Legal

About This Service

We provide free legal services for people living with HIV/AIDS. Our staff are experienced attorneys, accredited immigration advocates, and volunteers who can assist clients with a range of civil legal matters. We do not provide assistance or advice in criminal cases, but can assist you in locating and referring you to a criminal defense attorney. You must be a registered GMHC client living in New York City to access legal services.

Types of Legal Matters

We provide direct legal advocacy, representation, pro se advice, and appropriate referrals on the following matters:

  • Immigration matters including “Green cards,” work authorizations, asylum, citizenship, family-based petitions, benefits and other immigration issues (open to everyone regardless of HIV status)
  • Landlord/tenant issues including eviction prevention
  • Discrimination
  • Insurance (health, life, disability benefits)
  • Employment
  • Estate planning (wills, health care proxies, living wills, medical directives, powers of attorney, and affidavits of cremation.)
  • Family law issues
  • Permanency planning
  • Employment discrimination
  • Debt collection and bankruptcy
  • Bankruptcy
  • Public benefits
  • Wills
  • Living wills
  • Health care proxies
  • Confidentiality complaints
  • Criminal defense (referral)

Other Resources

Upsolve is a national nonprofit that helps low-income individuals file bankruptcy for free. To see if you’re eligible, visit Upsolve’s bankruptcy website.

Legal

Frequently Asked Questions

Yes, most of our services are designed to serve the needs of people who have tested positive for HIV.

The first step is to meet with an intake specialist. Walk-in appointments are available Tuesday-Thursday, 9:30 am-4:30 pm. Monday and Friday hours are by appointment only. You can make an appointment by calling 212-367-1133 or emailing intake@gmhc.org.

Yes, our services have different eligibility requirements. An intake specialist can help you understand requirements for our different services.

Contacts

Immigration matters: Vishal Trivedi, director, Legal Center, at immigrationlegal@gmhc.org or Ph. 212-367-1308.

Non-immigration related civil legal services: Jonathan Russo, director, Legal Center, at legal@gmhc.org or Ph. 212-367-1326

Para asuntos de Inmigración (en español), llame al (212) 367-1328.