Long Island
Immigration Clinic

A pro se clinic whose mission is to assist Long Island immigrants with their asylum cases.

The Need

An Advisory Board of organizations and faith-based congregations has been formed to address the need of our Long Island immigrant sisters and brothers for assistance with their applications for asylum, or when looking for relief from deportation and detention, and other immigration related paperwork. Through history and experience, the Advisory Board recognizes that there is a dearth of services on Long Island to help with this particular need. We have designed a program that will follow the model of some very successful Pro Se Clinics operating in the NYC Metro area.

What is a pro se clinic?
‘Pro Se’ means ‘in one’s own behalf.’ While the purpose of the Long Island Immigration Clinic is to assist with the need described above, it is staffed by non-attorney volunteers who are supervised by experienced immigrant rights organizers and immigration lawyers. It is not a licensed legal clinic. What it does is help those who come to fill out asylum applications, to identify ways they can obtain legal relief from deportation and detention, to understand their rights so they can fight their own case, or to assist them in locating a pro bono or low bono attorney who will represent them in court. In addition, teams of volunteers help them prepare for court appearances or interviews, and link with existing ‘accompaniment’ programs to accompany and support them at their hearings.

Our History 

 

The Long Island Immigration Clinic has been an evolving vision of immigration advocates on Long Island for several years, most particularly since 2016, when the arrest and detention of undocumented persons in ICE raids became more prevalent on Long Island. In response, a number of organizations, including members of the LIIC Advisory Board, became involved in creating a Rapid Response Network so to be able to mobilize quickly when these unannounced raids would occur. Volunteers were recruited and trained in Accompaniment work, walking alongside and empowering undocumented immigrants to represent themselves at federal court hearings and other appointments.


In 2020, a small group of Sisters of St. Joseph approached these immigrant rights organizations and individuals about initiating a Pro Se Clinic on Long Island to provide assistance with the completion of

asylum applications. In September 2020, an Advisory Board was formed of organizations/individuals
with extensive networks in the immigrant community to begin the groundwork to make this a reality. The Sisters of St. Joseph of Brentwood agreed to be LIIC’s fiduciary sponsor and has provided space on its campus as well as the resources for its renovation for the clinic’s operation, additional seed money

and other in-kind services.


LIIC is primarily a volunteer driven organization that provides training to the volunteers who will assist

the immigrant friends with their asylum paperwork, and who are overseen by pro bono immigration

attorneys and LIIC staff.  The Clinic will launch in early 2022.


When do individuals typically come to the pro se clinic?

• When they recently arrive to this country and they want to apply for asylum
• A loved one has been detained or threatened with deportation
• They have received a deportation notice
• For help with employment and other forms connected with their immigration status

Immigration-Volunteer

What type of volunteers and skills serve clinic needs?
Volunteers act as interpreters, are persons with computer skills (to input individuals’ information into database forms), and serve as note takers to help with the completion of Intakes and the compilation of documentation required in their applications. Volunteers get initial training provided through ZOOM technology. Are you interested in learning more about becoming a volunteer? Visit our Get Involved page!

Where is the Clinic located?

The Clinic will be based on the campus of the Sisters of St. Joseph, located in Brentwood, Long Island. We plan in the future to have available a ‘virtual’ clinic for our immigrant friends who can’t travel to Brentwood, utilizing Zoom technology.

Our Street Address is:

164 3rd Avenue, Brentwood, NY 11717

Our Mailing Address is:
PO Box 34, Brentwood, NY 11717

Our Phone Number is:

631-966-4148

Contact Us

For more information and to volunteer to help,
e-mail info@liimmigrationclinic.org 

 

Advisory Board Member Organizations
Episcopal Diocese of LI, LI Jobs with Justice, RAPP, SEPA Mujer, Sisters of St. Dominic, Sisters of St. Joseph, YAM Community Resource Inc.

 

Under the Fiduciary Sponsorship of the Sisters of St. Joseph, a 501(c)3 organization.