February 12, 2017
***FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE***
The Legal Aid Society Unveils Hotline to Assist Immigrant Communities Impacted by Recent ICE Raids
(New York, NY) – The Legal Aid Society unveiled a hotline this morning following confirmed reports yesterday of Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) raids throughout the city. The hotline went live at 8 a.m. Sunday and Legal Aid attorneys are now reachable in various languages to assist families who have an immediate ICE detention case, questions about their rights or other pressing immigration concerns. Legal Aid also issued an emergency plan fact sheet to help communities prepare in case of detention and deportation of a family member.
New Yorkers can contact the hotline by calling - 844-955-3425 and access important information by visiting www.legal-aid.org
“The confirmed reports from neighborhood organizations and others yesterday regarding ICE raids on Staten Island have us all concerned. We fear for our clients, immigrants, and others historically marginalized who now live in constant uncertainty,” said The Legal Aid Society’s Attorney-in-Chief Seymour W. James Jr. “Any New Yorker who has been impacted by these raids or has a basic immigration question can call our hotline for immediate legal assistance – Legal Aid attorneys are standing by and ready to help. Our hearts our broken for the impacted families but our resolve to defend is not. As we have for the past 140 years, The Legal Aid Society will continue undeterred protecting the city’s vulnerable, especially in these troubled times.”