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Alianza Dominicana Inc

Works with the Dominican community to help families break the cycle of poverty and fulfill their potential as members of the global community. Offers GED, ESL, citizenship, and computer training classes. (212) 740-1960

Arab-American Family Support Center

Provides comprehensive social services to Arab-American families and children and helps Arabic-speaking immigrants to adjust to a new culture; offers legal advice, help with citizenship and green card applications and Special Registration.
(718) 643-8000

Asian-American Legal Defense and Education Fund

Conducts free multilingual legal advice clinics for new immigrants and low-income Asian-Americans as well as education about their legal rights.
(212) 966-5932

Asociacion Tepeyac de New York

Works with the Mexican community. ESL classes, legal advice, ID cards, employment advice, computer classes and support groups.
(212) 633-7108

BOC Network – Refugee Microenterprise Development Project

Persons who desire to start or expand their own business in NYC and who can provide proof of their refugee/asylum status can get free expert advice from BOC’s trained multilingual counselors. This service has helped people with such businesses as stores, contracting, restaurants, fashion, import/export, internet, childcare, and more. (718) 624-9115.

Catholic Charities of New York

Assists immigrants and refugees with legal help, case processing, resettlement services, refugee reception, employment help, telephone hotline, information and referral for legal and undocumented aliens, individual case advocacy, general education emergency assistance, and outreach. Toll-Free Help Line (888) 744-7900

Chinese Progressive Association

Supports immigrant rights education, counseling and advocacy, English and citizenship classes, lead poisoning and environmental issues outreach, social activities, youth internship program. (212) 274-1891

Chinese-American Planning Council

It offers comprehensive and accessible benefits for low-income residents and non-English speaking immigrants in the primarily Chinese neighborhoods. Services include job training and placement; medical, housing, education and legal advice.
(212) 941-0030

Coalition for Asian American Children and Families

Only children’s advocacy organization for Asian-American community, serving children to age 22. Works with the East Asian, Southeast Asian, and South Asian communities, challenges stereotypes about Asian Americans, connects communities and policy makers, empowers parents to advocate for their children. Website provides directory of services targeted to Cambodian, Chinese, Filipino, Japanese, Korean, South Asian, Vietnamese persons. (212) 809-4675.

Haitian Americans United for Progress

Primarily serves the Haitian community but is open to all NYC residents. It offers information and referral services for immigration and other legal issues. It also offers ESL, citizenship, computer and literacy classes. It also offers many services including Medicaid service coordination, services for developmentally disabled children including respite care, afterschool programs, help with health insurance, parenting classes, health education.  (718) 527-3776.

Lutheran Social Services of Metropolitan NY

Undocumented residents (adult and youth) can come for resettlement assistance and cultural transitioning help. Asian Minors program helps unaccompanied youth from Asia and other areas find homes with relatives or sponsors. Holds support groups. Helps with green card. (212) 265-1826.

Union Settlement Association

Serves mostly East Harlem residents, offering free classes in ESL (English as a Second Language), GED (General Education Development), Basic Education in Spanish (reading and writing in Spanish for native speakers in preparation for continuing studies), Home Health Aide (a full-time program) and basic computers.

Office of Adult Education, 237 East 104th Street (212) 828-6000

Caribbean Women’s Health Association

provides legal, counseling, support, and educational services designed to foster family unification, assist immigrants in becoming American citizens, and help families access needed services, adjust to their environment, and resolve immigration problems. Multi-lingual, professional staff also work with CWHA’s social support programs to connect clients with housing, educational, entitlement, employment, family support, and health services. 718-826-2942

Haitian Centers Council, Inc.

Various locations serving the Haitian community. It offers services for immigration/refugee assistance and citizenship education.(718) 940-2200

Asian Americans for Equality

offers open access and computer literacy programs for adults and children–in English, Mandarin, Cantonese&Spanish. Free for kids, low-cost for adults. It also offers housing legal help, immigration and naturalization services, health care access, food stamps enrollment and benefits advice. (212) 979-8988; Queens: (347) 438-0062

Filipino American Human Services

Improves social conditions and enhances self-reliance on vulnerable segments of the Filipino-American community in NYC, particularly youth, women, recent immigrants, and the elderly. It offers youth development, case management, counseling, domestic violence prevention, health outreach. (718) 883-1295

African Cultural Center Inc.

Dedicated to offering artistic and educational programs of African culture for economically disadvantaged youth and providing immigrants with resources that will help them adjust to life in the U.S. 716.884.2013

Upwardly Global

an organization that brings highly qualified immigrants and progressive employers together. Jobseekers must be already permanent residents of the U.S. and work-authorized. Help is offered in resume writing, interviewing, and networking.401 Broadway (near Canal St.) Suite 800; (212) 219-8828.

Arab American Association of New York

Founded after 9/11, this agency provides services to members of this community including counseling, access to healthcare (for documented and undocumented persons), transportation and interpretation help, legal and immigration help, after-school tutoring and more. Although focusing its attention on Arab-Americans, no low-income or immigrant person will be turned away. 7111 Fifth Avenue, Brooklyn (718) 745-3523

Caribbean Immigrant Services

Information and referral on citizenship and legal issues, mental health, and social services. Open M-F 10-6 pm. 15905 Hillside Avenue, second floor, Jamaica, NY 11432; (718) 523-2861.


Puerto Rican Family Institute

PRFI is a not-for-profit, multi-program, family-oriented health and human services agency that provides culturally sensitive services to children, youth, adults, and families, and respects all individuals’ clinical, cultural and personal identities. PRFI offers a variety of programs, including mental health services and programs for children. Phone: 212.924.6320

Mayor’s Office of Immigrant Affairs (MOIA)

Helps immigrants find out which city services they can access, helps locate community groups with staff who speak their language; provides information about pending applications from U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services. Call 311

US Citizenship and Immigration Services

It provides information and helps on matters concerning immigration services and benefits. Download applications for green card lottery, visas, citizenship papers, sponsoring relatives and more. Site available in English and Spanish. Not part of the U.S. government.


Immigrants Rights and Services Manual

Complete guide to immigrant rights and policies for residents of New York City, published by the New York City Comptroller