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  • Founded in 1952 under the auspices of the Catholic Church, ACIM offers free, expert assistance on immigration matters, filing of petitions, applications for citizenship, information on green cards, lottery registration, and student visas.
  • AAFE offers information on the following: advocacy & community education, affordable housing developments, homeownership, small business assistance, and social & legal services.
  • Compiled by the NYPL Office of Community Outreach Services, this list includes both NYPL and web resources. Topics include: reasons to become a US citizen, the citizenship application process, questions and quizzes that may be asked during the citizenship exam, associations and non-profit immigrant organizations, frequently asked questions, and links to more information about English for Speakers of Other Languages (ESOL) classes and adult literacy classes.
  • The Coalition for Asian American Children and Families (CACF) is an advocacy organization dedicated to improving the health and well-being of Asian American children in New York City.
  • A list of links to local and national domestic violence resources.
  • General and specific requirements for becoming a naturalized US citizen. Includes sections on naturalization requirements and knowledge of English language, US history, and government (with a self-test).
  • The EIIC assists Irish immigrants in obtaining bank accounts, driver's licenses, housing, medical insurance, education, and protection under the law. In addition they help with visa and green card applications, as well as doing job training and job placement.
  • Links to local food pantries.
  • The following organizations and attorneys provide free legal services and/or referrals for such services to indigent individuals in immigration removal proceedings, pursuant to 8 CFR ?3.61. Some of these organizations may also charge a nominal fee for legal services to certain low income individuals.
  • The following organizations and attorneys provide free legal services and/or referrals for such services to indigent individuals in immigration removal proceedings, pursuant to 8 CFR ?3.61. Some of these organizations may also charge a nominal fee for legal services to certain low income individuals.
  • Links to resources about the GED (General Equivalency Diploma) test, adult literacy classes, and English for Speakers of Other Languages (ESOL) classes.

  • HIAS provides an array of assistance to Jewish immigrants to the U.S., including serving as a liaison with immigration officials.
  • The Hispanic Federation (HF) was founded in 1990 to strengthen, support, and develop institutions that advance the quality of life for Latino New Yorkers. Thirteen years later, the HF advocates for increased comprehensive health and human services in the Hispanic community within the tri-state area.
  • JASA offers the following elder abuse services to older adults living in the Bronx, Brooklyn, Manhattan, Queens, and Nassau and Suffolk counties: counseling and legal representation for elderly abuse victims by attorney/social work teams, development of safety plans, and support groups.
  • JASA offers case management at 21 social service offices throughout NYC and Long Island. Services include help in securing services such as home care, EISEP, transportation, and long term care.

  • JASA offers the following services to older adult immigrants living in the Bronx, Brooklyn, Manhattan, Queens, and Nassau and Suffolk counties: assistance with naturalization, English and civics classes, and cultural programs.
  • Included in JASA's range of social services offered to older adults living in the Bronx, Brooklyn, Manhattan, Queens, and Nassau and Suffolk counties are mental health services and caregivers respite services.
  • The mission of KCS is to support and assist members of the Korean community, as well as others. KCS provides various professional social services in the areas of Community, Aging, and Public Health.
  • The Latin American Integration Center (LAIC) was established in 1992 as a non-profit and non-partisan community based organization. For over 10 years, LAIC has worked to strengthen New York Citys low-income Latin American communities.
  • Information for immigrants and agencies about employment, public benefits, public schools, housing, and small business services from the Mayor's Office of Immigrant Affairs.
  • Established as the National Coalition for Haitian Refugees in 1982, NCHR works to assure that Haitian asylum applicants receive fair hearings in the United States and to educate the U.S. public about the political and economic causes of the Haitians' flight from their homeland.
  • The New York Asian Womens Center helps battered Asian women overcome violence and govern their own lives, free of abuse. The Center also works to raise public awareness about domestic violence, advocate for the rights of battered women, and create an agenda for social change. Information is available in a number of Asian languages.
  • The New York Immigration Coalition (NYIC) is an umbrella policy and advocacy organization for approximately 150 groups in NY State that work with immigrants and refugees. As the coordinating body for organizations that serve one of the largest and most diverse newcomer populations in the United States, the NYIC has become a leading advocate for immigrant communities on the local, state and national levels.
  • From the Bureau of Citizenship and Immigration Services
  • Founded in 1996, South Asian Youth Action (SAYA!) works to develop the skills, talents, and leadership potential of South Asian youth living in New York City. Through a range of supports and services, SAYA! provides South Asian youth, ages 11 to 19, with safe spaces to learn, grow, play, and contribute to their communities-and each other.
  • Links to transportation resources, including New York City transit information.

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