Preparing for Deferred Action: Special Training on Thursday, Jan. 29

The Manhattan Family Justice Center is hosting a special training on the recent executive actions on immigration. Please see details below.

Thursday, Jan. 29th 2-4 pm
Preparing for Deferred Action
Facilitated by the Mayor’s Office of Immigrant Affairs & NY Legal Assistance Group

Topics will include:

  • Deferred Action for Parental Accountability (DAPA)
  • Expanded Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA)
  • NYC response, city-wide resources and referral networks

Location:

NYC Family Justice Center, Manhattan
80 Centre Street, 5th Floor Training Room
New York, NY 10013

Please e-mail SarahF@fjcnyc.org ASAP to reserve a spot. Space is limited.

Chance to Fulfill Pro Bono Requirements – MinKwon Center Naturalization and DACA Renewal Clinics

The MinKwon Center will be hosting several Naturalization and DACA Renewal Clinics this fall and they have recently added some new clinic dates. The new clinic dates are indicated with asterisks below. These clinics are great opportunities to assist low-income community members with immigration law forms. Each clinic will be held at the MinKwon Center’s office in Flushing, Queens (a few blocks from the 7 train stop). 

No prior experience is necessary, and training will be provided on the day of each clinic. The Center keeps a log of all volunteer hours and they’re glad to certify your pro bono hours for the NY bar admission requirement. If you’re interested in volunteering, please read the following clinic descriptions and sign up using the links below:

Naturalization Clinics –

The Center will be helping eligible LPRs complete their applications to become naturalized U.S. citizens. They are searching for assistance from attorneys, students and interpreters. Korean and/or Chinese language ability is especially helpful. Please sign up here to join for a Naturalization Clinic on any of the following dates:

  • Friday, September 26
  • Friday, October 10*
  • Saturday, October 18*
  • Saturday, November 8*
  • Friday, November 21*
  • Friday, December 5*

DACA Renewal Clinics –

The Center will be helping undocumented youth complete their applications to renew their DACA status. Successful applicants will receive an additional two years of protection against deportation and renewed work permits. They are searching for assistance from attorneys, students and interpreters. No foreign language ability is required. Please sign up here to join for a DACA Renewal Clinic on any of the following dates:

  • Friday, September 12
  • Saturday, September 13
  • Friday, September 19
  • Friday, October 3*
  • Friday, October 17*
  • Friday, October 31*
  • Friday, November 7*
  • Friday, November 14*
  • Friday, December 12*
  • Friday, December 19*

Please see below the contact information of the MinKwon Center:

MinKwon Center for Community Action (formerly YKASEC)
136-19 41st Ave. 3rd Fl. Flushing, NY 11355
Tel.718.460.5600 ext. 204 | Fax.718.445.0032 

From NYIC: GOT DACA? IT’S TIME TO RENEW!

  • Everyone MUST renew!
  • Send during the 5th month before your DACA expires
  • Remember to use the NEW Form I-821D
  • Don’t forget the Form I-765 and Form I-765WS
  • Renewing your DACA will cost $465

WANT MORE INFORMATION?

Join the New York Immigration Coalition and the United States Citizenship and Immigration Services for an informational session in Manhattan!

When:

June 26th, 2014 – 6:00pm to 8:00pm

Where:

Community Church of New York

40 East 35th Street (between Madison and Park) New York, New York 10016

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Tuesday, June 17, 2014 

Contact: Yang Chen, Executive Director, (718) 228-7206

ASIAN AMERICAN BAR ASSOCIATION OF NEW YORK HELPS IMMIGRANT COMMUNITIES AS DEFERRED ACTION GUIDELINES ARE RENEWED

NEW YORK – June 17, 2014 – The Asian American Bar Association of New York (“AABANY”) is proud to announce that along with the MinKwon Center and the Korean American Lawyers Association of Greater New York (“KALAGNY”), we will be working to provide Asian American communities with free legal assistance in compliance with the renewed guidelines and application forms for Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (“DACA”) released by the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (“USCIS”).

Since 2012, DACA has provided temporary protection from deportation and temporary employment authorization for undocumented individuals who came to the United States before their 16th birthday, have continuously resided in the United States, and have met specific educational requirements. While not providing a direct path to citizenship, DACA provides temporary protection and allows these individuals to apply for a Social Security card. This protection expires in two years if not renewed.

Under new regulations and guidelines released on June 4th of this year, Form I-821d allows undocumented individuals to file a renewal application 150 days before their current DACA protection expires with an application fee of $465 to the Department of Homeland Security. AABANY encourages all applicants of DACA and DACA renewals to have their case reviewed by an immigration attorney or an attorney trained to provide DACA assistance. Our partnership with MinKwon Center and KALAGNY will allow DACA Renewal Clinics to begin immediately. Individuals requiring assistance should contact MinKwon Center directly at (718) 460-5600.

“AABANY is proud to be partnering with MinKwon on this important initiative,” says Executive Director Yang Chen. “Supporting our communities using our legal skills and knowledge is a vital part of what AABANY does. Working together with MinKwon and KALAGNY, AABANY will help to recruit lawyers and law students to assist those in our immigrant communities seeking work authorization and relief from deportation under DACA.”

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For more information, please contact Yang Chen, AABANY Executive Director, at (718) 228-7206, or direct any inquiries to main@aabany.org.

The Asian American Bar Association of New York is a professional membership organization of attorneys concerned with issues affecting the Asian Pacific American community.  Incorporated in 1989, AABANY seeks not only to encourage the professional growth of its members but also to advocate for the Asian Pacific American community as a whole.  AABANY is the New York regional affiliate of the National Asian Pacific American Bar Association (NAPABA).

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MinKwon Center’s Pro Bono DACA Renewal Clinics

Co-sponsored by the Korean American Lawyers Association of Greater New York (KALAGNY) and the Asian American Bar Association of New York (AABANY)
Help protect undocumented youth from deportation by renewing their DACA status.  Pro bono attorneys and volunteer law students conduct intake, legal screenings for relief eligibility, and help undocumented individuals maintain their employment authorization and “deferred action” status.  No prior experience necessary, training will be provided.  Clinic dates are on Fridays and Saturdays throughout the summer. CLE credits will be provided. 
 

This Land is Your Land, Too: Working Together for Immigrant New Yorkers

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The inaugural conference of the New York Immigrant Assistance Consortium

June 9th, 2014
8:30 a.m. – 6:30 p.m. 
 
Hosted by New York Law School
New York, New York
 
Sponsored by NYIC, ONA, DYCD, AILA-NY

Don’t miss our special plenary, moderated by NY1’s Pat Kiernan

Lunch Plenary: Where are we today? City, State, and Federal Perspectives.       

Panelists:

New York Secretary Of State Cesar Perales
NYC Commissioner for Immigrant Affairs Nisha Agarwal
US Executive Office for Immigration Review Director Juan Osuna
             USCIS NY District Director Phyllis Coven     
         

                              Click here to register.                        

Other panels include:

Anti-Immigration Fraud Efforts & Capacity
Moderated by: JoJo Annobil of the Legal Aid Society

Outreach and Organizing with Community Partners
Moderated by:Marika Dias of Make the Road New York
 
Ethical Challenges of Direct Services and Representation
Moderated by: C. Mario Russell of Catholic Charities of New York
 
Innovations in Outreach and Service Delivery through Technology
Moderated by: Mark O’Brien of ProBono Net
 
Communications, Media, Branding
Moderated by: Laz Benitez of the New York State Office for New Americans
 
Coordination of Pro Bono and Volunteer Efforts
Moderated by: Miriam Buhl of Weil, Gotshal and Manges LLP
 
National Perspectives on Legalization Planning and Implementation
Moderated by: Matthew Burnett of the Immigration Advocates Network
 
Private and Public Funding Partnerships
Moderated by: Christopher O’Malley of the IOLA Fund
 
Strategic Partnerships with Traditional and Non-Traditional Partners
Moderated by: Betsy Plum of the New York Immigration Coalition

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The purpose of this one-day conference is to advance the capacity of immigrant assistance provider organizations in New York that serve clients in an efficient, effective and coordinated manner. The conference will bring members of the Immigration community together to share their best practices and learn from current and prior experiences in immigration assistance efforts like DACA, as well as other mass assistance efforts like those following Hurricane Sandy and 9/11.

The registration fee of $55 covers admission to the conference. Admission includes a light breakfast, lunch, and an invitation to a cocktail reception following the final panel.

Please note that CLE credits will be provided.