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Pro-Bono Lawyers And Free Legal Immigration Services in New York

Immigration cases of all kinds can be financially taxing and detrimental to the welfare of the individuals involved. It is estimated that fees range between $370 and $12,000 depending on the nature of your case, often not including the costs of USCIS applications.  For this reason, we made this list of Pro-Bono Lawyers And Legal Immigration Services.

While it is not required for an individual to have legal representation, it is highly recommended.

All of the following organizations that provide pro-bono lawyers are non-profit, unless otherwise noted in parentheses next to their name. Referral Service implies that the case will be forwarded to an attorney/organization that can take the case. 

Please note: some organizations require appointments to see a pro-bono lawyer and do not take walkins. Please see information below their names to contact them directly.

Also read: What Happens If a Landlord Is Threatening With Evictions and Calling ICE? 

What does pro bono mean?

Thea easiest definition we found was from Investopedia: “Pro bono is short for the Latin phrase pro bono publico, which means “for the public good.” The term generally refers to services that are rendered by a professional for free or at a lower cost.”

Meaning that pro-bono lawyers will work for the “public good” for free or for an affordable cost

Pro-Bono Lawyers in Buffalo & Batavia, New York

The Legal Aid Society of Rochester, New York

One West Main Street, Suite 800 Rochester, NY 14614

Tel: (585) 232-4090 | Fax: (585) 232-2352 www.lasroc.org

• Asylum cases

• Specialty in Criminal Law

• We do not represent detained foreigners

Serving those who reside in: Allegany, Cattaraugus, Chautauqua, Genesee, Livingston, Monroe, Niagara, Ontario, Orleans, Seneca, Steuben, Wayne, Wyoming and Yates Counties

Languages: Spanish, French, Nepali 

American Bar Association Detention and LOP Information Line (Referral Service)

immcenter@americanbar.org

https://www.americanbar.org/groups/public_interest/immigration/who-we-are/contact-us/

• Pro se case assistance for detained respondents only

Erie County Bar Association Volunteer Lawyers Project 

438 Main Street, 7th Floor, Buffalo, NY 14202

Tel: (716) 847-0662 ext 301 (non-detained & women) Tel: (716) 847-0752 (men detained at BFDF)

• Representation is limited to low-income detainees in BFDF, and those that fall within our funding guidelines

Prisoners’ Legal Services of New York

41 State Street, Suite M112 Albany, NY 12207

Tel: (518) 694-8699 | Fax: (518) 694-4281 | www.plsny.org

14 Lafayette Square, Suite 510 Buffalo, NY 14203

Tel: (716) 844-8266 | Fax: (716) 854-1008 | www.plsny.org

• Represents detained and non-detained individuals

• Handles all types of immigration cases

• Criminal immigration expertise

Languages: Multilingual Staff

New York, New York

Catholic Charities Community Services, Archdiocese of New York 

80 Maiden Lane, 13th Floor New York, NY 10038

Tel: (212) 419-3700 | Fax: (212) 751-3197 |  www.catholiccharitiesny.org

• Non-detained cases only

• Removal defense including but not limited to asylum, VAWA, cancellation of removal, unaccompanied minors

Languages: Multilingual staff as well as access to interpreter services

Central American Legal Assistance (CALA)

240 Hooper Street Brooklyn, NY 11211

Tel: (718) 486-6800 | Fax: (718) 486-5287 | cala@igc.org www.centralamericanlegal.info

• Asylum seekers

Languages: Spanish

Migration Office of Catholic Charities, Diocese of Rockville Center

143 Shleigel Blvd Amityville, NY 11701

Tel: (631) 789-5210 | Fax: 6317895333 | www.Catholiccharities.cc

Languages: Spanish, Creole and Polish

Human Rights First **

75 Broad Street, Floor 31 New York, NY 10004

Tel: (212) 845-5200 | Fax: (212) 845-5299

• Detention hotline: (212) 629-6170 (2-5pm Mon-Fri)

• Contacts: Hamon Madi, Jacqueline Rojas, Lamise Abdel rahman

• Represent detained and non-detained individuals seeking asylum before the New York and New Jersey Immigration Courts

Catholic Migration Services

191 Joralemon Street, 4th Floor Brooklyn, NY 11201

Tel: (718) 236-3000 |  www.catholicmigration.org

• Non-detained cases only

Safe Horizon Immigration Law Project

50 Court Street, 8th floor Brooklyn, New York 11201

Tel: (718) 943-8632 | Fax: (718) 894-8646  www.safehorizon.org

• Represents survivors of domestic violence, abuse,

• Only provides representation to residents of New York City (the five boroughs)

Languages: Spanish and French

Safe Passage Project

185 West Broadway, New York, NY 10013

Tel: (212) 324-6558 or fill out this form

• Represents juveniles (people under the age of 21) who are facing removal proceedings.

• Covers the five boroughs of New York City and the two counties of Long Island.

City Bar Justice Center

42 West 44th Street New York, NY 10036

Tel: (212) 382-6710

• Must call to make appointment; no walk-in service

• Will appear at Federal Plaza and Varick St. Courts

• Limited to Asylum; and U, T or VAWA relief for survivors of violent crimes including: domestic violence, child abuse, sexual assaults, hate crimes or human trafficking

Language (s): Spanish, French

HIAS (New York)

411 Fifth Avenue, Suite 1006 New York, NY 10016

Tel: (212) 613-1341 | www.hias.org

• Intakes are done by phone on the first Friday of every month from 9:00 am-3: 00 pm. HIAS does not have walk-in hours. Please call to speak with an attorney.

• HIAS provides pro-bono lawyers and free legal representation for asylum applications and several other forms of immigration relief

Languages: Spanish and Russian; others via Interpretation Services

Neighborhood Defender Service of Harlem

317 Lenox Avenue, Suite 10 New York, NY 10027

(212) 876-5500 | www.ndsny.org

• Detained and non-detained cases, primarily those with criminal convictions

• Serving only Manhattan residents

• Walk-in hours the 2nd and 4th Wed of every month from 9 am-5pm (call to confirm days beforehand)

The Legal Aid Society

199 Water Street, 3rd Floor New York, NY 10038

Tel: (212) 577-3300 www.legal-aid.org

• Detained and non-detained cases

• Criminal convictions and all forms of relief

• Coordinates with Juvenile Representation Project, collaborates with ICARE partners for persons under 18 and in removal proceedings

• Immigration Removal Hotline open Wednesdays from 1 p.m. to 5 p.m. at (212) 577-3456

• Will appear at 26 Federal Plaza and Varick St. Courts

• Immigration Detention Hotline is open Wednesdays and Fridays from 1 to 5 p.m. (Collect calls accepted from detention facilities at (212) 577-3456.)

New York Legal Assistance Group

100 Pearl Street, 19th Floor, New York, NY 10004

Tel: (212) 613-5000 | Fax: (212) 750-0820 | IPUintake@nylag.org | nylag.org

No walk-ins, please make an appointment

• Leave a voicemail on Mondays between 9 am-3pm or email iintake@nylag.org. Include full name, contact information, and next court date. A case handler will respond within 2–4 weeks, but we cannot guarantee representation

• Non-detained only

• Serving the Bronx, Brooklyn, Manhattan, Queens, and Staten Island

Languages: Spanish, Mandarin, Russian, and others as needed

Sanctuary for Families

30 Wall Street, 8th floor

New York, NY 10005 | Tel: (212) 349-6009 x 293 | www.sanctuaryforfamilies.org

• Represents survivors of domestic violence, sex trafficking, and other gender-based harm in all types of immigration cases

• Servicing Bronx, Brooklyn, Manhattan, Queens, & Staten Island

Languages: Multilingual staff as well as access to interpreter services

The Door

121 Avenue of the Americas New York, NY 10013

Tel: (212)941-9090 | https://www.door.org

• Services limited to individuals between the ages of 12-24 years old.

Connecticut Immigrant Center Inc.

36 Mill Plain Road, Suite 208 Danbury, CT 06811

(203) 312-7689 |  info@cimmc.orgwww.cimmc.org

• Limited Pro Bono

• Gender-based asylum and domestic violence VAWA (Violence Against Women Act) matters

Languages: Spanish

American Bar Association Detention and LOP Information Line (Referral service)

immcenter@americanbar.org |

https://www.americanbar.org/groups/public_interest/immigration/who-we-are/contact-us/

• Pro se case assistance for detained respondents only

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Safe Horizon Immigration Law Project 

50 Court Street, 8th floor Brooklyn, New York 11201

Tel: (718) 943-8632 | Fax: (718) 894-8646 | www.safehorizon.org

• Represents survivors of domestic violence, abuse, persecution, torture, and other crimes

• Only provides pro-bono lawyers or affordable representation to residents of New York City (the five boroughs)

Languages: Spanish and French

Kids In Need of Defense (KIND) 

New York Office | 252 West 37th Street, Suite 1500W New York, NY 10018

Tel: (646) 677-9900 | infonewyork@supportkind.orgwww.supportkind.org

• Service Areas: Queens, Bronx, Kings, Richmond, New York, Suffolk, Nassau and Westchester Counties

Make an appointment: Call and leave your name and number. A member of our organization will call you.

Catholic Charities Community Services, Archdiocese of New York 

80 Maiden Lane, 13th Floor New York, NY 10038

Tel: (212) 419-3700 | Fax: (212) 751-3197 | www.catholiccharitiesny.org

Languages: Multilingual staff as well as access to interpreter services

The Legal Aid Society 

199 Water Street, 3rd Floor New York, NY 10038

Tel: (212) 577-3300 | www.legal-aid.org

• Coordinates with Juvenile Representation Project, collaborates with ICARE partners for persons under 18 and in removal proceedings

• Immigration Removal Hotline open Wednesdays from 1pm to 5pm at (212) 577-3456

Connecticut Immigrant Center Inc. 

36 Mill Plain Road, Suite 208 Danbury, CT 06811

(203) 312-7689 | info@cimmc.org | www.cimmc.org

• Limited Pro Bono

• Gender-based asylum and domestic violence VAWA (Violence Against Women Act) matters

Languages: Spanish

Prisoners’ Legal Services of New York

41 State Street, Suite M112 Albany, NY 12207

Tel: (518) 694-8699 | Fax: (518) 694-4281 | www.plsny.org

• Handles all types of immigration cases

• Criminal immigration expertise

Languages: Multilingual staff

American Bar Association Detention and LOP Information Line (Referral Service)

immcenter@americanbar.org

https://www.americanbar.org/groups/public_interest/immigration/who-we-are/contact-us/

• Pro se case assistance for detained respondents only

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