NYC Mayor’s Office of Immigrant Affairs
What We Do
Know Your Rights Programs
MOIA delivers educational and accessible curricula to promote civic engagement through its community partners.
MOIA established ActionNYC which serves as an entry point into immigration services for many New Yorkers.
MOIA trains Community Navigators and supports the Rapid Response Legal Collaborative – programs which train community members to become first responders and offer legal and social support to their communities.
The New York City Mayor’s Office of Immigrant Affairs (MOIA), of the New York City government, is the country’s first chartered office dedicated to serving immigrants and is currently led by Commissioner Bitta Mostofi, appointed by Mayor Bill de Blasio in May 2018. Under the de Blasio administration, MOIA has prioritized three goals: 1) enhancing the economic, civic, and social integration of immigrant New Yorkers, 2) facilitating access to justice for immigrant New Yorkers, and 3) advocating for continued immigration reforms at all levels of government.
MOIA seeks to empower the immigrants it works with by providing culturally and linguistically responsive services, and to build the capacity of its community-based partners. MOIA’s work includes the promotion and support of immigration legal services done in partnership with its community partners. The de Blasio administration has invested over $30 million in a range of immigration legal services, unprecedented on the local level. In addition to the provision of legal services, MOIA runs a robust Know Your Rights program, funds the Rapid Response Legal Collaborative, coordinates Immigrant Information Desks that provide referrals to a wide range of services, and manages the IDNYC program, New York City’s free government-issued identification card for all New Yorkers that can be used to access city services, affordable health care, and cultural offerings across the five boroughs.
This website is a project of the Legal Empowerment and Immigration Network, a group convened by NYU School of Law’s Bernstein Institute for Human Rights and Global Justice Clinic. The website is part of a multi-year documentation initiative to make visible the powerful impacts of legal empowerment programs to advance the rights of asylum seekers, refugees and immigrants in the U.S.Interested in joining the network or want to find out more information? Contact us: email@example.com.