Access to Representation

On January 15, 2020, New York became the first state in the nation to introduce legislation that would guarantee all immigrants have access to a lawyer when facing deportation. The Access to Representation Act is an essential piece of legislation that would empower immigrants to protect themselves and their families from the Trump Administration’s deportation machine.

Adult Literacy

August 4th, 2017

With over 2.2 million New Yorkers lacking English language proficiency, a high school diploma, or both, a third of New York City's adult population lacks the basic skills required to better their work, family, and civic lives. Despite this need, less than 3% of these 2.2 million are currently able to access a classroom seat in community-based programs.

Coverage 4 All

August 1st, 2017

Coverage 4 All (C4A) is a campaign to expand access to health coverage to all New Yorkers. C4A is led by a coalition of community members, community organizations, health care providers, legal service providers, as well as labor, immigrant, and health care consumer advocates.

Green Light NY: Driving Together

The NYIC is leading a statewide campaign to make driver’s licenses available to all New Yorkers, regardless of immigration status. Partnering with our members across the state, we launched Green Light NY: Driving Together campaign. On March 6, 2017, the NYIC held a day of action in Albany where hundreds of advocates and affected individuals convened at the Capitol building for a press conference to urge lawmakers to support Bill A4050. Bill A4050 would provide limited purpose driver's licenses to undocumented immigrants, which in turn would protect immigrants, strengthen public safety, and grow the economy.

COVID-19 Resources

Find resources for immigrant New Yorkers during the COVID-19 pandemic here