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Mount Sinai Medical-Legal Partnership

msmlp-logoMSMLP Website
(929) 356-9586 from 9am to 5pm Monday to Friday.
The Mount Sinai Medical-Legal Partnership (MSMLP) arranges for free legal services to the Mount Sinai Health System’s most vulnerable and needy patients to prevent and remedy the legal and social issues that often contribute to poor health.
Mount Sinai integrates lawyers into the health care team to address unmet legal needs that may be affecting a patient’s health. The most common cases relate to income maintenance, housing, education and employment, legal status, and personal and family stability.
If you are a patient at the Mount Sinai Health System, please call MSMLP at (929) 356-9586 to do a self-referral and get free legal services.

Child Support Services (Financial Support by Non Custodial Parent)

nygov-logoChild Support Services Program
Local Offices (by county)
888-208-4485 (Monday–Friday, 8:00 AM–7:00 PM.)
Child support is financial support provided by the noncustodial parent. Any parent, guardian, caretaker of a child, or child who needs support can apply for child support services.
The Child Support Program offers the following services:
-Location of the non-custodial parent
-Establishment of paternity
-Help a custodial parent file a petition in Family Court for an order of support
-Directs the noncustodial parent to pay child support to the Support Collection Unit (SCU)
-Enforcement of payments by non-custodial parent
To learn about what information is needed to open a case go to the NYS Custodial Parent Information page. If you need help, call the hotline at 888-208-4485 Monday-Friday from 8:00 AM to 7:00 PM. For more information visit
You may be eligible to pay an annual charge for child support services. Find if you should pay this fee by visiting the Annual Service Fee Questions and Answers page.
Updated on December 5, 2020

Advocates for Children of New York (Support to Get Special Education Services/Litigation)

afc-removebg-previewAdvocates for Children
151 West 30th Street, 5th Floor, New York, NY 10001
Education Helpline (866) 427-6033 from 10:00 AM to 4:00 PM, Monday through Thursday
Advocates for Children of New York (AFC) offers NYC families education assistance in a number of different ways. The organization:
–Provides free advice (and sometimes legal representation) for families of students who are struggling or experiencing discrimination in school
—Offers free training and workshops so parents can advocate effectively on behalf of their children
–Litigates for improvements in NYC’s education system
–Provides protection for the most vulnerable students, such as those who are disabled, disadvantaged, minority or low income, so they too can enjoy a quality education
All of AFC’s projects involve special education advocacy to some extent, as they target specific populations that tend to include a disproportionate share of students with disabilities.
AFC serves New York City students from birth through age 26, focusing on students from low-income backgrounds who are struggling in school or experiencing school discrimination of any kind.

The Legal Aid Society

legalaidnyc-logoThe Legal Aid NYC
Access to Benefits Helpline 1 (888) 663-6880
Tuesdays, Wednesdsay & Thursdays 9:30AM to 12:30PM. Interpreters are available for all languages
Office Locations


COVID-19 Update: During this unprecedented health emergency created by the outbreak of COVID-19, The Legal Aid Society is committed to continuing to serve their clients. The organization has diligently compiled COVID-19-related topics of concerns, phone numbers to reach out and more on this site.

The Access to Benefits Helpline is a ‘one-stop’ resource for New Yorkers in need of legal assistance. The Legal Aid assist individuals with their health law/ Medicaid issues, problems with public assistance/ food stamps, special education, and employment/ unemployment benefits matters. They also assist callers interested in sealing their criminal convictions.
The Helpline staff and volunteers are able to provide direct assistance and/or referrals in matters related to employment issues and unemployment insurance benefits, public health insurance, including Medicaid, public assistance, including food stamps, and other health and safety net benefits and education law/special education issues.
More information on this handout.
Other services: Legal Aid Society offers representation for a wide array of concerns including housing, family law, juvenile rights, criminal defense, employment, workers’ right, survivors of domestic violence and human trafficking, and more. Visit for more information.

Legal Services NYC

Legal Services NYC
917-661-4500 (Monday through Friday from 930am to 4pm)
Find a Legal Services NYC Office
LawHelp NYC (for online information about free legal services)
Legal Services NYC advocates are able to assist with matters related to public benefits, health law, eviction defense and illegal lockouts, emergency repairs, employment law, tax, disability, foreclosure prevention and Cares Act mortgage relief assistance, commercial lease assistance, education, special education, immigration, and family law.
LSNYC can, in some circumstances, help discharge debt, consolidate loans, or get clients into an income-based repayment plan.
Remember, services are free. LSNYC will never charge its clients for legal representation.
How to Apply
— The Legal Assistance Hotline is open Monday through Friday from 9:30 am to 4 pm to direct you to free legal help. Call 917-661-4500 to speak to an intake officer in any language.
— Press (#1 English) (#2 Spanish/Español) (#3 Russian/русский) (#4 Mandarin/简化字) (#5 Haitian Creole/Kreyòl Ayisyen) (#6 French/Français) (#7 Arabic/عربى) (#8 Bengali/বাঙালি) (#9 Hindi/Urdu हिन्दी/اردو)

Los defensores de Legal Services NYC tienen la capacidad para ayudarte con asuntos como: beneficios públicos, ley de salud, defensa de desalojo y desalojo ilegales, reparaciones de emergencia, ley de empleo, impuestos, discapacidad, prevención de ejecuciones hipotecarias y asistencia de alivio hipotecario bajo de la ley Cares Act; asistencia de arrendamiento comercial, Capítulo 11 de bancarrota por COVID-19, educación, educación especial, inmigración y derechos de familia.
LSNYC puede en algunas circunstancias ayudar con el pago de deudas, consolidar prestamos, o ayudar a queue los cientes accedan un plan de pago en base a bajos ingresos.
Recuerde, los serviciios son gratuitos. LSNYC nunca cobrará a sus clientes por representación legal.
Cómo Aplicar
— La línea gratuita de Legal Assistance esta abierta de lunes a viernes de 9:30 am a 4 pm para ayuda directa con un consejero legal. Llame al para hablar con un agente de admisión en cualquier idioma.
— Presione (#1 para inglés) (#2 para Español) (#3 para ruso/русский) (#4 para mandarín/简化字) (#5 para haitiano criollo/Kreyòl Ayisyen) (#6 para francés/Français) (#7 para árabe/عربى) (#8 para bengal/বাঙালি) (#9 para hindú/urdu हिन्दी/اردو)
Updated on September 22, 2022

Her Justice

her_justice_logoHER JUSTICE
100 Broadway, 10th Floor, New York, NY 10005
(212) 695-3800 (not a hotline)
Her Justice serves New York City women living in poverty with high-stakes legal needs. 

  • Legal information, advice, and referrals
  • Brief services (for example, drafting documents required by courts)
  • Volunteer attorney representation in court free of charge

Areas HER JUSTICE cover

  • Family Court issues, including orders of protection, custody, and visitation, and child and spousal support
  • Divorce
    • Contested (litigated) divorces
    • Uncontested (non-litigated) divorces
    • Marital debt project (for divorcing clients only)
  • Immigration self-petitions, battered spouse waivers and U-Non-Immigrant-Status petitions under the Violence Against Women Act (VAWA)

More Information
Visit the link “Legal Information Guides” at to help you decide when you need to go to Family or Supreme Court without an attorney. These guides can answer common questions about divorce, spousal support, orders of protection, child custody and visitation, and child support. Otherwise call (212) 695-3800.

Sanctuary for Families

Sanctuary_for_families-removebg-previewPO Box 1406, Wall Street Station, New York, NY 10268
(212) 349–6009

Coronavirus update: Services remain available. If you are in need of support, please call 212-349-6009 between 9 am and 5pm, Monday through Friday. A staff member will return your call if you are asked to leave a voicemail.
In an effort to protect our staff and community, many of our services are now being handled remotely and the Family Justice Centers are closed.

Sanctuary for Families has a legal team that can help survivors of gender violence and this can be cases of domestic violence, forced marriage, trafficking survivors, immigrant adults and children, and any violence to a member of the LGBTQ community. Sanctuary for Families has shelters, career, and technology training, and free legal services.
Locate their offices’ adressesand phone numbers in each borough.
For more information call 212-349-6009 or send an e-mail to

Sanctuary for Families tiene un equipo de abogados que ayudan a sobrevivientes de violencia de género. Esto incluye casos de violencia doméstica, matrimonios forzados, tráfico humano, inmigración de niños y adultos y violencia hacia miembros de la comunidad LGBTQ.
Sanctuary for Families también tiene centros de refugios, programa de entrenamiento para obtener empleo, y servicios legales gratis. Ubica las direcciones y teléfonos en todos los condados de Nueva York.
Actualización durante el Coronavirus: Los servicios de Sanctuary for Families están disponibles. Si estás en busca de apoyo, por favor llama al 212-349-6009 entre las 9 am y 5pm, de lunes a viernes. Un miembro del equipo devolverá la llamada después de que deje un mensaje de voz.
En un esfuerzo para proteger el personal de la oficina y la comunidad, muchos de los servicios están siendo manejados remotamente mientras los centro de Family Justice están cerrados.


Urban Justice Center


Urban Justice Center
Main office
40 Rector St., 9th FL, New York, NY 10006
(646) 602-5600
The Urban Justice Center has legal services for survivors of domestic violence and their children, refugees and displaced people, homeless or street-involved LGBTQ youth, veterans, and many more people in need of legal help.
UJC has different 11 programs to serve the specific needs of the community. Their programs are:



DVP protects the rights of domestic violence survivors to allow for a self-determined and safe future.
HRP promotes recognition and implementation of the full spectrum of human rights in the United States.
MHP advocates for low-income New Yorkers living with serious mental health concerns.
PCYP provides legal representation to youth experiencing homelessness in NYC, with a focus on the needs of LGBTQ youth. Please contact us to make an appointment.
The Safety Net Project advocates for safe and secure housing and fundamental resources like food and cash assistance for underserved and marginalized communities in New York City. We combine legal services, policy advocacy, new media campaigns, and community organizing to advance the movement for economic justice.
SWP provides legal and social services, and engages in advocacy, education, research and organizing to promote and protect the human rights of sex workers and survivors of human trafficking.
Asylum Connect provides the first and only resource website and app for LGBTQ asylum. Use Asylum Connect’s free website and app to find verified safe LGBTQ-and immigrant-friendly services near you.
The Brave House is developing a community space for immigrant girls, ages 16-21, providing legal, mental health, and holistic services to survivors of gender-based violence.
CAAI advocates for the fair and equal treatment of college athletes by facilitating legal services and coordinating advocacy campaigns to combat exploitation in the multibillion-dollar college sports industry.
PoP is a solution to the violence, crime and cycle of criminal justice involvement plaguing youth ages 14 to 18 years old in the Bronx, NY.
SURVEILLANCE TECHNOLOGY OVERSIGHT PROJECT S.T.O.P. litigates and advocates for the privacy, fighting excessive local and state-level surveillance. Our work highlights the discriminatory impact of surveillance on Muslim Americans, immigrants, and communities of color. S.T.O.P. is one of just five organizations selected for UJCs 2019-2020 Social Justice Accelerator

For contact information click HEREVisit their website for more information by clicking HERE.

La oficina de Urban Justice Center tiene servicios legales para sobrevivientes de violencia doméstica, personas refugiadas y desplazadas, personas indigentes, jóvenes LGBTQ, veteranos, entre otros.
Para contactarlos oprima AQUI. Visite la página de internet de Urban Justice Center para más información.


Make the Road New York


Make The Road NY
Main office
301 Grove Street, Brooklyn, New York 11237
(718) 418-7690
See all offices addresses here.


Make the Road NY helps people with legal services in the areas of immigration, housing, employment, and benefits as well as support for the TGNCIQ community.
Additionally, MTRNY offer adult education classes, youth training and college access assistance, health insurance enrollment, medical debt reduction assistance, nutrition support, and a food pantry.
Find their offices in Bushwick (Brooklyn), Jackson Heights (Queens), Port Richmond (Staten Island), Brentwood (Long Island), and White Plains (Westchester).
To find out about other services that Make The Road has please click HERE.

La oficina Make The Road NY ofrece servicios legales en las areas de inmigración, vivienda, empleo y beneficios gubernamentales al igual que apoyo a la comunidad TGNCIQ.
Adicionalmente, Make the Road ofrece clases de formación de adultos, entrenamiento para jóvenes, inscripción a seguros de salud, asistencia para la reducción de deudas médicas, apoyo nutricional y despensa de comida.
Make the Road NY tiene oficinas en Bushwick (Brooklyn), Jackson Heights (Queens), Port Richmond (Staten Island), Brentwood (Long Island), y White Plains (Westchester).
Para saber acerca de más servicios que Make The Road New York ofrece oprima AQUI.

Updated on November 11, 2020


Birth Certificates

125 Worth Street, Room 144, New York, NY 10013
*Due to the outbreak of coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19), the office location is closed until further notice*
The NYC Health Department has birth records for anyone born in the city.
If you are the parent of a newborn the Health Department will mail a birth certificate about a month after the child’s birth at no charge. Call 311 if you haven’t received the certificate within four weeks.
If the hospital where your child was born made a mistake on the birth certificate, you must submit your application and the newborn certificate you received to the hospital if the child is less than 1 year of age. Call the hospital’s birth registrar for more information.
Online: Request a copy by going online to VitalCheck, the authorized third-party vendor by the Department of Health. The processing time is 10 to 15 business days. Check the status of your order at
By mail: Complete, sign and notarize the following document: Include a self-addressed, stamped envelope.
Mail your application package to the address on the top, left-hand side of the application. The processing time is four to six weeks.
Follow the guide on this link
You can also call 311.
If you have questions about 1) birth certificates for newborns, 2) correcting or amending a birth or certificate, or 3) status of an order, call 311 if within NYC. Dial 212-639-9675 if you are calling from outside NYC. You can also learn more by visiting
* Debido al brote de la enfermedad por coronavirus 2019 (COVID-19), la oficina para solicitar partidas de nacimiento en persona está cerrada hasta nuevo aviso*
El Departamento de Salud de la Ciudad de Nueva York tiene los registros de nacimiento de cualquier persona que haya nacido en la ciudad.
Si es padre de un recién nacido, el Departamento de Salud le enviará un certificado de nacimiento sin cargo por correo aproximadamente un mes después del nacimiento del niño. Llame al 311 si no ha recibido el certificado en cuatro semanas.
Si el hospital donde nació su hijo cometió un error en el certificado de nacimiento, debe enviar su solicitud y el certificado de recién nacido que recibió al hospital, si el niño tiene menos de 1 año de edad. Llame al registro de nacimientos del hospital para obtener más información.
En línea: Solicite una copia en línea a VitalCheck, el proveedor externo autorizado por el Departamento de Salud. El tiempo de procesamiento es de 10 a 15 días hábiles. Verifique el estado de su pedido visitando
Por correo: Complete, firme y certifique ante notario el siguiente documento: Incluya un sobre con su dirección y sello postal/estampilla. Envíe su paquete de solicitud a la dirección que se encuentra en la parte superior izquierda del documento de solicitud. El tiempo de procesamiento es de cuatro a seis semanas.
Siga la guía en este enlace
También puede llamar al 311.
Si tiene preguntas sobre 1) actas de nacimiento de recién nacidos, 2) corregir o enmendar un nacimiento o acta, o 3) el estado de una orden, llame al 311 si se encuentra dentro de la ciudad de Nueva York. Marque al 212-639-9675 si se encuentra afuera de la ciudad. Para aprender mas, visite
Updated on August 18, 2021

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