New York State Community Toolkit
Our NYS Community Toolkit is an all-in-one resource guide for community members, partners, and allies. It is updated regularly based on changing laws and policies, and connects immigrant New Yorkers with resources across the state.
Know Your Rights
Immigrants & NY
NYIC partnered with the Center for Urban Pedagogy (CUP) and designer Luiza Dale to create Immigrants & NY, a fold-out poster in English, Spanish, and French. The illustrated poster guides immigrants in New York State on how to avoid immigration scams, protect their families when interacting with ICE, and create a plan for their family in the event of deportation.
Our partnership continued with Immigrants & Upstate NY, a companion piece that focuses on the upstate regional context. The tri-fold poster educates immigrants on how to interact with Border Patrol and local law enforcement, and ways to reduce the risk from traffic stops.
Know Your Rights Wallet Cards
Know Your Rights wallet cards are available in Spanish, French, Chinese (Simplified), and Arabic.
What Is Asylum? Poster
What is asylum? is a trilingual fold-out poster in English, Spanish, and French, created by CUP with The Bellevue/NYU Program for Survivors of Torture (PSOT) and design studio Bardo Industries. The illustrated poster guides asylum seekers— many of whom have limited English and literacy skills— step-by-step through the difficult process of receiving asylum, and provides information about other resources they can turn to for assistance.
Know Your Rights Presentations
Our Know Your Rights slide decks are available in multiple languages for community groups to use and amend for their facilitation of Know Your Rights trainings. Topics include Public Health updates, Federal Immigration updates, New York State updates, and the Immigration System and Your Rights.
This resource is available in languages commonly spoken in the NYC and Western NY regions. The English version of these presentations is not available.
New York City:
Arabic, Bengali, Chinese, Creole, French, Korean, Yoruba, Spanish
Western New York:
Arabic, Bengali, Burmese, Creole, French, Karen, Nepali, Somali, Spanish
Please note that we are not updating any slide decks, which were developed March 2022. We recommend that your team refers to the New York State Community Toolkit for the most recent updates to amend the content.
NYS Policy Guides
NY HERO Act Guide
The NY HERO Act Guide is a guide for New Yorkers to be aware of what the implementation of the NY HERO Act means for them. It contains information on who is covered, what employers must do, and what employees’ rights are if their employer is not implementing the required protocols. This resource is available in English, Spanish, French, Somali, Nepali, Arabic, Burmese, Bengali, Chinese, and Karen.
Health & Safety Resources
Abortions Remain Legal in NYS Resources
Roe v. Wade was overturned by the Supreme Court on June 24, 2022. The legality of abortion is now under individual states’ decisions. However, abortion remains legal in New York State, and is accessible to everyone including undocumented immigrants and visitors from out of state. This resource includes resources for New York State residents and visitors from out of state seeking reproductive health services and support.
Welcome to Health Care: Health Care Options for Immigrant New Yorkers
Welcome to Healthcare tackles the complex nature of immigrant eligibility for health coverage and provides information that immigrant New Yorkers need to access health services and receive language and financial assistance. The poster explains eligibility rules for different types of health care coverage based on immigration status, and assures immigrants that health care providers will not report their patients’ status to Immigration and Customs Enforcement or US Citizenship and Immigration Services.
Business & Finance Resources
Immigrant Business Guide
Immigrant entrepreneurship is the backbone of this country’s economy. In New York State, immigrant business owners account for 33.8% of all self-employed residents, contributing $7.2 billion in business income. While immigrants are more than twice as likely as U.S.-born citizens to start a business, there are few resources specifically dedicated to assisting immigrant business owners.
The Immigrant Business Guide includes information to help you decide which type of business structure is right for you, what the requirements are for forming your business and some of the fees and taxes to expect so that you can stay open for business.
Your Money, Your Future! A Basic Guide for Financial Education and Empowerment
Your Money, Your Future: A Basic Guide for Financial Education and Empowerment provides a basic overview of the American financial system with the aim to educate and better inform immigrant communities. The guide provides readers with information they need to improve their personal finances including basic financial management skills, a list of reliable service providers in New York, and tips on avoiding immigrant-targeting scams.