Available Legal Services for Recipients of the DACA Program

Last week, the White House announced major changes to the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program. DACA provides eligible young immigrants with temporary protection from deportation and access to work authorization. This program has benefitted over 30,000 New Yorkers and 800,000 individuals across the country. The President is ending the program and allowing for a 6-month “wind-down” period through March 5, 2018, during which the U.S Congress will have the opportunity to pass legislation to maintain the program.

  • Information: More information on the announcement, including important filing deadlines, is available through the Mayor’s Office of Immigrant Affairs website: nyc.gov/immigrants and the following info sheet (available in 10 languages)
  • Legal Services: ActionNYC provide free, safe immigration legal help in your language. Call 1-800-354-0365 from 9am to 6pm, Monday- Friday. You can also call 311 and say “ ActionNYC,”  to be connected to an advisor or find legal services in your community
  • Free, confidential mental health support: ThriveNYC provides support for all New Yorkers. Please call NYC Well at 1-888-NYC- WELL or texting “WELL” to 65173

Signed:  Penny Abeywardena

Commissioner, Office of the Mayor for International Affairs