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8/22/12 - Trust Makes Early Grants to Help Undocumented Youth Apply for Deportation Deferrals

Contact: Ani Hurwitz, VP, Communications
909 Third Ave., New York, NY 10022
212.686.0010 x224 | afh@nyct-cfi.org | nycommunitytrust.org

The New York Community Trust Makes Early Grants to Help Undocumented Youth Apply for Deportation Deferrals

New York, August 22—The New York Community Trust has made $355,000 in grants to six nonprofits to help the estimated 50,000 eligible City youth apply for deferred deportation. The new federal policy is an effort by President Obama to enable undocumented people ages 15 to 31 apply for work authorization, social security numbers, and some protection from deportation. The status will last for two years and can be renewed for at least an additional two years. These youth and their families need immediate information about the benefits, eligibility requirements, risks of applying, and the chances of using fraudulent legal providers.

When the policy was announced, The Trust contacted nonprofit legal and immigrant groups to see what they were doing and how timely private money could make a difference, and invited proposals. A committee of The Trust’s board, set up to review urgent requests, approved the following grants:

Association of the Bar of the City of New York Fund, $25,000 and Volunteers of Legal Service, $40,000 to train volunteer lawyers to help youth with their applications.

MinKwon Center for Community Action, $100,000 to help a coalition of eight immigrant groups from all five boroughs educate their community and help with applications.

Make the Road New York, $70,000 to train youth to give basic information to their peers and refer them to the group’s clinics, where lawyers will help them apply.

New York Legal Assistance, $70,000 to take referrals for complicated cases.

New York Immigration Coalition, $50,000 to coordinate the work of community groups and legal service providers..

The Fund for New Citizens, a collaborative fund in The Trust, is also considering proposals from other groups, including the Legal Aid Society, a Trust grantee with considerable expertise in immigration law.


About The New York Community Trust
Since 1924, The New York Community Trust has been the community foundation of the New York metropolitan area, an aggregate of 2,000 funds created by charitable individuals, families, and corporations to improve the quality of life for all the area’s residents. Grants made from these funds meet the changing needs of children, youth, and families; aid in community development; improve the environment; promote health; assist people with special needs; and support education, arts, and human rights. In 2011, The Trust made grants of $137 million from assets of nearly $2 billion.

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