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Volunteer

There are 3.2 million immigrants facing deportation in the United States; some are among the 90,000+ undocumented individuals living here on LI.

If you are a Long Islander who…

  • Empathizes with immigrants who faced many crises in their home countries that drove them to seek asylum in the U.S. and…
  • Appreciates the many contributions immigrants make to our communities…

Your Immigrant Neighbors Need You!

Become a Volunteer for the Long Island Immigration Clinic

There are many ways that you can help - 

  • as part of a trained team of volunteers helping prepare asylum applications and other related applications during LIIC's clinic sessions.
  • providing assistance in preparing immigrant friends for court appearances or interviews
  • join with LIIC staff and friends in advocacy efforts to support reform of current immigration policies that will facilitate more streamlined processes and opportunities for humanitarian relief for those seeking asylum

Clinic Volunteer Roles

All team members assist in the ‘listening process’ with the Friend.  One member of the team takes the lead in asking the questions – usually it is the Note taker or Computer person, and then the Translator translates.

Working on an Asylum application (I589) generally takes 4-5 clinic sessions to complete.  Team members are asked to commit to a 4-6 week period (clinic is once/week) to provide continuity on the case.  This continuity supports and respects the relationship building between the team and the friend, who will be sharing very confidential and traumatic experiences.

Volunteer Spotlight

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Damion Jeenarine

Damion has been a volunteer as a Computer Navigator with the clinic since June 2023. A practicing attorney, Damion has been our 'go to person' for many of our quick clinic (one session) cases. Damion is always well prepared - pre-filling the i589 for both one session and regular cases before the first team meeting. Damion also has a side occupation - he is a professional DJ - and works many gigs on the weekends! In fact, Damion was LIIC's DJ for our Holiday party this year, and he kept the place rocking! We are grateful for his many contributions to LIIC - to include the wide smile he flashes on clinic nights.
Thank you Damion!