March 3, 2011
CLRN and the YMCA of Greater New York (“the Y”) have partnered to address the needs of New York City’s ever-growing immigrant community and to uphold the Y’s history of helping individuals, families and communities adapt to their new circumstances. CLRN and the Y’s New Americans Initiative aspires to address the pressing legal needs of new immigrants as they seek to establish a firm foundation in their new country. The Y found that legal services were often the number one need of new immigrants as they seek to address immigration, housing and employment-related legal issues. To address this problem and fully serve some of its most vulnerable constituents, the Y reached out to CLRN to provide lawyers for centers in all five boroughs.
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(l-r) Diosdado Gica, Sr. Director of the Y’s New Americans Initiative, Dana Feinberg, Executive Director of the Cross Island YMCA, Council Member Mark S. Weprin and Ben Flavin, Community Legal Resource Network’s (CLRN) Special Projects Manager (sitting) meets with a client. Photo credit: Cross Island YMCA.