Stepping up to the plate is more than just an expression for Community Legal Advocates...it is call to action! A necessary one given the vulnerable communities it serves. Amidst Covid-19, they were there to help, support, and advocate tirelessly. Thank you for all you do :)
Community Legal Advocates gave me the incredible opportunity to intern with them during the Summer of 2021. While there, I was a part of team that directly assisted community members with a holistic and legal approach. This approach would cater to each individual clients needs and circumstances in order to better help them. As an organization that deals with a number of clients and complex issues, they always give their clients the individual attention they need. Having a desire to practice in the public interest field, watching Ann and Keiko take such an approach and interest in their clients really inspired me. They both gave me the chance to learn about new and unique forms of advocacy in this ever changing time period. It is rare to see such a commitment to being in the forefront of evolving practices, and it was a pleasure to be a part of it.
Community Legal Advocates is a trusted partner within our Long Island social justice and legal community. Keiko and Ann truly personify the description of community lawyering. They are dedicated to serving low income community members who need affordable legal assistance in matters related to immigration, public benefits, guardianship and other matters. They treat their clients with the utmost professionalism, respect and empathy. They also recognize the need to address broader systemic inequities and have been involved in efforts to gain healthcare coverage for all, to expand language access, to secure police reform and to protect immigrant families.. Thank you, Community Legal Advocates!
I had the honor to work with Attn Keiko Cervantes-Ospina on a few cases. My experience was great. She is truth worthy, and excellent doing her job. The layer fee is affordable to any low income worker. One of the characters I admire the most is her willing to serve the community and always available when needed. I had the privilege to refer my cousin and a few friends to Community Legal Advocates of New York. They were happy and a
I had the pleasure of having an internship with Community Legal Advocates of New York during the summer of 2021. While working directly with Ann Dibble and Keiko Cervantes-Ospina on cases, it became evident that they have a truly genuine commitment to the individuals they serve. They are willing to go great lengths in order to fulfill their clients' needs, and are a beacon of hope for individuals who are unable to receive legal assistance anywhere else. CLA is also dedicated to staying up to date with the ever-changing world of legal policies, in order for them to best serve their clients. I am very appreciative of my fulfilling intern experience with CLA and would definitely recommend their legal services to others.
I had the pleasure of interning for Community Legal Advocates during summer 2021 and had a great experience. Keiko Cervantes-Ospina and Ann Dibble were very easy to work with and taught me a lot about the legal justice system during my time there. I saw firsthand the positive impact CLA has made on all its clients because of Keiko and Ann's genuine care for their cases. No matter how busy they are, they will always pick the phone up on the first ring and are ready to help in any way they can. As I'm typing this out, I'm reflecting back on all I have learned and have realized what an excellent experience it was. I learned more than I ever expected and am grateful to have worked with such an amazing organization.
Keiko Cervantes-Ospina made renewing my work permit and DACA a smooth experience. She always replied back right away to any questions I had which I greatly appreciated. Communication is key and she made me feel important!
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.
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.
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!
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.
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.
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.
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
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!
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.
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!
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.
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.
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.
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.
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!
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.
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.
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
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.
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.
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.
Amazing service and A very helpful team. I m really happy to have this office and these professionals working on my immigration case.
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!
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.