SERVICE PROVIDERS AND ADVOCACY GROUPS
The American Civil Liberties Union – Nassau and Suffolk County Chapters are dedicated to the protection of civil liberties as embodied in the Bill of Rights. Their mission is to defend the constitutional rights of the people they serve through advocacy and involvement in the legislative process, and to educate the community about civil liberties issues.
The American Jewish Committee of Long Island (AJC) is guided by the principle that the rights and freedoms of Jews and minorities are safe only when they are secure for all. To that end, the Long Island chapter emphasizes activities that reach out in innovative ways to other faith communities and ethnic groups.
The Central American Refugee Centeris a non-profit organization serving the immigration law needs of the foreign-born community on Long Island. CARECEN works for the fair treatment of all, and towards the full integration of immigrants into Long Island’s civic life. Contact: Hempstead Office 516-489-8330 Brentwood Office 631-273-8721
Catholic Charities of the Diocese of Rockville Centre assists in serving the basic needs of the poor, troubled, weak, and oppressed, and is committed to addressing the causes of injustice. They aim to organize and empower people to secure the participation of all community members. Catholic Charities has an immigration assistance office at 143 Schleigel Blvd. in Amityville (off Albany Ave.). Their legal clinics are Tuesdays from 5:00 to 7:30 p.m. and Fridays from 9:30 to 11:30 p.m. The charge for these is $30. Please call 631-789-5210 for further information.
Empire Justice Center has information for Nassau and Suffolk County residents regarding eligibility for Department of Social Services programs such as SNAP (food stamps), Medicaid, Temporary Assistance, emergency housing, emergency financial assistance and child care subsidies. Advocacy for those who are having trouble getting or maintaining assistance, including representation at fair hearings.
The Long Island Civic Engagement Table (LICET) works to transform the culture of civic participation and government accountability in Long Island. LICET does this by nurturing grassroots participation and leadership in working-class communities of color.
The Long Island Council of Churches is the coordinating body for the ecumenical work of churches throughout Nassau and Suffolk counties. Their extensive network of social support resources and ability to mobilize the volunteer and advocacy efforts of nearly 800 faith communities makes the LICC uniquely qualified to respond to the emergency needs of the least fortunate throughout our region.
LIISA is a youth led organization committed towards equality and the right to a higher education for all, regardless of immigration status. Our purpose is to educate and empower youth to take action and create a stronger, more diverse leadership movement on Long Island.
Jobs with Justice is a national campaign for the rights of all workers, fighting with coalitions of labor, community, religious, and student groups. Long Island Jobs with Justice is one of over forty chapters nationwide that organizes in support of workers’ rights campaigns.
Make the Road New York (MRNY) builds the power of Latino and working class communities to achieve dignity and justice through organizing, policy innovation, transformative education, and survival services.
New York Communities for Change is a coalition of working families in low and moderate income communities fighting for social and economic justice throughout New York State. By using direct action, legislative advocacy, and community organizing, NY Communities’ members work to impact the political and economic policies that directly affect us.
CASA is a resource and referral agency regarding national, state, and local resources, which contribute to the education and general welfare of Hispanic and Latino Americans in Nassau County.
NYIC is an umbrella policy and advocacy organization for more than 200 groups in New York State that work with immigrants and refugees. With its multi-ethnic, multi-racial, and multi-sector base, the NYIC provides both a forum for immigrant groups to share their concerns and a vehicle for collective action to address these concerns.
Through professional, community and not-for-profit partnerships located at Pronto’s facility, community members can gain access to resources, information and assistance regarding: immigration status, SNAP (Food stamps), and entitlement support.
Services for the Advancement of Women (SEPA Mujer) is a community-based not-for-profit organization dedicated to the empowerment of Hispanic immigrant women. Since 1993, SEPA has provided community education, legal advocacy, and training to community members, law enforcement, policymakers and service providers on issues impacting Hispanic immigrant women on Long Island.
Touro offers representation to immigrant children and their families in family court and immigration matters, including removal defense in immigration court. The following types of cases are accepted: immigration, including asylym, VAWA, and Special Immigrant Juvenile Status matters, family court matters, including guardianship matters, civil matters such as Landlord/Tenant cases and uncontested divorces will be referred to Jack Evans, Staff Attorney for the Public Advocacy Center at Touro Law School.
Centro de Derechos Laborales, works to end the exploitation of Latino immigrant workers on Long Island and to achieve socioeconomic justice by promoting the full political, economic, and cultural participation of these workers in the communities in which they live.