The Legal Aid Society and the Brooklyn Community Foundation announced a $20,000 grant to support the Society’s legal efforts serving immigrant New Yorkers. Specifically, the funding will bolster the following initiative administered by Legal Aid’s Immigration Law Unit:
- Removal Defense Project: provides comprehensive screenings, advice and direct representation to low-income New Yorkers in removal proceedings.
- Immigrant Youth Project: provides comprehensive screening, advice and direct representation, to undocumented immigrant youth and adults with children facing removal proceedings.
- Affirmative Benefits Project: provides comprehensive screenings, advice, and direct representations in affirmative immigration benefit matters to low-income citizens and non-citizens through outreach at twelve nine community-based organizations located throughout the City.
“In these times, it’s crucial that immigrant New Yorkers have easy access to comprehensive legal services to seek a broad range of immigration relief,” said Hasan Shafiqullah, Attorney-In-Charge of the Immigration Law Unit at The Legal Aid Society. “Our array of immigrant legal services has helped kept families united and communities whole. The Legal Aid Society is grateful for the generous support from the Brooklyn Community Foundation to strengthen those efforts.”
“Through Our Immigrant Rights Fund, we are committed to leading a united response for Brooklyn’s communities in the face of deeply unjust policies changes at the federal level. Nearly 40% of Brooklyn’s residents are immigrants; immigrant families are the backbone of our borough and a source of vibrancy and growth for our neighborhoods. We are proud to partner with and support the lifesaving work of the Legal Aid Society in this moment when their work is more critical than ever before,” said Cecilia Clarke, President & CEO of the Brooklyn Community Foundation.