Liberty Defense Project

Liberty Defense Project

New York State New Americans Hotline

Call: 1-800-566-7636

If you or someone you know is in need of free legal assistance, call the hotline at 1-800-566-7636. All call information is confidential. Assistance is available in 200+ languages.


Launched in 2017 under Governor Cuomo’s leadership, the first-in-the-nation Liberty Defense Project has provided more than 45,000 vital legal services to immigrants and communities in need —particularly those who have been targeted by federal immigration enforcement tactics, including those in Deferred Action for Early Childhood Arrivals (DACA) or Temporary Protected Status (TPS).

The Project is administered by the state's Office for New Americans and is run in partnership with law firms, legal associations, advocacy organizations, major colleges and universities, and bar associations.

The Liberty Defense Project provides:
• Free legal consultations and screenings for immigrants throughout New York State
• Direct representation to immigrants in deportation proceedings as well as other cases
• Help with filing immigration applications for naturalization, employment authorization, permanent residency, etc.
• Know Your Rights trainings for immigrants and community at large

If you are an attorney or legal professional interested in volunteering with the Liberty Defense Project, sign up to Donate Your Time.

Latest News

"If there is a move to deport immigrants, I say then start with me." - Governor Cuomo

We will ensure New York remains a beacon of hope and opportunity and will work to protect the rights of those seeking refuge in our state.

Email Updates

Sign up to receive email updates from the Governor's Office