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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.


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
Rome 13440

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.

Craig J. Small


Mid-Hudson RIAC Information Brochure

Region 5: New York City: Bronx, Kings, New York, Queens, and Richmond.


Padilla Support Center

Immigrant Defense Project
40 W 39th Street, 5th Floor
New York, NY 10018

Padilla Support Center

Online Intake Form

Padilla Support 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.

For Suffolk County assigned counsel, contact:
Elana Rodman, Esq.


Long Island RIAC Information Brochure
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