There are numerous organizations doing their part to support immigrants. Whether it’s issues of detainment, deportation, workplace discrimination, housing, or educational justice, there is a group somewhere that is ready to lend a helping hand. We have compiled a list of resources to assist the immigrant seeking support or the activist looking for a place to give back. If your organization isn’t on our list, please contact us and we’ll be happy to add it.
In this time of crisis, we encourage you to donate to one of the groups listed below.
Facilitates access to information and resources on immigration, health, and workers’ rights for the Nepali-speaking community. Advocates against social injustices and human rights abuses, and conducts participatory action research and policy advocacy on issues affecting the community as well as building leadership of members, focusing on marginalized groups.
African Communities Together
Fights for civil rights, opportunity, and a better life for our African immigrant families here in the U.S. and worldwide. ACT empowers African immigrants to integrate socially, get ahead economically, and engage civically. We connect African immigrants to critical services, help Africans develop as leaders, and organize our communities on the issues that matter.
CAIR – Council on American-Islamic Relations
As America’s largest Muslim civil liberties organization, CAIR works to promote a positive image of Islam and Muslims in America through media relations, government relations, education, and advocacy. The civil rights department counsels, mediates, and advocates on behalf of Muslims and others who have experienced religious discrimination, defamation, or hate crimes. It also conducts and organizes lobbying efforts on issues related to Islam and Muslims.
Community center in Corona that offers free workshops on political education, art, and dance; offers support in crisis situations and general community engagement towards self-determination. An intergenerational space run by and in service of immigrant and working-class families of mixed immigration status and other individuals from Corona, Elmhurst, and Jackson Heights.
CHHAYA Community Development Corporation
Advocates for the housing needs of New York City’s South Asian community.
CUNY Citizenship Now
Provides free, high quality, and confidential immigration law services to help individuals and families on their path to U.S. citizenship. Our attorneys and paralegals offer one-on-one consultations to assess participants’ eligibility for legal benefits and assist them in applying when qualified.
Empowers low-wage workers to fight for their labor, health, gender, and immigrant rights. Established in 2002, our purpose is to build leadership at the grassroots level to eliminate labor trafficking, fight labor fraud and wage theft, and to demand fair labor standards to achieve economic and social justice.
DRUM – Desis Rising Up and Moving
Advocates for South Asian, low-wage immigrant workers, youth, and families in New York City to win economic and educational justice, and civil and immigrant rights.
Freedom for Immigrants
Devoted to abolishing immigration detention, while ending the isolation of people currently suffering in this profit-driven system. See their resources for individuals and their families facing detention or at risk for deportation.
Hate Free Zone
Building a community defense system that will allow us to defend our communities from workplace raids, deportations, mass criminalization, violence, and systemic violation of our rights and dignity. See presentation below from the Hate Free Zone Cop & ICE Watch training. Know your rights!
Immigrant Families Together
Reunites mothers and their children by providing pro bono legal representation, bond, and ongoing support after release.
Jews for Racial & Economic Justice
Organizes and mobilizes New York’s Jewish community to fight for racial and economic justice through campaigns, programs and actions.
Make the Road New York
Builds the power of immigrant and working class communities to achieve dignity and justice through legal and survival services, education, community organizing, and policy innovation.
National Latinx organization leading on mobilizing against immigration enforcement and criminalization. As a digital and grassroots hub for Latinx and Chicanx movement building and organizing, Mijente seeks to increase participation of Latinx and Chicanx people in the movements for racial, economic, climate, and gender justice.
New Immigrant Community Empowerment (NICE)
Builds the individual and collective power of immigrant workers. Focuses on organizing and supporting newly arrived immigrants who face significant challenges in finding safe, dignified, and well-paying jobs and are at high risk of workplace abuse and exploitation. Lists available jobs on website and trains workers in occupational health and safety.
New Sanctuary Coalition – NYC
Stands publicly in solidarity with families and communities resisting detention and deportation, with a specific focus of preserving family unity, and reforms immigration enforcement, detention, and deportation practices and policies, both locally and nationally. Offers accompaniment programs, legal clinics, bond funds, and organizes sanctuary congregations.
New York Immigration Coalition
An umbrella policy & advocacy organization that represents over 200 immigrant and refugee rights groups throughout New York. Website has 10 pages of legal service providers.
New York State Youth Leadership Council
Empower immigrant youth through leadership development, grassroots organizing, educational advancement, and self-expression. Our goal is to give undocumented youth the tools and space to organize and create change in our communities.
Office for New Americans (ONA)
Through 27 neighborhood-based Opportunity Centers, work to reduce exploitation of New Americans, teach English, increase the number of naturalized citizens, help people start businesses and use their professional skills. Experienced immigration lawyers are available for consultations. Hotline 1-800-566-7636
Physicians for Human Rights
Physicians for Human Rights works at the intersection of medicine, science, and law to secure justice and universal human rights for all.
Queens Neighborhoods United
Community-based organization (Jackson Heights, Corona, and Elmhurst) that establishes democratic control over land use, policing, and immigration policies that directly impact us, our families, homes, businesses, places of work, and neighborhoods.
Queer Detainee Empowerment Project
Post-release support, detention center visitation, direct service, and community organizing project that works with Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Queer, Two Spirit, Trans, Intersex, Gender Non-Conforming, and HIV+ (LGBTQIA* GNC TS) immigrant prisoners and their families currently in detention centers, those that have been recently released from detention centers, and those at risk at entering immigration detention in the Tri-State Area (Connecticut, New Jersey, New York).
Empowers South Asian immigrant communities with particular focus on the Bangladeshi population to fully achieve their civic and socio-economic potential in New York by building bridges across cultures, languages, and generations. Offers a variety of classes, including basic computer skills, political processes, English classes, résumé writing, and interview skills.
Working for interfaith harmony among diverse communities of New York to foster better mutual understanding for the greater goal of peace, prosperity and inter-community relations. SUKHI NY is also a steward of “Diversity Plaza.”
United We Dream
National immigrant youth-led organization building campaigns–at the local, state, and federal level–to create justice and dignity for immigrants. UWD has developed MigraWatch Hotline (844-363-1423) to report ICE or CBP activities in your neighborhood; Notifica app (notifica.us) for immigrants to develop a preparedness plan to notify people in a trusted network if faced with a situation with ICE; and an ICE and CBP Abuse Tracker with up-to-date documentation (unitedwedream.org/our-work/protect-immigrants-now/biden-stop-deportations-now)
Worker’s Justice Project/Proyecto Justicia Laboral
Brooklyn–based immigrant workers’ rights organization committed to build worker power to win better working conditions.