The Immigrant Affairs Unit addresses the victimization of immigrants. Immigrants seeking residency or citizenship are often preyed upon by criminals who steal from them by employing a variety of schemes. Deceitful attorneys or other individuals and agencies that offer assistance to immigrants may demand large sums of money for services they have no intention or ability to provide. Undocumented immigrants may also be targeted for criminal schemes and exploitation related to their employment, wages, and housing. The program is meant to aid and encourage both documented and undocumented immigrant victims and witnesses who may fear cooperating with law enforcement because of their immigration status.
Regardless of immigration status, individuals with concerns or issues related to their immigration status and the criminal justice system can make complaints over the telephone to the Immigration Affairs Unit Hotline at 212-335-3600.
To file a complaint against an attorney with an office in Manhattan or the Bronx:
Departmental Disciplinary Committee (DDC), 1st Dept.
NYC Bar Association Legal Referral Service
To file a complaint against an Immigration Service Provider:
NYC Department of Consumer Affairs
NY Immigration Hotline
NYS Unified Court System, Attorney Registration Unit