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Community Legal Advocates Of New York

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Causes: Crime & Law, Legal Services, Public Interest Law

Mission: Community Legal Advocates of New York is a private, non-profit organization that is dedicated to closing the social justice gap by advancing the rights of low and moderate income clients. Consistent with the vision of its founders, CLA provides free or low cost holistic civil legal and advocacy services to residents of Long Island and New York City.

Direct beneficiaries per year: 610 clients

Community Stories

26 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

Client Served

Rating: 5

In a week from today my wife will take her oath of citizenship. I find it fitting that this will take place two days before Thanksgiving Day and I am grateful.

My first conversation with KCO was over the telephone and I was stressed-out. Stressed-out trying to parse the legalese that USCIS documents are written in, not to mention thinking of the expense of filing and attorney's fees, and I'm sorry to admit, I was not too polite. For that I whole heartedly apologize. And thinking now of that conversation I will report that KCO did not skip a beat. She seemed to know, to understand. And without offense or annoyance in her voice at my abruptness she explained what CLA offers and the intake process. We agreed to follow through with a council meeting and I hung up the phone remarkably relieved and a whole lot calmer.

So here we are, one plus year later and my dear wife is about to take her oath which she has worked so very hard to achieve and been so very patient with The Process - way more patient than this yankee could ever be. Lesson humbly learned.

I'd like to state for the record that CLA, and particularly KCO, have been nothing short of SPECTACULAR through the entire process, guiding us with learned advice and professionalism from start to finish. We also weren't bankrupted trying to achieve our goal and found no lack in their knowledge of the process. A very big GRACIAS to you and your staff Keiko. May the stars shine on your path.

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

CLA is a team of dedicated, knowledgeable, resourceful, and compassionate individuals who will work hard to meet their clients’ needs. I highly recommend enlisting their services, you are in good hands.

Laura M.18

Client Served

Rating: 5

CLA has done so much for my family and I. They have been so helpful and supportive throughout the grueling process of adjustment of status. After nearly two decades, I finally become a resident. Hoping to soon submit my application for citizenship!

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I had the privilege to serve as a legal intern at Community Legal Advocates. Everyone at CLA is extremely professional, knowledgeable, and passionate. As a law student, the staff at CLA were excellent examples as I began my professional career. They are dedicated to social justice and providing their clients with the best legal assistance possible. CLA is an extremely valuable asset to the community.

Jeannine B.

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

CLA is such a great and trustworthy organization. The service and support they provide is so needed in our community and the staff are always so friendly and extremely knowledgeable. I always recommend CLA to all my friends and family.

Christopher D.2

Donor

Rating: 5

CLA is an organization that is comprised of incredibly dedicated professionals willing to help any and all they can. It's always very comforting when you find that rare group of people that is always there for you when need them, no matter what. This is that group.
They have always helped me in my time of need and anyone I have sent their way. This is truly a remarkable organization with remarkable people.

Client Served

Rating: 5

What a wonderful organization! Community Legal Advocates Of New York has provided many years of free and low cost legal assistance for the residents of Queens and Long island. Everyone has been extremely friendly and helpful. They really go the extra mile for those who they are fighting for. HIGHLY recommended

Client Served

Rating: 5

Community Legal Advocates was highly recommended to me to help with my disabled child's guardianship and proved to be an invaluable resource in getting the job done! Keiko Cervantes-Ospina, my daughter's lawyer, is very knowledgeable and took me through each step by thoroughly explaining the process and always kept me updated even during the shutdown due to Covid. If you want someone who you can trust to get the job done, reach out to CLA! I know I will once again for any legal services!

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

CLA is an excellent organization with hardworking staff and passionate leadership. They are engaged in the legal services community and care deeply about their clients.

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General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

This group provides low cost or free legal services related to immigration, benefits and will planning. They have a great deal of experience in these areas and provide great services to those in need of this expertise in Queens and Long Island. Staff is passionate, friendly,
and efficient.

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

Community Legal Advocates is a reputable organization with long history of helping the immigrant community. The staff is knowledgeable, professional and sensitive to the needs of their clients. I highly recommend CLA!

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

I have watched this organization work tirelessly to serve its community and provides the means to for so many people to get the legal assistance they desperately need. This organization is a true asset to the community. The value they add to the lives of those they serve and represent is immeasurable.

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

Community Legal Advocates of New York York is providing much needed legal service in an affordable manner to many who otherwise would be unable to access such competent legal advice and services. They are extremely knowledgeable, compassionate and steadfast in their work to end inequality and fight for social justice. I do not hesitate to refer individuals for their services.

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

I have been working with Community Legal Advocates since they opened their doors and am so glad that we have a compassionate, caring, experienced partner on Long Island to make referrals for immigration legal services. They are engaged in our legal services community, continuously staying up to date on information and sharing resources with other legal advocates so as to make sure they provide their clients with the best legal assistance possible. and I have witnessed first hand the passion and attention they put into every case.

Donor

Rating: 5

As a pastor, I am very careful about who I refer my parishioners to. I trust CLA completely. They have been a huge help to one family and I would refer more to them should the need arise. They are friendly and excellent at what they do! It’s a pleasure partnering with them.

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

CLA is a great organization. I feel confident referring friends and family to this organization.

Board Member

Rating: 5

CLA is a non for profit organization that provides free or low cost holistic civil legal services including immigration services to their community. There has never been a greater need for these services given today’s current environment. Luckily you could not ask for more than the two founders. They along with the staff are empathetic, passionate, extremely highly skilled and most importantly, they get results. I admire both their passion and work ethic focusing on helping out our community. It is truly an honor and privilege to work with them. Recommend! Recommend! Recommend!

Client Served

Rating: 5

CLA took the time to meet with me and answered all my questions. My mother was recently diagnosed with dementia and we had no idea where to start. Everything was explained in Spanish so that my mom can feel comfortable and understand everything that was discussed. Everything from health care proxy, power of attorney and will. I’d highly recommend CLA.

Client Served

Rating: 5

My mother was diagnosed with cancer and as a result we needed to get her affairs in order.

They discussed the paperwork that would necessary, prepared the documents and reviewed everything with us.

They truly made a difficult time in our life more manageable. Thankful for their professionalism and sensitivity to our situation.

Martha R.2

Advisor

Rating: 5

Community Legal Advocates of NY have generously provided free services to our Adult Education Students. They have also hosted well attended and informative workshops on immigration issues and have stayed behind to answer all the questions the students posed. They also provided services to my senior clients, including power of attorney, health care proxies, immigration issues, etc. They are prompt, timely patient and friendly. They follow up calls and assure excellent services. In addition, they have visited the seniors who have not been able to go to their offices. I highly recommend this organization.
Martha Romero- Case Manager- Non-Profit Organization

Board Member

Rating: 5

CLA is an excellent organization with hardworking staff. They are very professional and empathetic towards their clients and always willing to go the extra mile.

Client Served

Rating: 5

CLA is a great organization to work with. They really take the time to explain everything to you so that you fully understand your options. I'm working with them to setup a will, poa, and health care proxy. The process has been smooth and they genuinely want to help. I'd highly recommend CLA.

Client Served

Rating: 5

I have had the great benefit of receiving CLA's excellent services and seeing first hand their community involvement to bring people together to support proper practices for immigration and language access. As the sponsor of a youth, who for 14 years lived in peril and is now an American citizen, I can not speak highly enough about the support and guidance that he, I, and his family received from CLA.

Harry B.2

Client Served

Rating: 5

Amazing service and A very helpful team. I m really happy to have this office and these professionals working on my immigration case.

Rosemary V.1

Board Member

Rating: 5

This nonprofit provides free and/or low cost legal services to those in Long Island/Queens area. They work on immigration, benefits, Wills and Advance Planning, and more! It was founded by two great attorneys with a vast of experience in practicing law in NYC. Staff is friendly, efficient, compassionate and most importantly passionate about social justice. Highly recommend!

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I'm a retired attorney who volunteered with CLA because of the great respect I had for Ann and Keiko, two of the primary principals in the organization. My admiration for them has only grown with the opportunity to work closely with them. Professional, caring, and even a lot of fun to be around. Great people and excellent lawyers.