Our Services

We help clients in a variety of immigration-related cases.

Legal Services

Our New York Justice for Our Neighbors (NY JFON) attorneys explain to clients how the complicated immigration laws of the United States affect them. If a client is eligible for relief, our attorney will so advise. If a client learns that s/he is not eligible to legalize, s/he is less likely to fall victim to immigration fraud (eg., When an unscrupulous attorney or notario promises to get an immigrant a visa in exchange for a large fee).

Men, women and children flee their country of origin for many reasons, including being persecuted because of their race, religion, political opinion, or gender. NY JFON attorneys represent such asylum-seekers to ensure that they will not be forced to return to a country where they will surely face persecution, torture or death.

The U Visa was created by Congress to encourage undocumented victims of serious crimes (like domestic violence, rape and incest) to come forward to report crimes without the fear of deportation. Among other tasks, NY JFON attorneys walk with these vulnerable victims through the process of securing a “law enforcement certification” to prove that the victim was helpful to the police.

Under VAWA, an abused spouse, parent or child of a US citizen or green card holder may apply for a Green Card without the abuser’s knowledge, which allows the victim to seek both safety and lawful status, independently from the abuser.

Naturalizing is the process by which a lawful permanent resident (Green Card holder) applies for US citizenship. It is an expensive and rigorous process through which NY JFON attorneys expertly guide clients by providing study guides for the English and US civics tests and interview preparation.

These time-consuming and work-intensive court cases involve defending immigrants from deportation. One such defense is called Cancellation of Removal, which requires that the immigrant prove s/he has been living in the US for at least 10 years, has good moral character, and whose US citizen spouse, parent or child would suffer “extreme hardship” if s/he was deported.

Immigrants who entered the US as children and have graduated from a US high school, among other requirements, may apply for a two-year work permit. It is called Deferred Action, because if the case is approved, the government has decided to defer or postpone the immigrant’s deportation. Approved DACAs are eligible to apply for social security numbers and in some states, driver licenses.

This is a two-step process. First, the family member with legal status files a Family Petition for his or her immigrant family member. Only spouses, parents, or adult children can apply for certain family members. Once the Family Petition is approved, the immigrant may apply for an Immigrant Visa or Green Card.

This is a form of relief for unaccompanied immigrant children who have been abused, neglected or abandoned by one or both of their parents. This multi-step case requires up to four distinct matters: 1) the family court case, where the child must prove that she has been abused, neglected or abandoned, 2) filing the SIJ petition with the Immigration Service, 3) filing the Immigrant Visa or Green Card once the SIJ has been approved, and 4) removal defense in Immigration Court.

Education

Education is a key component to our program. In keeping with this objective, we offer “Know Your Rights” workshops in new locations for large groups of immigrants who are seeking information. We also offer training for those in leadership positions in the church who want to learn how to educate both their own church congregations and undocumented immigrants about immigrant rights and the complex legalization process.

By partnering with local churches and engaging volunteers in ministry, we work against racism and discrimination by enabling citizens to interact meaningfully with undocumented immigrants. Such interaction is able to cut through the rhetoric surrounding the immigration debate and helps to dispel some of the misconceptions Americans may have about undocumented immigrants by putting a human face to the issues. These volunteers are then more likely to speak on behalf of creating an immigration system that is more just and humane, that keeps families together and protects the rights of each person.