Initiative offers application support and free legal services to asylum seekers in NYC
New York City continues to see an influx of migrants, and the city’s new initiative aims to help asylum seekers move forward in their journey.
A total of 2,200 new asylum seekers entered New York City this week, and the mayor’s office has announced the launch of the Asylum Application Help Center. The new program offers application support and free legal services to move immigrants towards work authorization.
The help center will provide trained navigators, language access and aid for asylum seekers dealing with fast-approaching deadlines to apply for asylum and work authorization. The city is investing $5 million to support nonprofit legal providers for asylum seekers.
“To all the qualified attorneys and non-attorneys that are thinking of assisting… join us and help,” said Judge Sylvia O. Hinds-Radix, of the New York City Corporation Counsel.
The Asylum Application Help Center will be open Monday through Friday from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. and is by appointment only.