June 13 2018

Katz’ Know Your Rights Week For Immigrants, June 25-29 (Western Queens Gazette)

(L. to r.): Leena Khandwala, Supervising Attorney, Immigration Law Unit, Legal Aid Society; David Colodny, Director of Legal Services, Catholic Migration Services; Carmencita Gutierrez, Immigrant Affairs Director, Queens District Attorney’s Office; Queens Borough President Melinda Katz; Nadia Gareeb, Executive Director, Queens Legal Services; and John Park, Executive Director, MinKwon Center for Community Action.

Borough President Melinda Katz and her Immigration Task Force, in conjunction with US Congress Members Gregory Meeks, Grace Meng and in partnership with NYS Senators Michael N. Gianaris, Jose Peralta, Toby Ann Stavisky, Assembly Member Jeffrion Aubry, and City Council Members Daniel Dromm and Rory Lancman, announced details of their upcoming “Know Your Rights Week,” a series of free informational workshops and confidential legal clinics for immigrants in five neighborhoods, between June 25-29, throughout Queens, where immigrants make up nearly half of its 2.3 million residents. The week will consist of five events across Elmhurst, Flushing, Jackson Heights, Jamaica and Sunnyside.

The centerpiece event of the week will be the 2018 Immigration Resource Fair on Thursday, June 28 from 4:00 – 9:00 PM at Queens Center shopping mall located at 90-15 Queens Boulevard in Elmhurst. The annual fair connects people with over 30 organizations, including government agencies, legal resources, nonprofits and local businesses that serve the borough’s immigrant community. Resource tables will be set up on Level 2 of the Queens Center mall; a free and confidential legal clinic will be on Level 3 of Queens Center, where attorneys will be on hand to address issues related to immigration, housing and employment.

“We are in deeply troubling times,” Borough President Katz said. “Our country’s increasingly dehumanizing immigration laws and procedures are tearing families apart, even in a sanctuary city like New York. Broad raids and sweeps of immigration enforcement, even of those without a criminal record, have successfully spread fear and imposed a chilling effect on everyday activities and responsibilities. But we are a nation of immigrants, and Queens is about all of our families’ futures. In partnership with a host of organizations and colleagues in local government, we are pleased to hold the first – but certainly not the last – Know Your Rights Week for Immigrants, designed to connect our various communities to committed legal experts, advocates and other resources. Together, we will do everything possible to help counteract the hostility of the current political climate. Queens has your back.”

All services and legal consultations provided during the week will be free and confidential; appointments are recommended for most of the events, although walk-ins are also welcome at all events. People are encouraged to ask questions with immigration lawyers, experts and advocates, and seek guidance on the rights that immigrants are afforded under the law. Among the services offered will be legal advice on removal proceedings, clinics on the naturalization process and the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program, and one-on-one consultations for individuals who are in removal proceedings or are seeking asylum.

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The full schedule for the 2018 Know Your Rights Week for Immigrants is as follows:

Mon, June 25: The Legal Aid Society will provide screenings for individuals facing removal (deportation) proceedings. Time: 6:00 pm – 8:00 pm. Location: The Queens Library at Jackson Heights, 35-51 81st Street, Jackson Heights. Languages on-site: English, French, Spanish. Additional languages will be interpreted through a telephone interpretation service. Appointments: Walk-ins are welcome but appointments are recommended. Please email immhelp@legal-aid.org for an appointment. Anyone with an appointment should bring their Notice to Appear and any other immigration documents related to their case.

Tue, June 26: Queens Legal Services will offer a legal clinic on naturalization issues. Time: 9:30 am to 1:00 pm. Location: Queens Legal Services, 89-00 Sutphin Boulevard, 5th Floor, Jamaica. Languages on-site: English, Korean, Spanish. Additional languages will be interpreted through a telephone interpretation service. Appointments: Please call for an appointment at (917) 661-4500.

Wed, June 27: MinKwon Center for Community Action will hold a clinic on issues related to the federal Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program. Time: 10:00 am – 5:00 pm. Location: MinKwon Center for Community Action, 136-19 41st Avenue, 3rd Floor, Flushing. Languages on-site: Services will be provided in English, Chinese (Mandarin), Japanese, Korean, Spanish. Appointments: Please contact Eri Cahill for an appointment at 718-460-5600 Ext. 505 or at eri.cahill@minkwon.org.

Thu, June 28: Borough President Katz and her Immigration Task Force will hold their 2018 Immigration Resource Fair in partnership with District Attorney Richard A. Brown, State Senator Toby Ann Stavisky, Assembly Member Jeffrion Aubry and City Council Member Daniel Dromm. Time: 4:00 – 9:00 pm Location: Queens Center mall, 90-15 Queens Boulevard, Elmhurst

 Level 2 of Macy’s wing will have resource tables staffed by more than 30 organizations from 4:00 – 9:00 pm

 Level 3 of Macy’s wing will host a legal clinic on immigration, housing and employment from 4:00 – 7:30 pm

Languages on-site: English, Bengali, Chinese (Mandarin), Croatian, Korean, Russian, Spanish, Tagalog. Appointments: Walk-ins only, no appointments.

Fri, June 29: Catholic Migration Services will offer one-on-one consultations for those in removal proceedings or who are seeking asylum. Time: 9:00 am – 4:00 pm. Location: Catholic Migration Services, 47-01 Queens Boulevard, Room 203, Sunnyside. Languages on-site: English. Additional languages will be interpreted through a telephone interpretation service. Appointments: Please call for an appointment at (347) 472-3500 and mention “Know Your Rights Week: Immigrants” when calling.

Partners in the June 2018 Know Your Rights Week for Immigrants include Asian Americans for Equality, Catholic Charities of Brooklyn & Queens, Catholic Migration Services, the Charles B. Wang Community Health Center, the Legal Aid Society, the MinKwon Center for Community Action, NYC Emergency Management, the New York City Human Resources Administration, the NYS Department of Labor, Division of Immigrant Policies & Affairs, Queens Legal Services and the Queens Library’s New Americans Program.