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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.

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

Daniel E. Jackson, Esq.
716-847-0662 x 201

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.  

Tina L. Hartwell, 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, Esq.


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

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.


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


Long Island RIAC Information Brochure

The Immigrant Defense Project (IDP) in New York City helps thousands of immigrants in New York State. Among them are families made up of U.S. citizens and citizens of other countries who would have been torn apart by deportation without proper representation. Previously a NYSDA program, the independent IDP provides training and consultation to public defenders representing immigrants in the criminal and family court systems.

NYSDA works with the NY Indigent Legal Services (ILS) Office and counties to support and publicize Regional Immigration Assistance Centers (RIACs) around the state, created with grants from ILS.

NYSDA has a long-standing commitment to address the potential immigration consequences of criminal and family court proceedings starting in 1997 with the Criminal Defense Immigration Project, a year after Congress made draconian changes to immigration laws that remain in place. In 2010, the U.S. Supreme Court ruled in Padilla v Kentucky that attorneys must advise clients about immigration consequences of criminal case dispositions. NYSDA offered award-winning trainings across the state to help public defense providers implement this constitutional obligation.

IDP Launches Pardon: The Immigrant Clemency Project

The Immigrant Defense Project has launched a new Immigrant Clemency Project "that aims to protect immigrants and to push back against policies that disempower and marginalize people with criminal histories." According to the project website, "IDP is partnering with The Fortune Society (Fortune) to screen potential applicants on the PardonNY hotline. Since 1967, The Fortune Society has served as a resource to address the complex and overlapping needs of individuals released from incarceration. Fortune’s David Rothenberg Center for Public Policy (DRCPP) works to build equitable legal systems and alternative approaches to justice, change counterproductive laws and policies, advance effective program models, and shift public perception. For more information, visit Pardon: The Immigrant Clemency Project or call the pardon hotline at (413) 749-4803.

Practice Advisories

Missed Deadlines for Filing a Notice of Appeal: CPL § 460.30 to the Rescue (NYSDA 2009)

Deferred Action As Relief From Removal Is Now Available! (NYSDA 2012)

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