Three-Day Hotline to Inform Trump-Wary Immigrants on Their Rights

New York City Commissioner on Human Rights Carmelyn P. Malalis in her office. (Photo by Mariela Lombard via El Diario)

New York City Commissioner on Human Rights Carmelyn P. Malalis in her office. (Photo by Mariela Lombard via El Diario)

Donald Trump’s election as the next president of the United States has generated a wave of fear and uncertainty regarding the future of immigrants living in the country.

While New Yorkers have many questions about the immigration policies the federal government may take and other issues affecting them, Mayor Bill de Blasio’s message has focused on encouraging people to get informed about their rights and to get acquainted with assistance and protection programs offered by the city.

For this reason, and aiming to help the residents of the Big Apple clarify all the doubts currently on their minds, El Diario – in a joint effort with Univisión 41, Wado 1280, the Office for New Americans, the New York Immigration Coalition, Catholic Charities and the city’s Commission on Human Rights – will hold a special information campaign beginning on Tuesday, Dec. 6.

This was announced by New York City Commissioner on Human Rights Carmelyn P. Malalis, who explained that dozens of volunteers will be answering phone calls for three days to respond to all types of inquiries.

“This campaign will provide specific information on a number of areas, such as immigration and human rights, offered by Spanish-speakers to allow people to learn about their options in more detail,” said the public official. “If any of the questions are beyond our jurisdiction, we will connect callers with other agencies. However, it is important for people to call and clarify the doubts that have been arising in the last few weeks.”

The commissioner stressed that, as Mayor de Blasio has said on several occasions, New York’s goal is to continue to protect all immigrants equally, whether they have documents or not.

“We all realize that this is a moment of high uncertainty, and many people have many questions after the election, such as where to find resources, questions about their rights as undocumented immigrants or what they can do if they are victims of harassment or a hate crime,” said the commissioner, pointing out that, alongside the Mayor’s Office of Immigrant Affairs and the New York City Police Department (NYPD) they have formed a workgroup to guarantee that the most vulnerable populations are not attacked.

“Mayor de Blasio has expressed that this is one of his administration’s main priorities, and these three agencies are collaborating and working together as one voice in New York, and we are ready to provide any services and assistance that people may need,” she said.

“In New York, we will not allow anyone to be discriminated against, and we are committed to using all the resources in our power to protect people’s rights aggressively,” said the head of the government agency in charge of protecting human rights in the Big Apple.

“New York has never been a city where divisive policies have been allowed to reach our communities or divide us, and people must know that New York immigrants are part of the deepest fiber of our city, which is why we are stressing that no one may be discriminated against for being undocumented,” she added.

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Hotline information

  • People looking to ask questions about immigration and learn more about their rights and the assistance programs offered by the city may call 1-800-566-7636.
  • The hotline will be active on Dec. 6, 7 and 8 between 4 and 7 p.m.
  • All calls will be strictly confidential.
  • Additionally, experts will be available to answer questions regarding legal protection against discrimination and harassment at work and in housing.

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