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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.

Attorney General James and Governor Cuomo Announce Lawsuit Against Queens Landlord for Violating Rent Stabilization Laws And Tenant Harassment

Earlier this month Attorney General Letitia James and Governor Andrew M. Cuomo announced a lawsuit against Zara Realty Holding Corp., its principals, and affiliated entities for repeatedly violating rent stabilization laws and harassing tenants at their Queens apartment buildings. The defendants, who own and manage at least 2,500 rent-stabilized apartments in 38 buildings in and around Jamaica, Queens, have taken advantage of their tenants, who are largely immigrant middle- and low-income families, by charging them illegal fees and rents, and requiring that they sign illegal leases.

The complaint, filed in New York State Supreme Court, alleges that Zara Realty has spent years evading and circumventing rent stabilization laws in order to scam tenants out of thousands upon thousands of dollars. Zara Realty often illegally demands and charges new tenants illegal key money, room reservation fees, advanced rent, and excessive security deposits. Tenants who continue to reside in Zara Realty buildings are often illegally charged late fees and fees for services to which they are entitled to for free such as regular apartment maintenance.

For years, Catholic Migration Services has represented Queens tenants who have fallen victim to the harassment and unscrupulous tactics of Zara Realty. Providing legal, advocacy and organizing resources, Catholic Migration Services continues to combat predatory landlords and represents low-income New Yorkers living in Queens free of charge.

Read the full press release from the New York Attorney General’s Office: Attorney General James and Governor Cuomo Announce Lawsuit Against Queens Landlord for Violating Rent Stabilization Laws And Tenant Harassment

Nunca es tarde para que un inmigrante aplique por la ciudadanía

Durante el reciente taller de naturalización el pasado 9 de Marzo junto al Abogados de Nueva York para el Interés Público (New York Lawyers for the Public Interest/NYLPI en inglés), Servicios Católicos de Migración ayudaron Residentes Legales Permanentes con sus aplicaciones para solicitar la ciudadanía estadounidense. En este taller, ambos organizaciones contaron con la participación de voluntarios y intérpretes de Cleary Gottlieb Steen & Hamilton LLP; Fried, Frank, Harris, Shriver & Jacobson LLP, y Goldman Sachs. Tilda, una clienta de Servicios Católicos de Migración comparta su experiencia y como llegó a conocer la organización y sus servicios.

Lea la historia completa en El Diario: Nunca es tarde para que un inmigrante aplique por la ciudadanía

¿Una multa vial o un pleito con el casero podrían afectar el proceso de naturalización ante USCIS?

Por si te lo perdiste:

Cuando un Residente Legal Permanente comienza el proceso para solicitar la naturalización, es importante tener el “buen carácter moral” (Good Moral Character/GMC por sus siglas en inglés). Es uno de los requisitos básicos para que un inmigrante con su Green Card (Tarjeta Verde en inglés) puede aplicar por la ciudadanía. En un entrevista con El Diario, Servicios Catolicos de Migracion y Abogados de Nueva York para el Interés Público (New York Lawyers for the Public Interest/NYLPI, en inglés) responden a estas preguntas y otras.

Lea la historia completa en El Diario: ¿Una multa vial o un pleito con el casero podrían afectar el proceso de naturalización ante USCIS?

Free naturalization clinic held in Brooklyn Heights

On Saturday, March 9th Catholic Migration Services and New York Lawyers for the Public Interest joined forces once again to host a free naturalization workshop for eligible green card holders in Brooklyn Heights. The workshop assisted more than 40 Lawful Permanent Residents get one step closer toward becoming a U.S. citizen.

See News 12 Brooklyn’s news segment: Free naturalization clinic held in Brooklyn Heights

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