Legal

About This Service

We have a staff of experienced attorneys, accredited immigration advocates, and volunteers who provide free legal services to people living with HIV/AIDS in NYC. We assist clients with immigration matters, eviction prevention, 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.

Types of Legal Matters

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.

For Immigration matters, please call (212) 367-1308. Para asuntos de inmigración (en espanol), llame al (212) 367-1328.

For civil legal services, please call (212) 367-1326.

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.

Government Benefits 
We advise clients regarding government benefits, including HRA/HASA, and SSD/I. We also assist with employer and private long- and short-term disability policies as well as life insurance matters. For more information, please contact legal@gmhc.org.

Estate planning
We assist clients in need of wills, health care proxies, living wills, powers of attorney, and appointments of agent to control disposition of remains. 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.
 
Debt Collection and Bankruptcy
We assist clients with debt collection matters and have partnered with Upsolve.org to provide clients with access to filing personal bankruptcy. For more information, please contact legal@gmhc.org
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.

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 legalimmigration@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.

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.

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