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., in partnership with Wilmer Cutler Pickering Hale and Dorr LLP (“WilmerHale”).
  • Whom 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, F1 reinstatement, adjustment of status, consular processing, naturalization, citizenship, employment authorization, family-based petitions,  NACARA, removal proceedings, habeas corpus, Special Immigrant Juvenile Status (SIJS), T visas, U visas, Violence Against Women Act (VAWA) petitions
    • 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 travelling outside of the U.S. 
  • How does it work?
    Initial screenings will be conducted by the NYU-IDI Staff Attorney, Frances Dávila. Following initial screenings, cases suitable for pro bono representation will be referred to WilmerHale for possible representation and advocacy. Additional cases may be taken on for direct representation by NYU-IDI or referred to outside non-profit organizations or private attorneys.
  • How can I contact the 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.
  • I will be travelling outside of the U.S. but I'm afraid I may have issues entering the U.S. 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. To sign-up to have your trip monitored go HERE.

The NYU-IDI Team:

Frances Dávila
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




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