Last updated October 30, 2020.
The City has invested nearly $50 million in immigration legal services so that immigrant New Yorkers have access to case representation, emergency planning (such as parental designations and standby guardianship planning), and more.
ActionNYC is for every immigrant New Yorker. It offers free, safe immigration legal help in a network of trusted community organizations and schools, and can help connect you to free, safe immigration legal help in your community.
It is important to meet with an immigration attorney to learn more about your options and rights in an encounter with federal immigration enforcement.
You must make an appointment to receive services. To make an appointment, call 800-354-0365 between 9AM-6PM, Monday - Friday or call 311 and say "ActionNYC."
If you are approached by federal immigration enforcement agents, such as ICE, be aware that you have rights. Download our fact sheet in multiple languages to learn more about what to do in an encounter with immigration enforcement.
If you are approached by federal immigration enforcement at your business or workplace, be aware that you have rights. View our video in multiple languages to learn more:
The Immigrant Defense Project has also developed materials on rights in encounters with federal immigration enforcement that we're sharing with the community:
For people looking for information after a loved one is detained by federal immigration enforcement, answers to frequently asked questions can be found in multiple languages from the New York Legal Assistance Group, Make the Road New York, and UnLocal.
Brooklyn Defender Services, the ACLU, WITNESS, and the Refugee and Immigrant Center for Education and Legal Services (RAICES) have developed the We Have Rights immigrant empowerment series made up of five short animated videos, four of them in seven languages, about what to do in the top four situations in which immigrants are confronted by ICE.
Know Your Rights (KYR) events are held across the city to help inform New Yorkers about their legal rights, including when interacting with federal immigration enforcement.
Particularly in moments of fear, immigrant communities are vulnerable to immigration legal services fraud. New Yorkers can avoid fraud from scammers and notarios by consulting trusted and qualified immigration legal services providers. City-funded providers are available through ActionNYC by calling the hotline at 800-354-0365.
For more information about avoiding fraud, please visit our page here.
Immigrant caregivers can appoint a "standby guardian" to take care of their child, in case they are separated from their child through immigration arrest, detention, or deportation.
A "standby guardian" is a person who is acts as a "backup" caregiver in case the primary caregiver is unable to take care of the child because they are arrested or detained by immigration authorities or deported. You can find help designating a "standby guardian" through ActionNYC by calling the hotline at 800-354-0365.
For more information about standby guardianship, please visit our Immigrant Caregivers page.