Legal & Immigration Services
Know your rights
It is important to understand your legal rights as a young person living in New York City. The Door’s Legal Services Center is here to provide you with different kinds of legal counsel. We offer services in English, Spanish and Mandarin, and can access translators for many other languages. We can help if you are:
- A recent immigrant, undocumented (living in the United States without the proper paperwork), or currently in deportation proceedings
- In foster care
- Pregnant or caring for a child
- Homeless and/or living without your parents, or having issues with your landlord
- In need of public benefits, such as Section 8 housing, food stamps, Medicaid or welfare, social security, etc.
- In need of help with family law issues such as paternity, child support, domestic violence, child custody and visitation rights
- Being victimized or stalked
- In need of proper forms of personal identification, such as a birth certificate, passport, non-driver’s license, etc.
Your DACA Status
On January 9, 2018, the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of California ordered a halt to the federal government’s termination of the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals, or DACA, program. In the case Regents of the University of California v. Department of Homeland Security, the judge granted a preliminary injunction — a temporary order blocking the termination of the DACA program while the case goes forward — requiring Immigration to begin accepting DACA renewal applications again.
If you have DACA and are between the ages of 12-21, please contact The Door for a free legal consultation. You can find more resources for free immigration services and information on DACA here.
Beyond the needs listed above, we also provide additional legal services. We hold a criminal law clinic at The Door every Thursday from 3 p.m. to 5 p.m., to provide information to young adults who are currently involved in the criminal legal system. Examples include transit tickets, arrest warrants, court dates, rap sheets and more. Contact Erika Alfaro at email@example.com for more information.
To Make an Appointment
The first step to getting legal help is to become a Door member. Once you are a member, there are two ways you can make an appointment:
- Walk in to our offices on the 3rd floor of The Door anytime Monday through Friday from 2 p.m. – 5 p.m.
- Call 212-941-9090, ext. 3280. If no one answers the phone, please leave a message and speak slowly, clearly and leave a phone number where we can call you back. Say your name and phone number twice so we can be sure to get the right information.
If you believe that your situation is an emergency, please alert a staff member in the Legal Services Center so that we can provide you with help as soon as possible. Emergency situations include losing your housing (eviction), losing public benefits, physical danger or violence, deportation proceedings, risk of having your child/children removed and put into foster care, or being a victim of human trafficking (meaning someone has brought you illegally to this country in exchange for payments or other benefits).
Pro Bono Support
The Legal Services Center is grateful to our private law firm partners who make it possible for us to meet our clients’ needs. Current partners include:
Arnold & Porter Kaye Scholer LLP
Baker & McKenzie LLP
Cahill Gordon & Reindel LLP
Cleary Gottlieb Steen & Hamilton LLP
Fried, Frank, Harris, Shriver & Jacobson LLP
Milbank, Tweed, Hadley & McCloy LLP
Norton Rose Fulbright LLP
Proskauer Rose LLP
Shearman & Sterling LLP
Simpson Thacher & Bartlett LLP
To learn more about the Legal Services Center, contact Erika Alfaro at firstname.lastname@example.org or call 212-941-9090, ext. 3280.
The work of the Legal Services Center is made possible in part by a grant from The New York Bar Foundation.