexican consulates here, or call 855-463-6395.

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