Bronx Immigrants Learn About Rights

Volunteers helped over 30 attendees with documentation and a protections safety checklist, at the third Bronx Immigration Partnership Clinic in Mott Haven on Sept. 27. (Photo by Allyson Escobar via Mott Haven Herald)

The Bronx office of Legal Services NYC hosted its third Bronx Immigration Partnership Clinic in Mott Haven to inform immigrants about immigration policies and executive orders, what to do in case of an ICE-related emergency, and applying for citizenship, writes Allyson Escobar for Mott Haven Herald.

“We started these workshops soon after the election, because we wanted people to be prepared and informed about laws, which are changing all the time,” said Terry Lawson, director of the Family and Immigration Unit at Bronx Legal Services. “There’s a lot of confusion. Our biggest motivation for the partnership is to prevent fraud, frankly by bad immigration practitioners or notarios. If we don’t step up to provide information and outreach, vulnerable immigrant families can become prey to these bad actors, who will charge them thousands and get them deported.”

The grassroots collaboration Lawson helps oversee,  The Bronx Immigration Partnership, brings together Bronx legal and social services providers to provide services centered around the needs of immigrants.

African immigrant Segun Oguns praised the workshop: “Most people in the community don’t have awareness of what’s going on, or what they could do to prevent deportation. Here, I feel safe to ask questions.”

Go to Mott Haven Herald for more on the “Know Your Rights” card each attendee received and hear from one of the volunteers who met one-on-one with the immigrants.

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