Our March pro bono clinic got some coverage on Chinese TV. Here is a translation of the article that goes with the video. Thanks to GSPI Committee Co-Chair Thalia Huang for the translation.
For more information about the monthly pro bono clinic, contact our Pro Bono Committee Co-Chairs Sam Lui, Ariana Pabalan and Pauline Yeung-Ha (email addresses in the link).
Chinatown Community Welcomes Groups Providing Free Legal Consultations
March 10, 2017
In New York City, due to language and cultural barriers, many immigrants have questions about US laws. Several legal organizations in the city have started to cooperate with the community organizations to provide legal assistance. One such instance occurred yesterday night as the pro bono legal clinic in Chinatown attracted many participants.
The Executive Director of the Chinese Chamber of Commerce of NY (“CCCNY”), Justin Chin-Shan Yu, said: “[The level of interest] shows that Asian really need legal assistance, which includes legal questions about immigration, family, housing, and benefits. The Asian American Bar Association of New York (“AABANY”) can provide bilingual lawyers to answer questions.”
At the legal clinic, ten lawyers of different specializations answered the communities’ questions in Cantonese, Mandarin, and English.
Samuel W. Lui from AABANY said that: “It shows that the community really needs help. They just need some simple and clear legal assistance and advice.”
Many people from the Asian community have concerns about Trump’s new immigration policy and came to consult lawyers.
Samuel W. Lui from AABANY said: “A lot of times clients just need to have a better idea about their rights and benefits. They have many questions, especially under the current immigration policy. Such an event is very important for the community.”
In order to satisfy the needs of the community, CCCNY and AABANY will partner to hold a workshop to explain the new immigration policy and provide free legal consultation on April 17, from 6 pm to 9 pm at the Confucius Plaza in Chinatown. [NOTE: AABANY’s understanding is that this event is going to be a community forum to provide information, not free legal consultation.]
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