Programs & Services

Legal and Immigration Services

Know your rights

It is important to understand your legal rights as a young person living in New York City.  The Door’s Legal Services Center is here to provide you with different kinds of legal counsel.  We offer services in English, Spanish and Mandarin, and can access translators for many other languages.  We can help if you are:

  • A recent immigrant, undocumented (living in the United States without the proper paperwork), or currently in deportation proceedings
  • In foster care
  • Pregnant or caring for a child
  • Homeless and/or living without your parents, or having issues with your landlord
  • In need of public benefits, such as Section 8 housing, food stamps, Medicaid or welfare, social security, etc.
  • In need of help with family law issues such as paternity, child support, domestic violence, child custody and visitation rights
  • Being victimized or stalked
  • In need of proper forms of personal identification, such as a birth certificate, passport, non-driver’s license, etc.

Additional Services

Beyond the needs listed above, we also provide additional legal services. We hold a criminal law clinic at The Door every Thursday from 3 p.m. to 5 p.m., to provide information to young adults who are currently involved in the criminal legal system. Examples include transit tickets, arrest warrants, court dates, rap sheets and more. Contact Marlene Berroa at for more information. We also provide application support for Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA), which can allow young people who came to the United States prior to June 15, 2007 to obtain a work permit and proper ID.

To Make an Appointment

The first step to getting legal help is to become a Door member.  Once you are a member, there are two ways you can make an appointment:

  • Walk in to our offices on the 3rd floor of The Door anytime Monday through Friday from 2 p.m. - 5 p.m.
  • Call 212-941-9090, ext. 3280.  If no one answers the phone, please leave a message and speak slowly, clearly and leave a phone number where we can call you back.  Say your name and phone number twice so we can be sure to get the right information.

Emergency Intake

If you believe that your situation is an emergency, please alert a staff member in the Legal Services Center so that we can provide you with help as soon as possible.  Emergency situations include losing your housing (eviction), losing public benefits, physical danger or violence, deportation proceedings, risk of having your child/children removed and put into foster care, or being a victim of human trafficking (meaning someone has brought you illegally to this country in exchange for payments or other benefits).

Pro Bono Support

The Legal Services Center is grateful to our private law firm partners who make it possible for us to meet our clients’ needs. Current partners include:

Arnold & Porter Kaye Scholer LLP

Baker & McKenzie LLP

Cahill Gordon & Reindel LLP

Chadbourne & Parke LLP

Cleary Gottlieb Steen & Hamilton LLP

Dechert LLP

Fried, Frank, Harris, Shriver & Jacobson LLP

Milbank, Tweed, Hadley & McCloy LLP

Proskauer Rose LLP

Shearman & Sterling LLP

Simpson Thacher & Bartlett LLP

To learn more about the Legal Services Center, contact Marlene Berroa at or call 212-941-9090, ext. 3280.

For additional help, visit Resources for Immigrants.


 The work of the Legal Services Center is made possible in part by a grant from The New York Bar Foundation.