Thank You to the Afghan Legal Triage Clinic Pro Bono Volunteers
The New York State Bar Association wishes to extend its sincerest thanks to the attorneys who gave their time and expertise to assist Afghan refugees who have relocated to Albany, NY.
Due to a partnership with The Albany Law School and the U.S. Committee for Refugees and Immigrants Albany, NYSBA was able to connect attorneys to an integral effort to screen recently arrived refugee families for their immediate needs including their eligibility for permanent housing.
The USCRI has screened over 250 newly arrived refugees from Afghanistan but that is only the first step. Screening determines not what these families need help with most but if and what kind of legal representation they will need to secure their futures in America. The crisis in Afghanistan is only the latest impetus for refugees being relocated to upstate New York.
The newly-released book Immigration: Key to the Future – The Benefits of Resettlement to Upstate New York, published by NYSBA, details how immigrants and refugees have bolstered the upstate economy, brought life to faltering Main Streets and enhanced the culture of our local communities. NYSBA also wishes to extend a thanks to The Albany Law School USCRI for inviting us to take part in this critical pro bono work that saves lives and strengthens our communities.