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Legal Services

We have a staff of experienced attorneys, accredited immigration advocates, and volunteers who provide free legal services to people living with HIV/AIDS. We assist clients with immigration matters, eviction prevention, family law issues, permanency planning, employment discrimination, debt collection, bankruptcy, public benefits, wills, living wills, health care proxies, and confidentiality complaints. We provide direct legal advocacy, representation, pro se advice, and appropriate referrals. 

We do not provide assistance or advice in criminal cases.

To access legal services as a client, you must be a registered GMHC client living in New York City.  For more information about legal services, please email legal@gmhc.org or call 212.367.1326.  To find out how to become a GMHC client, please call 212.367.1500.

Legal Services Walk-in Clinic  If you are a registered GMHC client and would like to speak to a member of the legal staff about a legal matter, you may call 212.367.1312 or come to the 6th floor on Tuesdays & Thursdays, 2 pm to 5 pm (YOU MUST BRING PROOF OF HIV STATUS, ADDRESS, AND INCOME). However, if your case involves an immigration issue, you must first make an appointment by emailing legal@gmhc.org or calling 212.367.1328 or 212.367.1308. 

Discrimination

We assist clients who have been discriminated against in employment or public accommodations.  We also assist clients with reasonable accommodations issues. For more information, please contact legal@gmhc.org or call 212.367.1326.

Employment

We advise and represent clients who are unable to continue working due to their HIV illness or may need a reasonable accommodation under the Americans with Disabilities Act.

We assist clients interested in applying for disability benefits.

We advise clients whose health conditions have improved and are considering returning to work, or accessing work for the first time. For more information, please contact legal@gmhc.org or call 212.367.1326.

Insurance

We advise clients regarding health, life, and disability benefits. For more information, please contact legal@gmhc.org.

Estate planning

We assist clients in need of wills, health care proxies, living wills, medical directives, powers of attorney, and affidavits of cremation. For more information, please contact legal@gmhc.org or call 212.367.1326.

Landlord/Tenant

We assist clients facing eviction due to non-payment or holdover petitions.

We assist clients who claim the right to succeed to the apartment of their partner or other family member. For more information, please contact legal@gmhc.org or call 212.367.1326.

Immigration Legal Services

We assist clients to obtain "green cards," work authorizations, asylum, citizenship, family based petition, benefits and other immigration issues. Immigration matters are handled by appointment only. This service is free to anyone, regardless of HIV status. To make an appointment, please contact legal@gmhc.org or call 212.367.1328 or 212.367.1308.

 


Free Assistance with DACA & Naturalization Applications & Immigration Legal Consultations

GMHC is now working with the Office for New Americans to offer free assistance with:

  • Immigration consultations
  • Deferred Action Applications for Childhood Arrivals (DACA)
  • Citizenship Applications

GMHC is pursuing this project with seven community-based organizations operating in Queens and Brooklyn. To see if you qualify for our assistance, please call  212.367.1308 or email vishalt@gmhc.org.

 

 

 

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