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Welcome to Long Island RIAC
A partnership between The Legal Aid Society of Suffolk County, Inc., the Legal Aid Society of Nassau County, Inc., and The NYS Office of Indigent Legal Services which provides
immigration law support for attorneys who provide mandated representation to non-citizens on Long Island
The Long Island Regional Immigration Assistance Center is one of six regional Immigration Assistance Centers funded by an innovative grant from the New York State Office of Indigent Legal Services. The Long Island Regional Immigration Assistance Center will provide individual case assistance, training, consultations, and support to appointed criminal defense counsel and Family Court attorneys in their representation of non-citizen clients. These services are free to all counsel appointed to represent indigent non-citizen clients in Criminal and Family Court proceedings.
The importance of accurate legal advice for non-citizens accused of crimes has never been more important. These changes confirm our view that, as a matter of federal law, deportation is an integral part—indeed, sometimes the most important part —of the penalty that may be imposed on non-citizen defendants who plead guilty to specified crimes