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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
sfeal@legalaidbuffalo.org
290 Main Street, Suite 400
Buffalo, NY 14202
https://legalaidbuffalo.org/regional-immigration-assistance-center/

 

7th Judicial District

Ontario County Office of the Public Defender

Leanne Lapp, Esq. (Public Defender)
(585) 396-4612
Leanne.Lapp@co.ontario.ny.us
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)
sames@ocgov.net  

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

 

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
518-447-4890

Evelyn A. Kinnah, Esq.
Evelyn.Kinnah@albanycounty.com

 

Bakary Janneh
Bakary.Janneh@albanycountyny.gov

 

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
914-286-3410

Robert Horne, Esq.
Managing Attorney
914-286-3408
RHorne@laswest.org

Craig J. Small, Esq.
914-286-3409
CJSmall@laswest.org

 

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
212-725-6422

Marie Mark, Esq.
marie@immdefense.org

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
631-853-7770

Legal Aid Society of Nassau County
40 Main St., 3rd Floor
Hempstead, NY 11550
516-560-6400

For Nassau County assigned counsel, contact:
Jackeline Saavedra-Arizaga, Esq.
jsaavedraarizaga@sclas.org or LIRIAC@sclas.org
631-853-7807
929-279-3628 (cell)

 

For Suffolk County assigned counsel, contact:
Elizabeth L. Tonne-Daims, Esq.
etonne-daims@nclas.org or SuffolkLIRIAC@nclas.org
516-560-6474

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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