Recent Immigration Work

Wins for Trafficked/Exploited Workers: CDP continues to fight exploitation of immigrants fraudulently lured to US

CDP has long partnered with workers’ rights organizations at the forefront of the struggle against labor trafficking and exploitation in New York. Currently, we support our community partners by helping members who have survived labor trafficking or exploitation to apply for immigration relief.

Recently, we won a T visa for a woman who was a guestworker in a hotel and casino. (T visas are designated for those who have been trafficked). The worker had been recruited by an agency in her home country with the promise of lawful immigration status and good pay and living conditions. When she arrived in the U.S., the agency forced her to work for subpar pay without immigration status, and threatened deportation if she did not continue to work for them.

CDP successfully established that the agency's threats and actions constituted trafficking. With a T visa, our client will now have lawful immigration status and be able to see her three children for the first time in years.

Along with our partner Damayan Migrant Workers’ Association, CDP has been one of the few organizations in the country advocating for victims of fraudulent labor recruitment schemes as part of an innovative campaign. Many immigrant workers come to the U.S. relying on promises of good wages by unscrupulous recruiters and employers who charge thousands of dollars in recruitment fees. Once the workers arrive, they find themselves in exploitative working conditions with no way to earn back the money lost to the recruiters. CDP is advocating for such workers so they can seek justice against their recruiters and employers and receive lawful immigration status. 

Monthly Clinics Assist NYC Nepalis in Wake of April Earthquake

Following April’s devastating earthquake in Nepal, which left thousands dead and caused billions of dollars in damage, CDP has been partnering with Nepali community organization Adhikaar to assist Nepalis living in NYC. At monthly clinics, CDP attorneys and volunteers have helped Nepalis apply for Temporary Protected Status (TPS), which allows them to stay in the US and work legally for 18 months or longer. So far, over 60 Nepalis have applied for TPS at our clinics or received legal advice to help them navigate immigration challenges.

The U.S. government designated Nepal for the TPS program due to safety concerns for Nepalis living in the US who might be forced to return to dangerous conditions in Nepal once their immigration status expired. Having TPS status is life-changing for many immigrants, and CDP looks forward to continuing this work with Adhikaar.