Mayor's Office of Immigrant Affairs (MOIA) Partnerships


ACTION NYC IS BACK!


MOIA and Community Schools are proud to be continuing their partnership in providing free,safe, community based legal services and information to students and their families throughout the five boroughs.



What is ActionNYC?


ActionNYC is two fold: 1) providing free legal screenings to find out eligibility for immigration benefits and

2) providing free legal help from an experience attorney on your case, ranging from citizenship, green card applications, to TPS and DACA. The program's goal is to provide 70-80 clinics in Community Schools alone!



I'm interested, what do I do next?

If you're interested in having this service available to your students, there are currently three options to pursue--


1. Host a Legal Clinic-

***Please note: This program is currently prioritizing high school students***


Hosting an ActionNYC clinic is a great opportunity to bring legal professionals into your school to provide legal services and screenings. Clinics are most often held M-F during the school day. On the day of the clinic, MOIA will send legal navigators and attorneys to your school where they will meet with 21-24 clients (3-4 slots per hour), assessing their eligibility and assisting them in building a case for eligible benefits.


If you are interested in hosting a clinic, you would be responsible for:

  • Identifying students and families in need

  • Scheduling the appointments

  • Providing school space large enough to provide privacy for each client


MOIA and their legal partners will provide:

  • Marketing tools tailored to your school, available in all NYC official languages

  • Language interpretation during actual clinic appointments

  • Scheduling follow-up appointments as needed

  • Represent clients to obtain immigration benefits throughout the entire process


A more comprehensive list of responsibilities is found here. If you are interested in scheduling a clinic for your school, please reach out to Julie Kim, ActionNYC Program Manager.



2. Refer a family to an ActionNYC site near your school-


You can also refer a family to an ActionNYC site. There are various locations throughout the five boroughs-- hospitals, non-profits, CBOs- where the legal clinic services are available by appointment only. Use this interactive map to find the site nearest to your school.


Interested persons must make an appointment before arriving at an ActionNYC site.To make an appointment, call 1-800-354-0365 between 9AM-6PM, Monday - Friday or call 311 and say "ActionNYC". Let them know which location you are interested in going to.



3. Hold a Forum on Know Your Rights-


The Mayor's Office of Immigrant Affairs (MOIA) is offering a one to two-hour educational forum for hard-to-reach immigrant communities to better understand and know their rights. Topics of the forum include:

  • Encounters with ICE and immigrant rights

  • DACA

  • Legal resources and legal fraud

  • Family planning

  • City resources

  • Combating hate crime/discrimination


MOIA has partnered with 10 CBOs to conduct these forums. Hosting one at your school would mean being paired with a CBO facilitator who would come on a designated night to present this forum.  The date and times are flexible, as is the length of the presentation. The forum includes a PowerPoint presentation, discussions, and informational materials. 


If interested in hosting a KYR forum, you will need to:

  • Designate a point of contact that will work with the CBO facilitator in coordinating a date, promoting the event, and other logistics

  • Provide a space which will hold at least 25 people, has electrical outlets, adequate lighting and sound


MOIA will provide:

  • A CBO facilitator who will present the forum

  • Informational materials in 14 languages

  • A tailored forum, created with input from schools, to target the needs of your community


If you are interested in hosting a KYR Forum at your school, please reach out to Sandra Lamers-Hernandez, KYR Program Manager.