Welcoming Immigrants into Our Communities
Earlier this year, we witnessed a miracle. One of our clients had entered the United States as an unaccompanied minor. Having entered without proper documents, the child was placed in accelerated deportation proceedings. However, his mother was able to locate his estranged father, who was a lawful permanent resident living in Virginia. The father had not seen his son since 3 months of age. When he learned of his son's presence in the United States, he agreed to do anything to help him. The father underwent a DNA test and filed a petition for his son. Based on this evidence and a successful legal petition, the son recently received lawful immigration status.
Over the past 18 years, we have worked with thousands of clients, but we have never seen a more difficult and fearful environment for immigrants than this year.
As a result, we have seen more clients than ever before, with an open caseload of over 500 current cases. Since the start of this year, we have also done more “Know Your Rights" workshops, as well as general immigration forums for concerned citizens seeking ways to help, than in our entire history. Over 600 people have attended our events this year.
Our response to this dramatic increase in need has been to hire a new Assisting Attorney and to begin exploring how we can open a fifth clinic location in Connecticut. But we know we need to do more.
On this Giving Tuesday, your donation will help us continue to increase our capacity to serve the most vulnerable immigrants during this difficult time. To donate online, click this link and select "Justice For Our Neighbors (NYAC)" in the drop-down list "Direct Your Gift to One of These Causes."
Thank you for your support.