National Immigration Legal Services Directory

Immigration Equality

  • Location:
    40 Exchange Pl
    Suite 1300
    New York, NY 10005
  • Phone:
    (212) 714-2904
  • Fax:
    (212) 714-2973
  • Contact methods:
    Email, Fax, Mail/Letter, Phone calls, Website, Detention Hotline: (917) 654-9696
  • Appointments accepted:
    Yes

Immigration Equality is the nation’s largest LGBTQ immigrant rights organization. We provide free legal services to and advocate for people from around the world fleeing violence, abuse, and persecution because of their sexual orientation, gender identity, or HIV status. Our legal team has won asylum for hundreds of LGBTQ and HIV-positive immigrants. We also provide free legal services to binational couples and families separated from their loved ones. We provide services nationwide.

Counties served: Albany, Allegany, Bronx, Broome, Cattaraugus, Cayuga, Chautauqua, Chemung, Chenango, Clinton, Columbia, Cortland, Delaware, Dutchess, Erie, Essex, Franklin, Fulton, Genesee, Greene, Hamilton, Herkimer, Jefferson, Kings (Brooklyn), Lewis, Livingston, Madison, Monroe, Montgomery, Nassau, Niagara, NY (Manhattan), Oneida, Onondaga, Ontario, Orange, Orleans, Oswego, Otsego, Putnam, Queens, Rensselaer, Richmond (Staten Island), Rockland, Saratoga, Schenectady, Schoharie, Schuyler, Seneca, St. Lawrence, Steuben, Suffolk, Sullivan, Tioga, Tompkins, Ulster, Warren, Washington, Wayne, Westchester, Wyoming, Yates
Detention Facilities Served: Elizabeth Contract Detention Facility (NJ), Essex County Correctional Facility (NJ), Hudson County Correctional Facility (NJ)

Services Provided

Areas of immigration legal assistance: Adjustment of Status, Asylum applications, Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA), Family-based petitions, Removal hearings, T visas, U visas, Violence Against Women Act (VAWA) petitions
Types of immigration legal services provided: Filings with USCIS, Representation at Asylum Interviews (Credible Fear Interviews, Reasonable Fear Interviews), Representation before the Immigration Court, Representation before the Board of Immigration Appeals (BIA), Federal court appeals
Non-legal services: Administrative advocacy (CIS/ICE/CBP), Legislative advocacy (state or national), Referrals to other services
Populations served: Detained individuals, Domestic Violence Victims, Human Trafficking Survivors, Individuals who are not in legal immigration status, Individuals with criminal histories, Individuals with physical/mental disabilities, Juveniles, Lesbian, gay, bisexual & transgender, Torture survivors
Languages spoken: Arabic, English, French, Russian, Spanish
Access to a commercial interpreting service or language bank: Yes
Nominal fee charged? No
Other information: Can serve clients nationwide. Services are available only for clients whose immigration issue is related to sexual orientation, gender identity, and/or HIV status.