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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.

Scroll down for contact information for the 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: Legal Aid Bureau of Buffalo/Ontario County Office of the Public Defender

8th Judicial District
Legal Aid Bureau of Buffalo
Sophie I. Feal, Esq.
Supervising Immigration Attorney
(716) 853-9555 ext. 269
290 Main Street, Suite 400
Buffalo, NY 14202


7th Judicial District

Ontario County Office of the Public Defender

Leanne Lapp, Esq. (Public Defender)
(585) 396-4612
20 Ontario St., Ground Floor
Canandaigua, NY 14424


WNY RIAC 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, NY 13440

Sharon L. Ames, Esq.
315-356-5794 x222
315-272-0505 (cell)  

Tina L. Hartwell, Esq.
315-356-5794 x223
315-264-9217 (cell)


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

Evelyn A. Kinnah, Esq.


Bakary Janneh


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

Sponsored by:
Legal Aid Society of Westchester County
150 Grand Street, First Floor
White Plains, NY 10509

Robert Horne, Esq.
Managing Attorney

Craig J. Small, Esq.


Mid-Hudson RIAC Information Brochure
Immigration Consult Intake Form for Region 4

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

Marie Mark, Esq.

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:
Jackeline Saavedra-Arizaga, Esq. or
929-279-3628 (cell)


For Suffolk County assigned counsel, contact:
Elizabeth L. Tonne-Daims, Esq. or

929-266-9881 (cell)



Long Island RIAC Information Brochure

The Immigrant Defense Project (IDP) in New York City has helped thousands of immigrants in New York State. Begun as a NYSDA initiative, the independent IDP not only houses the Padilla Support Center noted in the RIAC list above, but also provides other defender support; engages in or supports impact litigation; provides legal training, often in partnership with NYSDA or others; files amicus briefs and provides other assistance in post-conviction cases; offers legal advice on the immigration consequences of contact with Criminal and Family Courts; advocates for reforms to end the vilification and mass deportation of immigrants, particularly those with criminal convictions; and engages in community defense work geared toward building the capacity of advocates and directly-impacted people to respond to criminal-immigration issues.

IDP also provides Resources, including practice advisories and other materials for criminal defense attorneys and Family Court attorneys. And it has created Pardon: The Immigrant Clemency Project, which aims to protect immigrants and push back against policies that disempower and marginalize those with criminal histories.

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