Our Recent Impact

Federal Judge rules against DACA, again!

On September 13, 2023, Judge Hanen in Texas found the new DACA regulation (published in 2022) unlawful for the same reasons that he had previously held the original version of DACA unlawful. But he again paused his own decision to allow current DACA recipients to continue to renew while his decision is appealed to higher courts. This result is disappointing but expected. Now we expect another appeal to the Fifth Circuit to follow.


Displaced and Disconnected| The experience of migrants and asylum seekers in New York City in 2023

New York, known for its cultural diversity and thriving immigrant population has become a significant destination for asylum seekers. However, it is crucial to note that the ongoing surge in New York City is a direct consequence of politicians utilizing asylum seekers as mere political pawns and callously subjecting them to days-long bus rides, often without knowledge or input into where they’re going. Despite New York City’s reputation as a beacon of hope and opportunity, many asylum seekers face immense challenges due to the lack of access to basic resources.


Our Member Committee  Meetings are Back In Person!

After three years of virtual meetings due to the COVID pandemic, our member committee meetings are finally back in person at all our offices. Our members are thrilled to be back in the community, learning about their rights, developing their leadership skills, and strategizing to keep up the fight for respect and dignity for all New Yorkers.

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NEW: “Casita,” a manual for asylum seekers

We are thrilled to launch “Casita,” a manual for asylum seekers who have arrived in New York City.

At a time when migrants are arriving and settling in the City, the manual aims to welcome, provide information and essential resources for their daily life, and guide them to access services, regardless of immigration status, and more.


Dignity, Community, and Power: 2023 New York City Budget and Policy Platform

Our 2023 NYC platform urges the Adams administration and City Council to prioritize the well-being of immigrant and working-class communities across New York City. Our launch was held ahead of Mayor Adam’s executive budget announcement. We urged Adams to stop attempts to cut vital services and instead prioritize funding and legislation to make the City more affordable and expand the safety net for our most vulnerable New Yorkers.


Celebrating 25 Years!

Did you know that one of Make the Road New York’s first organizing victories was to stop the expansion of a youth jail? Or that our services have expanded to serve 30,000 people every year?

Check out our new brochure, 25 Years of Victories, to learn about our organization’s milestones and meet two of our current members.


A New Home of Strength & Dignity

Make the Road New York is building a permanent home in Queens, NY. This 3-story, 24,000 sq foot landmark community center will more than double our space for frontline services.

It will be a place of safety and strength that says: We are Here to Stay. Our new home will stand as a statewide beacon of hope and power for current and future generations.

Construction is currently underway and we will open our doors in 2022!


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At Make the Road NY (MRNY), community members volunteer daily to support our organizing, education, health and legal services programs as well as our admin and operations teams.

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Find up-to-date resources and guides on legislation, court decisions, and more!

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Achieving Dignity and Justice


Make the Road New York

“Casita” Resource Guide

After a long and difficult journey, you are now here in New York, the Big Apple. New York is your home, and this booklet is a supportive embrace to welcome you to this great city. We know you’ve had a difficult time on your journey here. We know you’ve left behind loved ones, delicious food,…

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MRNY Condemns Mayor Adams Proposal to Expel Asylum Seekers From Shelters After 60 Days

NEW YORK (July 19, 2023) – Today, Mayor Eric Adams announced a reckless proposal that seeks to oust asylum seekers from shelters with just 60 days notice. In response, Make the Road New York Deputy Director, Natalia Aristizabal, issued the following statement: ​​​​​“We are appalled by Mayor Adams’s callous disregard for the well-being of people…

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Guía de Recursos “Casita”

Después de una larga y difícil jornada, ahora estás aquí, en Nueva York, la Gran Manzana. Nueva York es tu casa, y este librito es un abrazo solidario para darte la bienvenida a esta gran ciudad. Sabemos que has pasado por momentos difíciles en tu camino aquí. Sabemos que has dejado atrás seres queridos, comida…