2018-06-20 / Front Page

Peralta Secures $110K For Queens Legal Services To Assist Immigrants

State Senator Jose Peralta presented a check for $110,000 to Queens Legal Services to help them provide a package of legal assistance services to immigrants across the senator’s district and the borough.State Senator Jose Peralta presented a check for $110,000 to Queens Legal Services to help them provide a package of legal assistance services to immigrants across the senator’s district and the borough.State Senator Jose Peralta announced on June 18 that he was able to secure $110,000 in this year’s state budget for Queens Legal Services to support the organization’s programs to fight for social and economic justice. The grant will help Queens Legal Services provide a package of legal assistance services to immigrants across the senator’s district and the borough.

“Here, in the ‘United Nations’ of all senatorial districts, we welcome everyone and stand against discrimination and hate. I am not going to tolerate any type of attacks against my constituents. Sadly, there is a hostile environment toward immigrants, but I am at the frontlines defending and protecting them. I am glad I was able to secure these funds for Queens Legal Services and deliver for my constituents,” said Senator Peralta.

“We are so grateful to Senator Peralta for helping Queens Legal Services secure much-needed state funding to protect the rights of immigrant communities in Queens. This support is critical, now more than ever, as our immigrant and low-income constituents face increasing obstacles to access justice. Immigrant New Yorkers are fearful of, and are at increased risk of, deportation without access to counsel. These funds will allow our Queens program to help residents of Queens obtain lawful status, avoid deportation and maintain their New York City families and communities,” said Raun Rasmussen, Executive Director of Legal Services NYC.

The grant will help the organization fund its Immigration and Advocacy Project, which assists Queens residents naturalize, secure immigration relief involving asylum, removal and deportation defense, U-visas for victims of crimes, T-visas (trafficking victim), domestic violence-based applications, family-based petitions, Special Immigration Juvenile Status, and green card applications and renewals, among others.

In 2017, Queens Legal Services helped about 24,000 people. The Immigration and Advocacy Project assisted more than 4,000 residents living in poverty with immigration matters.

Queens Legal Services, part of Legal Services NYC, is the largest grassroots civil legal services provider in Queens. Legal Services NYC is the largest civil legal services provider in the United States. Its neighborhood-based offices and outreach sites across all five boroughs in the city help more than 100,000 New Yorkers annually. The group fights poverty and seeks racial, social, and economic justice for low-income New Yorkers. For 50 years, the organization has challenged systemic injustice and helped clients meet basic needs for housing, access to high-quality education, health care, family stability, and income and economic security.

Queens Legal Services Immigration and Advocacy Project offers representation in a variety of matters, including naturalization applications, work authorization, adjustment of status, replacement of permanent residence cards, alien relative petitions, immigrant visa processing and removal proceedings. The organization’s attorneys also provide domestic violence immigration-related services, including U-visa applications. Its services are holistic, providing immigrants with housing, public benefits and language assistance. Queens Legal Services works closely with clients and community partners to ensure immigrants have a successful pathway to citizenship.

 

 

 


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