Our Recent Impact

Our COVID-19 Response & Emergency Fund

Our members are some of the most at risk physically and financially in this crisis. They are working in warehouses, delivering food and cleaning without safety protections– without sick time and without job security–this is not only a threat for those working but for their families and for our public health. We are providing direct support and advocating for policies that include protections and financial support for everyone including undocumented folks, sex-workers and others who are most vulnerable. To access our services and support, click here

To donate to our COVID-19 Emergency Response Fund, click here. It will provide direct support to those who need it, and help us organize for solutions that include all of us. 

For up to date information on the crisis and our response, follow us on Facebook and Twitter.

OUR OFFICES WILL BE CLOSED!

Amid the COVID-19 outbreak, also known as the coronavirus, effective Monday, March 16th our community OFFICES WILL BE PHYSICALLY CLOSED for the time being. However, we will continue to support our community members via remote work, telephonic and web-based services, virtual classrooms, and online organizing.

En medio del brote de COVID-19, también conocido como coronavirus, a partir del lunes 16 de marzo, nuestras OFICINAS COMUNITARIAS CERRARÁN FÍSICAMENTE por el momento. Sin embargo, continuaremos apoyando a los miembros de nuestra comunidad a través de trabajo remoto, servicios telefónicos y basados ​​en la web, aulas virtuales y organización en línea. Haz clic aquí para más información en Español.

More information on how we're responding here!

UPDATE: Supreme Court lifts injunction on Public Charge rule

The Supreme Court voted 5-4 to lift the nationwide injunction on the Trump administration’s “public charge” rule, allowing it to take effect. This means that immigrants who are in the process of applying for lawful permanent resident status through family-based petitions will be subjected to a racist wealth test. 

The Supreme Court’s decision in our case, Make the Road New York v. Cuccinelli, lifts the last remaining nationwide injunction that blocked the rule from going into effect. As a lead plaintiff in federal court, we’ll keep fighting to stop this reckless policy.
Get the latest information and resources here.

WATCH: Video on Public Charge changes

Driver’s Licenses For All Are Here!

After a fight of almost 20 years, our community won a great victory – people in the state of New York are now eligible to apply for a driver’s license, regardless of immigration status. The new law, Green Light NY, went into effect on Monday, December 16, 2019. Click here for more info.

Join one of our upcoming workshops for more information.

The New York State Department of Motor Vehicles (DMV) has updated their website to provide information, including the list of acceptable documents. Check it out!

¡Licencias de conducir para todos están aquí! Todas las personas en el estado de Nueva York son elegibles para solicitar una licencia de conducir, independientemente de su estado migratorio. Haz clic para más información en Español.

We Marched to Defend DACA and TPS!

Over 200 undocumented youth, community leaders and allies joined us at Battery Park on Oct. 26th, as we began an 18-day march from New York City to Washington, D.C. to fight for DACA and TPS! 

The U.S. Supreme Court heard oral arguments on Nov. 12th on Trump’s unlawful termination of the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) policy — the futures of 700,000 impacted immigrant youth are at stake. Similarly, over 300,000 Temporary Protected Status (TPS) recipients wait to hear news on the program’s court case.

Follow the brave marchers who joined from across the country and support their fight! #HomeIsHere!

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New York State must fight back against corporate attacks on workers’ rights. Support the EmPIRE Act!

In New York, our communities have organized and won critical victories for workers, including a $15 minimum wage, paid family leave, protections against

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New York State must bring the "Protect Our Courts Act" to a vote this session!

We are calling on Governor Andrew Cuomo, Speaker Carl Heastie & Majority Leader Andrea Stewart-Cousins to help pass the “Protect Our Courts Act”

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New Yorkers demand that ICE release 25-year-old trans community member Yimy! #FreeYimy

This past Christmas, Yimy Aldair Benitez Lopez, a 25-year-old Long Island resident and asylum-seeker from Honduras, was set to complete their gender transition

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New Yorkers are committed to participating in the 2020 Census!

Since 1790, the U.S. Constitution has mandated that every U.S. resident regardless of age, citizenship status, or ability to vote be counted every

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Governor Cuomo: Create One Fair Wage for Tipped Earners Across New York State!

Did you know that workplaces that pay people in tips are getting away with paying New Yorkers LESS THAN the minimum wage? Restaurant

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Driver’s Licenses For All Are Here!

Find the latest information, join our workshops and learn how to apply for your NY driver’s license today!

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