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

By Rommel H. Ojeda

Immigration cases of all kinds can be financially taxing and detrimental to the welfare of the individuals and families 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.  Below is a list of some 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 may not take walk-ins. Please see information below their names for additional details and to contact them directly.

What Does Pro Bono Mean?

“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.

Due to the high demand of individuals in need, some of the organizations may not be available to take your case at the moment.

Free Legal Services in New York, New York

Human Rights First

Human Rights First connects lawyers with detained and non-detained individuals seeking asylum before immigration courts in New York and New Jersey. 

75 Broad Street, 31st Floor NY, NY 10004 | (212) 845-5200 | (212) 845-5299

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

Contacts: Hamon Madi, Jacqueline Rojas, Lamise Abdel Rahman

Safe Passage Project

Safe Passage Project is a legal services organization that represents unaccompanied immigrant kids in removal proceedings. Individuals interested in their services can inquire in Spanish, and English. 

Email: | tel: 212 324 6558

Central American Legal Assistance (CALA)

CALA is a non-profit organization that specializes in offering services to non-detained asylum seekers from Central America. Their walk in hours are Mon-Fri from 9am to 3pm, and their services are available in Spanish. 

240 Hooper St. Brooklyn, NY 11211 | Tel: (718) 486-6800 | Fax: (718) 486-5287

Email: | website 

Catholic Charities Community Services

Catholic Charities is a non profit organization offering services for all types of removal cases for non-detained individuals. They offer interpretation in all languages. 

80 Maiden Lane, 13th Floor NY, NY 10038 | Tel: (212) 419-3700 | Fax: (212) 751-3197 

Email: |website

Immigration court helpdesk: | Tel: (315) 690-4831 

The Door

The Door is a non-profit organization that provides services to individuals between the ages of 12 and 24. They provide various services that range from mental health counseling, GED/HESC classes, and others.

121 Avenue of the Americas NY, NY 10013 | tel: (212) 941-9090

Email: | website

The Legal Aid Society

The Legal Aid Society is a non-profit organization that offers representation for detained and non-detained cases relating to criminal convictions and all forms of relief. The organization  collaborates with ICARE partners for children under 18 and in removal proceedings, and coordinates with the Juvenile Representation Project.

199 Water St. 3rd Floor NY, NY 10038 | (212) 577-3300 | website

Immigration Removal Hotline: (212) 577-3456 – Wed 1pm – 5pm

Immigration Detention Hotline: (212) 577-3456 – Wed & Fri 1pm – 5pm

(collect calls from detention facilities accepted)

New York Legal Assistance Group

NYLAG offers services to non-detained individuals living in the five boroughs of New York City. To access the services, those interested must call and leave a voice message or send an email with their full name, contact information, and their next court date. 

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

7 Hanover Square, 18th Floor NY, NY 1004 |tel:  (212) 613-5000 | fax: (212) 750-0820

Email: | website

Sanctuary for Families

Sanctuary for Families is a non-profit organization that represents survivors of domestic violence, sex trafficking, and other gender-based harm in all types of immigration cases. Their services are available in multiple languages and for individuals in the five boroughs of New York City. 

30 Wall Street, 8th Floor NY, NY 10005 | tel: (212) 349-6009 x 293| website

American Bar Association Detention and LOP Information Line

ABA offers services for detained respondents who are representing themselves in court and do not have a lawyer. To access the services from a detention center, dial 2150#

Email: | Website

Neighborhood Defender Service in Harlem

This non-profit organization serves Northern Manhattan residents (above 96th St.) with prior arrests or convictions. They provide services to detained and non-detained individuals with removal cases and affirmative applications. Individuals must call for intake. 

317 Lenox Avenue, 10th Floor NY, NY 10027 | tel: 212 876-5500 | website

Safe Horizon Immigration Law Project

Safe Horizon is a non-profit that provides representation to non-detained residents of New York City. They focus on representing survivors of crime, violence, abuse, trafficking and torture. Their staff is bilingual (ENG/SPA) with  access to interpreters for all other languages. 

50 Court St. 8th Floor Brooklyn, NY 11201 | tel: (718) 93-8632 fax: (718) 943-8646 | website

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