The NYU Immigrant Immigrant Defense Initiative (IDI) serves the immigration-related legal needs of NYU students and employees, and their immediate family members. IDI provides free, confidential legal consultations and representation before immigration court and agencies.

IDI is a project of NYU School of Law’s Immigrant Rights Clinic, under Washington Square Legal Services, Inc., and NYU University. IDI was created in 2017 as a response to President Trump’s termination of Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) and Temporary Protected Status (TPS) and the Travel Ban, which seriously affected the NYU immigrant community.

IDI Serves

  • NYU students at all schools and graduate levels

  • NYU employees (including faculty, staff and contract-based employees)

  • and the immediate family members of the above (parents, siblings and spouses)

IDI provides representation in the following immigration matters:

  • Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) renewals
  • Temporary Protected Status (TPS) renewals
  • Asylum
  • Legal Permanent Residency
  • Citizenship
  • Employment Authorization Requests
  • Nicaraguan Adjustment and Central American Relief Act (NACARA)
  • Special Immigrant Juvenile Status (SIJS)
  • Humanitarian visas (trafficking (T), crime victims (U), Violence Against Women Act (VAWA))
  • Representation for those in removal proceedings in immigration court
  • Legal consultations for non-US citizens who have had contact with the criminal system, such as an arrest or conviction
  • Legal trainings, including Know-Your-Rights presentations
  • Advocacy within NYU to support with financial or housing needs
  • Foreign travel monitoring for those affected by the Travel Ban, or who are at risk of being denied entry to the U.S.
  • **IDI does not provide legal assistance for any employment-related cases such as visas (immigrant or nonimmigrant, such as H1B, etc.) or employment-related adjustment of status, change of status, or extension of status.**

IDI Team

IDI Immigrant Defense Fund

Since President Trump took office, he has terminated ​Temporary Protected Status (TPS)​ for several countries and the ​Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA)​ program. These decisions affect hundreds of thousands of immigrants, many of whom have been living in the U.S. for nearly 20 years.

The process for renewal is costly: applicants must submit $495 along with their renewal applications to ensure access to work authorization ($410 application fee plus $85 biometrics fee). As you can imagine, gathering the funds to apply for renewal can be extremely difficult for many immigrant families, especially for families with multiple TPS holders and for DACA youth, many of whom are full-time students. The NYU Immigrant Defense Fund will directly support renewal applications for eligible TPS and DACA recipients who are NYU community members. Money raised through this fund will be immediately deployed by the NYU Immigrant Defense Initiative, which offers free and confidential representation for NYU students, staff and their immediate relatives.

Please consider contributing to the NYU Immigrant Defense Fund to help cover these fees for NYU community members. Every dollar you donate will put us closer to our goal of keeping immigrant families together!

Make a contribution now​ (be sure to specify your contribution is for the NYU Immigrant Defense Fund under “Other Designation”). If you have any questions, you can contact the NYU Immigrant Defense Initiative at or 212-998-6640.