Providing free, confidential advice and representation to NYU students and staff at risk of deportation


  • Who is providing these services?
    The NYU Immigrant Defense Initiative (NYU-IDI) is a project of NYU Law School’s Immigrant Rights Clinic, under Washington Square Legal Services, Inc., in partnership with Wilmer Cutler Pickering Hale and Dorr LLP (“WilmerHale”).
  • Whom does this Initiative serve?
    The NYU-IDI serves NYU students and staff in the U.S. (at any school or department) who have Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals, who are otherwise undocumented (with or without pending immigration applications or cases), who are affected by recent policy changes or decisions like the travel ban, or who have immigration status but are at risk of deportation based on possible immigration violations, contact with the criminal legal system, or other concerns.
  • How does it work?
    Initial screenings will be conducted by the NYU-IDI Staff Attorney, Cristina Velez. Following initial screenings, students and staff with cases suitable for pro bono representation will be referred to WilmerHale for possible representation and advocacy. Additional cases may be taken on for representation by NYU-IDI or referred to outside non-profit organizations or private attorneys.
  • I am a NYU student or staff member at risk of deportation. How can I contact NYU Immigrant Defense Initiative to set up a screening appointment? 
    Please contact us at (212) 998-6640 or email us at to set up a screening.  If you have an urgent matter, like an upcoming hearing or court date, please indicate this in your voicemail or email.

A message for members of the NYU community regarding Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA)


On September 5, 2017, the Trump Administration announced the termination of the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrival (DACA) program, but it’s not over yet. We encourage anyone in the NYU community with DACA or with immediate relatives or partners who are concerned about DACA to schedule a FREE and CONFIDENTIAL consultation with the Immigrant Defense Initiative by calling (212) 998-6640 or emailing We stand with the NYU community during these difficult times. Please know that we are here for you!

For more information about the Trump Administration's announcement terminating DACA, read our  DACA FACT SHEET


Contact NYU-IDI

For general questions or to schedule a free and confidential screening, please email us or leave us a voicemail at:

      212-998-6640 / 
383 Lafayette Street, Room 414 / New York, NY 10003


  Our Staff


Cristina Velez
Staff Attorney
383 Lafayette St, Rm 414
New York, NY 10003

Noelia Rodriguez
Program Coordinator
245 Sullivan Street, 6th Fl
New York, NY 10012

Alina Das
Professor of Clinical Law
245 Sullivan Street, 6th Fl
New York, NY 10012


Jessica Rofé
Immigrant Defense Fellow
245 Sullivan Street, 5th Fl
New York, NY 10012


Nancy Morawetz
Professor of Clinical Law
245 Sullivan Street, 6th Fl
New York, NY 10012