Regional Immigration Assistance Centers, funded by the New York State
Office of Indigent Legal Services, are responsible for ensuring that
public defense practitioners within each designated region have access
to the training and legal support necessary to provide competent advice
to a non-citizen client as to potential immigration consequences of a
criminal conviction in compliance with Padilla v. Kentucky,
130 S. Ct. 1473 (2010). These Regional Centers also provide support
and assistance to counsel providing mandated representation to a parent
or other adult in family court proceedings that require competent advice
on immigration issues that may impact their parental rights.
Click here for Contact information for ALL RIAC Centers
Region 1: Western New York Region: Allegany, Cattaraugus, Cayuga, Chautauqua,
Erie, Genesee, Livingston, Monroe, Niagara, Ontario, Orleans, Seneca, Steuben, Wayne, Wyoming, and Yates.
WNY Immigration Assistance Center
8th Judicial District:
Erie County Bar Association
Volunteer Lawyers Project
237 Main St., Ste 1000
Buffalo, NY 14203
Sophie I. Feal, Esq.
716-847-0662 x 314
7th Judicial District:
Legal Aid Society of Rochester
One West Main St., Suite 800
Rochester, NY 14614
Wedade Abdallah, Esq.
The Immigration Program at Volunteer Lawyers Project, Inc.
WNY Immigration Assistance Center Brochure
Region 2: Central New York Region: Broome, Chemung, Chenango, Cortland, Delaware, Herkimer, Jefferson, Lewis, Madison, Oneida, Onondaga, Oswego, Otsego, Schuyler, Tioga, and Tompkins.
NY Regional Immigration Assistance Center, Region 2
Oneida County Courthouse
302 N. James Street
Sharon L. Ames, Esq.
Robert Reittinger, Esq.
RIAC2 Information Brochure
Region 3: Northern New York Region: Albany, Clinton, Essex, Franklin, Fulton, Hamilton, Montgomery, Rensselaer, Saint Lawrence, Saratoga, Schenectady, Schoharie, Warren, and Washington
Albany County Regional Immigration Assistance Center
112 State Street, Suite 720
Albany, New York 12207
James P. Milstein, Esq.
518-447-7761 or 518-423-1719
Evelyn A. Kinnah, Esq.
Albany RIAC Information Brochure
Region 4: Hudson Valley Region: Columbia, Dutchess, Greene, Orange, Putnam, Rockland, Sullivan, Ulster, and Westchester.
Regional Immigration Assistance Center Mid-Hudson Region 4
Legal Aid Society of Westchester County
150 Grand Street, First Floor
White Plains, NY 10509
Robert Horne, Esq.
Mid-Hudson RIAC Information Brochure
Region 6: Long Island: Nassau and Suffolk.
Regional Immigration Assistance Center - Region 6
Legal Aid Society of Suffolk County, Inc.
Cohalan Court Complex
400 Carleton Ave., 4th Floor
Central Islip, NY 11722-4504
Legal Aid Society of Nassau County
40 Main St., 3rd Floor
Hempstead, NY 11550
For Nassau County assigned counsel, contact:
Michelle Caldera-Kopf, Esq.
Christina M. Gaudio, Esq.
For Suffolk County assigned counsel, contact:
Elana Rodman, Esq.
Donna Zac, Esq.
Long Island RIAC Information Brochure