New York University has established the NYU Immigrant Defense Initiative, a project to provide free, confidential advice and legal representation to NYU students and staff throughout the University who are at risk of deportation.

Coordinated through the Law School’s Immigrant Rights Clinic, in partnership with Wilmer Cutler Pickering Hale and Dorr LLP (“WilmerHale”), the NYU Immigrant Defense Initiative is available to NYU students and staff members who have Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA), who are otherwise undocumented (with or without pending immigration applications or cases), or who have immigration status but are at risk of deportation based on possible immigration violations, contact with the criminal legal system, or other concerns.

"This is a time of increased concern and uncertainty over federal immigration policy, including for many people currently in the United States,” says NYU School of Law Dean Trevor Morrison. “I am very pleased that the Law School and WilmerHale were able to undertake this initiative to assist members of the NYU community who may be concerned that they are in jeopardy."

NYU students or staff at risk of deportation and in need of free legal screenings should contact the Initiative at (212) 998-6640 (voicemail) or immigrant.defense@law.nyu.edu to schedule an appointment. Learn more here.

Posted January 23, 2017