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
  • In deportation proceedings
  • Undocumented, which means you are living in the United States without the proper paperwork
  • In foster care
  • Pregnant or caring for a child
  • Homeless and/or living without your parents
  • 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
  • Having problems with your landlord
  • Being victimized or stalked
  • In need of proper forms of personal identification, such as a birth certificate, passport, non-driver’s license, etc.

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 2:00 p.m. - 5:00 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.  Examples of emergency situations include:

  • Losing your housing, also called eviction
  • Losing your public benefits
  • Physical danger or violence
  • Deportation proceedings
  • Risk of having your children removed and put into foster care by the New York City Administration for Children’s Services (ACS)
  • Being a victim of human trafficking, meaning that someone has illegally brought you to this country in exchange for payments or other benefits

Try to bring all relevant paperwork with you to your appointment.

New Criminal Law Clinic

The Legal Services Center is proud to announce the launch of a new Criminal Law Clinic for Door members who are involved in the criminal justice system.

This clinic will help youth:

  • Understand the charges they are facing and the possible outcomes and penalties
  • Connect with their court-appointed public defenders
  • Know when and where to appear for their next court date
  • Identify what materials they should bring to court
  • Understand how to comply with criminal dispositions

Additionally this clinic will work with victims of crime by explaining their rights.

The Criminal Law Clinic will meet every Tuesday from 3-5PM. Young people are asked to sign up in advance with the Legal Services Center. Please contact Sara Rosales for additional details.

DACA- Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals

Interested in DACA? The Door can help you apply and may also be able to cover the application fees! DACA allows young people who came to the United States prior to June 15, 2007 to obtain a work permit and proper ID. To get help with DACA, become a Door member or contact Sara Rosales at srosales@door.org.

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:

Cahill Gordon & Reindel LLP

Chadbourne & Parke, LLP

Fried, Frank, Harris, Shriver & Jacobson, LLP

McDermott Will & Emery

Milbank, Tweed, Hadley & McCloy LLP

Quinn Emanuel Urquhart & Sullivan, LLP

Simpson Thacher & Bartlett, LLP

Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom LLP & Affiliates

To learn more about the Legal Services Center, contact srosales@door.org or call 212-941-9090, ext. 3280.

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