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Legal & Direct Aid Resources

Catholic Charities

Catholic Charities Community Services of Dutchess County (CCCSDC) helps solve the problems of local individuals in need: the neglected child, the homeless family, the newly arrived immigrant or refugee, the hungry senior, or the newly unemployed for non-Catholics and Catholics alike. CCCSDC is a resource for needy families and individuals in Dutchess County, offering a wide array of free and professionally administered direct services to county residents at our main office in downtown Poughkeepsie and throughout the county.

Green Light

The mission of Green Light NY: Driving Together is to ensure equal access to driver’s licenses for all residents of New York State, regardless of immigration status.

Learn about how to prepare to apply for a New York State Drivers License

Hudson Valley Justice Center

Hudson Valley Justice Center is based in Westchester County and provides legal aid and assistance accessing health care and other important programs. Lawyers at Hudson Valley Legal Services can help you open a new case, or offer defense if you have to appear in immigration court.

Know Your Rights

Immigrants’ Rights

Regardless of your immigration status, you have guaranteed rights under the Constitution. Learn more here about your rights as an immigrant, and how to express them.



Office of New Americans

Office for New Americans

ONA Opportunity Centers offer free and confidential legal aid to pursue legal status, or legal presence through programs like Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals.

Ulster Immigrant Defence Network

Help with household needs including food, clothing, furniture, school supplies, and emergency financial aid;
Assist individuals who want to get a driver’s license.
Provide rent and utilities assistance;
Information and referrals for legal support, healthcare, social services, time-sensitive problems, and more through our helpline, 1-888-726-7276;
Arrange for safe spaces and sanctuary;
Respond to ICE actions;

Arrange transportation and/or accompaniment for health care and school-related appointments, court appearances, ICE check-ins, and other official meetings. The more notice we have, the more likely we will be able to help. No rides can be arranged without at least two days’ notice.
For more information or assistance click on the highlighted words above or call UIDN’s helpline, 888-726-7276. The helpline does not have 24/7 coverage; leave your request and contact information on voice mail and someone will get back to you within a day. Helpline and office volunteers are bilingual English/Spanish speakers. We do our best to help those who speak other languages. Additional information on rights, services, and/or legal support is also available in the 

Resources section.

Office hours at Holy Cross/Santa Cruz Episcopal Church, 30 Pine Grove Avenue, Kingston: Monday through Wednesday, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.;  Thursdays, 6 to 8:30 p.m.; and Saturdays, noon to 3 p.m.

Workers Justice Center

WJCNY provides free legal assistance to individuals and groups in matters affecting the rights of agricultural and other low-wage workers. 

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