National Immigration Legal Services Directory

Human Rights First (New York Office)

  • Location:
    75 Broad Street
    31st Floor
    New York, NY 10004
  • Phone:
    (212) 845-5200
  • Fax:
    (212) 845-5299
  • Contact methods:
    Drop-in, Phone calls
  • Appointments accepted:

Human Rights First is an independent advocacy and action organization that challenges America to live up to its ideals. We believe American leadership is essential in the global struggle for human rights, so we press the U.S. government and private companies to respect human rights and the rule of law. When they fail, we step in to demand reform, accountability and justice. Around the world, we work where we can best harness American influence to secure core freedoms.


We know it is not enough to expose and protest injustice, so we create the political environment and policy solutions necessary to ensure consistent respect for human rights. Whether we are protecting refugees, combating torture, or defending persecuted minorities, we focus not on making a point, but on making a difference. For almost 40 years, we have built bipartisan coalitions and teamed up with frontline activists and lawyers to tackle global challenges that demand American leadership.


Human Rights First’s Refugee Representation team seeks to promote human rights at home by assisting people fleeing persecution abroad.  We achieve this goal by partnering with pro bono lawyers to help their clients access legal safeguards in the United States, while leveraging our expertise to enable those lawyers to become exceptional asylum advocates.

Counties served: NY (Manhattan)
Detention Facilities Served: Elizabeth Contract Detention Facility (NJ)

Services Provided

Areas of immigration legal assistance: Asylum applications
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
Non-legal services: Administrative advocacy (CIS/ICE/CBP), Housing referrals, Legal Orientation Programs (LOP) / Know Your Rights Presentations (KYR), Legislative advocacy (state or national), 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 physical/mental disabilities, Juveniles, Lesbian, gay, bisexual & transgender, Torture survivors
Languages spoken: Arabic, English, French, Spanish, Other languages upon request
Access to a commercial interpreting service or language bank: No
Nominal fee charged? No
Other information: This organization can serve clients statewide. Potential clients should call during our hours of operation, Monday-Friday from 9:00 a.m.-5:30 p.m., or visit us during our walk-in hours on Thursdays only from 12:30-3:30 p.m.