Immigration Defense

A CFR Home for Good Initiative:
Advocating for Non-Citizen Families

Resources for Families & Attorneys

In New York City, any immigrant can get free, safe legal help and other services through ActionNYC. Get more information online or by calling 311. ActionNYC is a partnership between the Mayor’s Office of Immigrant Affairs and the City University of New York.


Immigration Defense Project (IDP)
IDP “works to secure fairness and justice for immigrants in the United States.” The website is a great resource for families and attorneys; see other links below.


Know Your Rights with ICE
Information is available in 16 languages, including Spanish, Mandarin, Haitian Creole, and Arabic.


Criminal-Immigration Helpline
IDP offers criminal-immigration advice and support to immigrants and their loved ones.
Helpline: 212-725-6422
Fax: 800-391-5713
Email: [email protected]


Immigrants in Family Court


Language Access & Interpreters
ACS provides free telephone interpreting services through Language Line and in-person interpreting services through Geneva Worldwide. Clients who have questions about language access can send email to [email protected].


Emergency Planning


Applying for U.S. Citizenship (for lawful permanent residents who have a criminal history):


Support for Defense Attorneys


For Family Attorneys: How to Advise Immigrant Clients on ICE in the Courts