National Immigration Legal Services Directory

Sanctuary for Families - Center for Battered Women's Legal Services

  • Location:
    30 Wall Street
    8th Floor
    New York, NY 10005
  • Phone:
    (212) 349-6009 ext. 221
  • Fax:
    (212) 566-0344
  • Contact methods:
    Email, Mail/Letter, Phone calls, Website
  • Appointments accepted:

Sanctuary for Families' Legal Center is one of the largest providers of free legal services exclusively for victims of domestic violence, human trafficking, and other forms of gender based violence in the United States. Sanctuary staff assist clients in claiming control of their lives while advocating for policy changes and raising public awareness to end all forms of gender based violence. In addition to comprehensive legal services, Sanctuary offers a wide range of clinical, residential, and economic empowerment services.

Counties served: Bronx, Kings (Brooklyn), NY (Manhattan), Queens, Richmond (Staten Island)

Services Provided

Areas of immigration legal assistance: Adjustment of Status, Asylum applications, Consular Processing, Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA), Employment authorization, Habeas Corpus, Naturalization/Citizenship, Removal hearings, Special Immigrant Juvenile Status, T visas, U visas, Violence Against Women Act (VAWA) petitions
Types of immigration legal services provided: Help completing forms, 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
Other areas of legal assistance: Family & Juvenile, Housing, Public Benefits
Non-legal services: Administrative advocacy (CIS/ICE/CBP), Department of Justice (DOJ)/Office for Victims of Crime (OVC)-funded services for trafficking victims, Employment services, Health services, Legal Orientation Programs (LOP) / Know Your Rights Presentations (KYR), Legislative advocacy (state or national), Office Of Refugee Resettlement (ORR)-funded services for trafficking victims, Psychological or psychiatric services, Referrals to other services, Social 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, Armenian, Bengali, Burmese, Dutch, English, Farsi, French, Georgian, German, Gujarati, Haitian Creole, Hindi, Hungarian, Italian, Japanese, Korean, Malay-Indonesian, Mandarin Chinese, Polish, Portuguese, Punjabi, Russian, Signers for the deaf: ASL, Spanish, Tagalog, Taiwanese, Thai, Urdu, Fula, Fulani, Gallego, Sou Sou, Twi
Access to a commercial interpreting service or language bank: Yes
Nominal fee charged? No
Other information: Services are provided to victims of domestic violence, gender-based violence, and human trafficking.