Liberty Defense Project

TOP 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.


In New York, we support the rights of and stand with immigrants faced with deportation so that every New Yorker has access to the full protections afforded under the law.

With the Liberty Defense Project, New York State has launched the first-in-the-nation, state-led public-private project to assist immigrants, regardless of status, in obtaining access to legal services and process. Governor Cuomo continues our legacy of protecting the rights and freedoms of all New Yorkers.

The Liberty Defense 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.

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"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.

"We Are All Immigrants" Initiative

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.

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