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Update from Catholic Migration Services Regarding Office Operations and Assisting Clients During COVID-19

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Catholic Migration Services is continuing to assist existing and new clients during the COVID-19 (Coronavirus) outbreak. However, we have limited our office operations to reduce health risks to visitors, staff and volunteers. For the health and safety of all, please do not come to our offices unless instructed to do so by a staff member of Catholic Migration Services.

For Individuals with Scheduled Appointments
If you already have an appointment scheduled to meet with someone at Catholic Migration Services, a staff member from our office will contact you to discuss holding the appointment by phone or rescheduling for a later date.

For Individuals Seeking Legal Assistance for the First Time
If you do not have an appointment scheduled and are seeking assistance, please see below for information about how to obtain immigration, housing or employment legal services.

Immigration
If you are not a client and are calling for immigration help, please call (718) 236-3000 in Brooklyn or (347) 472-3500 in Queens and leave a message. We will return your message and schedule a time for you to speak by phone with one of our attorneys or immigration counselors.

Housing
Please be advised that Housing Court has been closed since Tuesday, March 17th until further notice, except for emergencies such as illegal lockouts and emergency repairs. Please know that all evictions will be put on hold until further notice. If you are a Queens resident and have questions about evictions, rent or repair issues, please call (347) 472-3500 (Catholic Migration Services) or 311 (New York City help line).

For additional housing assistance, please contact:
Andrew Lehrer, Esq. – ext. 1026
Amy Collado, Tenant Organizer – ext. 1021
Ahren Lahvis, Paralegal – ext. 1027

Workers’ Rights
The Coronavirus pandemic has had a devastating impact on workers. While our offices remain physically closed, Catholic Migration Services continues to provide critical legal services to low-wage and immigrant workers. In addition to providing advice and legal representation on general employment matters, such as wage theft, we are now also providing advice to workers directly impacted by this pandemic, including those with workplace health and safety concerns and those who have recently lost their jobs. Our hotline is open! To speak with an attorney, please call (877) 52-LABOR (52267) Monday through Friday from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. ¡Hablamos Español!

Events
The safety of our community is our priority at all times. As a result, Catholic Migration Services has suspended all events and outreach activities including our monthly community meetings at St. Sebastian Parish in Woodside. We encourage vulnerable individuals to exercise caution and stay safe. Thank you for your patience and understanding during this health emergency.

Additional Information
For additional updates, please regularly visit the organization website and social media channels:
www.catholicmigration.org
www.Facebook.com/CMSBQ
www.Twitter.com/CMSBQ
www.Instagram.com/CMSBQ

Download this update as a PDF.

Queens Naturalization Workshop Assists Green Card Holders on the Road to Citizenship

On Saturday, June 22nd immigrant rights advocates from Catholic Migration Services, New York Lawyers for the Public Interest and legal partners with Cleary Gottlieb, Fried Frank and Goldman Sachs offered free one-on-one guidance on naturalization applications at LaGuardia Community College. “In one day, we were able to assist over 50 lawful permanent residents begin their journey to U.S. citizenship. We couldn’t do this important work without all of your commitment to the immigrant community and graciously offering your time on a Saturday” said Chloe Moore, naturalization counselor with Catholic Migration Services.

In addition to having a great turnout, immigrant rights advocates were able to save applicants thousands of dollars on application fees. Volunteers helped to complete 36 full and partial fee waivers, totaling a savings of $23,265


Media Coverage:

Naturalization Clinic in Queens, aired June 22nd – Visiones, WNBC-TV
Free Naturalization Clinic, aired June 22nd – NBC Today, WNBC-TV
Ofrecen taller gratuito sobre ciudadanía para todos los residentes del área triestatal, aired June 13th – Edicion Digital Nueva York, WXTV Univision 41
[Photos: Catholic Migration Services]

Simpson Thacher & Bartlett LLP Honored at 5th Annual Sunset Reception

On Thursday, June 13, at the 5th Annual Sunset Reception in Brooklyn, Catholic Migration Services honored Simpson Thacher & Bartlett LLP, recipient of the 2019 Public Service Award for outstanding pro bono work to help New York’s immigrants become U.S. citizens.

Simpson Thacher & Bartlett LLP has offered invaluable support to the naturalization efforts of Catholic Migration Services, providing attorneys, paralegals, volunteers, and interns for naturalization workshops.

“With their support, Catholic Migration Services has been able to significantly increase the amount of Legal Permanent Residents we are able to serve. Last year the naturalization team assisted over 600 LPRs”, said Chloe Moore, Naturalization Coordinator. “Simpson Thacher & Bartlett LLP has helped field over 700 hotline calls, getting in touch with hotline callers, completing a basic preliminary screening for naturalization, and then scheduling them for intake at the offices in Brooklyn and Queens.”

Thank you for supporting the 5th Annual Sunset Reception. It was a successful event that, like in past years have brought together the New York and Brooklyn law communities to help raise funds to enable Catholic Migration Services to carry out its mission of “welcoming the stranger in our midst.” A great opportunity to mix, mingle, and network with a community dedicated to social justice, we hope you will continue to support our work in underserved immigrant communities in Brooklyn and Queens.

[Photos: Catholic Foundation of Brooklyn and Queens]

Thank You to Our Diamond Sponsors!

 

 

Thank You to Our Gold Sponsors!

Cleary Gottlieb Steen & Hamilton LLP
Cullen and Dykman LLP
Mark & Suzanne Colodny

Thank You to Our Silver Sponsors!

Iannelli Construction Co., Inc.

Thank You to Our Bronze Sponsors!

Cohen, Weiss and Simon LLP
Michael J. Holland, Esq. and Patricia Holland
Levy Ratner, P.C.
Moris Duffy Alonso & Faley
Rosato Firm P.C.

5th Annual Sunset with Catholic Migration Services

Our 5th Annual Sunset Reception is scheduled for Thursday, June 13th, at the
Pierrepont House in Brooklyn. Fill out the form below to reserve your ticket.
Download the invitation as a PDF here.

5th Annual Sunset
A Reception with Catholic Migration Services
to benefit Catholic Migration Services and further its mission

honoring
Simpson Thacher & Bartlett LLP

Thursday, June 13, 2018 at 6:00 p.m.
Pierrepont House
55 Pierrepont Street, Brooklyn NY 11201
__________________________________________

Contact:
Lauren McCormack
(718) 965-7375 ext. 1628
LMccormack@catholicmigration.org

Click here for Sponsorship Details

Arman taller gratis para que hispanos en Nueva York apliquen por la ciudadanía ante USCIS

En otra colaboracion con New York Lawyers for the Public Interest (NYLPI por sus siglas en inglés) Servicios Católicos de Migración organizará un taller de naturalización gratuita en Brooklyn, sabado, el 9 de Marzo de 2019. Aquellos personas eligibles e interesado deben llamar (212) 225-4400 o envia un mensaje de texto a (718) 866-3687.

Taller de Naturalización
Cuando: Sabado, 9 de Marzo de 2019 desde la 9:00 a.m. hasta la 5:00 p.m.
Donde: Pierrepont House ubicada en 55 Pierrepont Street, Brooklyn, NY 11201
Nota: Para registrarse para este taller, favor de llamar (212) 225-4400 o envia un mensaje de texto a (718) 866-3687.

Lea la historia completa en El Diario: Arman taller gratis para que hispanos en Nueva York apliquen por la ciudadanía ante USCIS

¿Deben inmigrantes aplicar a la ciudadanía ante nuevas políticas de USCIS?

Para aquellos que dudan si deben aplicar para la ciudadanía, especialmente durante este clima político, es viable y necesario. Servicios Católicos de Migración junto con New York Lawyers for the Public Interest (NYLPI por sus siglas en inglés) están colaborando otra vez para un taller de naturalización sábado, 28 de Julio en LaGuardia Community College.

Taller de Naturalización
Cuando: Sabado, 28 de Julio 2018 desde la 9:00 a.m. hasta la 5:00 p.m.
Donde: LaGuardia Community College ubicada en 31-10 Thomson Avenue, E Atrium, Long Island City, NY 11101.
Nota: Para registrarse para este taller, favor de llamar (212) 225-4400 o envia un mensaje de texto a (718) 866-3687.
Haga clic aquí para descargar el folleto como PDF en Español o in English.

Para aprender más sobre el proceso, los requisitos y detalles para el taller, lea la historia completa por El Diario: ¿Deben inmigrantes aplicar a la ciudadanía ante nuevas políticas de USCIS?