NEW YORK’S UNWAVERING SUPPORT OF IMMIGRANTS
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.
A new program will provide free legal services, immigration clinics, know-your-rights seminars and other services at consulates and religious institutions in New York City.
The FY 2020 Enacted Budget includes $10 million to support the expansion of the first-in-the-nation Liberty Defense Project.
19 experienced, dedicated immigration attorneys will serve as full-time legal counsels in all regions of the state to provide free services to immigrants that need assistance.
"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.
Governor Cuomo launches a hotline to report relatives or friends believed to be passengers on flights coming into NY, but are believed to be detained.
Governor Cuomo creates a State Police unit to investigate reports of hate crimes, an expansion of NY's human rights law and a legal defense fund for immigrants.
We support the success of immigrants in New York. Immigrants are at the heart of our state's rich civic and social diversity. Hate crimes and discrimination will not be tolerated.