Providing free, confidential advice and representation to NYU students and employees in their immigration cases


  • Who is providing these services?
    • The NYU Immigrant Defense Initiative (NYU-IDI) is a project of NYU School of Law's Immigrant Rights Clinic, under Washington Square Legal Services, Inc.
  • Who does NYU-IDI serve?

    • NYU students, at all schools and graduate levels

    • NYU employees (including faculty, staff, and contracted employees),

    • and the immediate family members of the above

  • What types of legal services does NYU-IDI offer?
    • ​​Legal consultations on general immigration questions (not including employment-based issues)
    • Direct representation before immigration agencies, immigration court, Board of Immigration Appeals, and federal court
      • Areas include: Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA), Temporary Protected Status (TPS), asylum, legal permanent residence, citizenship, employment authorization renewals, immigration court representation, NACARA, Special Immigrant Juvenile Status (SIJS), T visa, U visa, Violence Against Women Act (VAWA)
    • Legal support and advice for those who are affected by recent policy changes or decisions, such as the travel ban
    • Legal support and advice for those who may be at risk of deportation based on immigration violations, contact with the criminal legal system, or other concerns
    • Organizing and hosting informational know-your-rights presentations across NYU
    • Advocacy with NYU departments, such as financial aid, housing and student groups
    • Travel monitoring for those traveling outside of the U.S. 
    • NYU-IDI DOES NOT provide consultations or representation for employment visa related applications. However, NYU-IDI can screen for other immigration relief.
  • How does it work?
    • After booking an appointment, initial screenings will be conducted by the NYU-IDI Staff Attorney, Frances Dávila. Following the screening, cases may be taken on for direct representation by NYU-IDI or referred to outside non-profit organizations, pro bono attorneys or private attorneys.
  • How can I contact the NYU Immigrant Defense Initiative to set up a screening appointment? 
    • Please email or call (212) 998-6435 to set up a screening. If you have an urgent matter, like an upcoming hearing or court date, please email and indicate this in your email. The NYU-IDI office is located at 383 Lafayette Rm. 414, New York, NY 10003. NO WALK-INS.
  • I will be traveling outside of the US, but I'm afraid I may have issues entering the US Can NYU-IDI assist me?
    • NYU community members traveling internationally may sign-up to have their trip monitored by NYU-IDI. We will confirm your return to the U.S. and will provide legal support if you encounter issues at the port of entry. Sign-up to have your trip monitored.

The NYU-IDI Team:

Frances Dávila
Staff Attorney

Noelia Rodriguez
Program Coordinator