Posts Tagged ‘New York State Immigration Hotline’

Scammers Beware

Friday, May 22nd, 2015


By Alice Kenny

Scammers beware.  We’re on to you.  And we’re fighting back.

Catholic Charities just topped off Fraud Awareness Prevention Week.  We gained momentum by collaborating with the Manhattan DA, media and fellow social service agencies. And we took aim straight at the perpetrators of immigration fraud, identity theft and housing and labor scams who make their living defrauding  New York City’s Latino community.

Scammers often find immigrants, particularly those who lack strong English skills or legal documentation as easy targets.  During Fraud Awareness Prevention Week, we ran a well-advertised campaign to keep immigrants from falling into these outlaws’ traps.

Drawing on our expertise running the New York State Immigration Hotline, Catholic Charities Hotline counselors and attorneys manned an anti-fraud telethon phone bank on Wednesday, May 13 and Thursday, May 14, 2015.  Phones rang nonstop.  In all, 530 calls for help were answered, knocking off questions about immigration, identity theft, employment discrimination and housing fraud.  Staff also helped with a town hall event on the following Friday.

“We thank Catholic Charities and their staff for making the phone bank a total success,” said Hildalyn Colon-Hernandez from the Manhattan DA’s office.

In addition to the Manhattan DA’s office, Univision, El Diario, the Office of New Americans and WADO Radio helped promote the event.

And we’re keeping the pressure going. Immigrants with questions are urged to call the Catholic Charities-manned Office of New Americans Hotline at 1 (800) 566-7636.  We can provide assistance in 200 languages.

Calls are still coming in. Want to know more?

Check out this Univision video recap in Spanish.

Read all about it in El Diario.

Have Questions About Immigration Reform?

Tuesday, December 9th, 2014

By Alice Kenny

With tempers flaring and others cheering President Obama’s recent executive action on immigration reform, online commentator Joe Torres dedicated an entire WABC 7 Tiempo show to explain the action’s ins and outs.

To help break it down, he turned to Catholic Charities Community Services Executive Director Beatriz Diaz Taveras and fellow experts during this recent Sunday televised round-table discussion.

The executive action grants special legal status to up to five million immigrants.

The order protects from deportation mostly parents of children born in the United States who

  • Have lived here for 5 years or more
  • Pay a $500 fee
  • Have no criminal record

“This is a humanitarian effort and its really keeping families together,” Ms. Taveras tells Torres.“It’s keeping those United States citizen children and lawful permanent resident children with their parents. …I really think we have to focus on the families as a whole unit and keep the families together and that is exactly what this executive action does.”

Do you have questions about immigration reform?

Call Catholic Charities-administered New York State Immigration Hotline at 800-566-7636.

Catholic Charities on Tiempo

Wednesday, November 26th, 2014

beatrizWhat Changes Will We See in Response to President Obama’s Executive Action on Immigration Reform?

Watch Catholic Charities on ABC7 for answers.

Tune in to Tiempo on ABC7 this Sunday, November 30, 2014, at 11 a.m. for a round-table discussion with Catholic Charities Community Services Executive Director Beatriz Diaz Taveras and fellow experts.

Get your questions answered.

Need help?  Call the New York State Immigration Hotline administered by Catholic Charities at 800-566-7636.

Immigrants Defrauding Fellow Immigrants

Monday, October 20th, 2014


Tune in to Tiempo on ABC7 for its round-table discussion with Catholic Charities Executive Director Msgr. Kevin Sullivan and New York Immigration Coalition Associate Oriana Sanchez about New York State’s comprehensive effort to fight growing fraud perpetrated against immigrants.

The fraud takes place most often, they say, between established immigrants against the recently arrived. Frequently “notarios,” Spanish-speaking immigrants certified to serve as notary publics, pretend to be attorneys, charge recent immigrants thousands of dollars to help them obtain legal status and then disappear with the money.

Catholic Charities New Americans Hotline helps fight against fraud along with answering more than 20,000 other immigration calls for help each year in more than 20 languages.

“Since July we’ve gotten 31 calls (from defrauded immigrants) that we’ve turned over to authority,” Msgr. Sullivan says.

“All the things we’ve talked about in terms of fraud just point out how much we have to reform the immigration laws in our country comprehensively so that immigrants get a good deal; so that we can have a place which is welcoming but which is law abiding and in which people can make a contribution to making this a better place.”

Watch the full Tiempo show aired Sunday, October 19, 2014, on ABC7.

Need help? Call the New York State Immigration Hotline administered by Catholic Charities at 800-566-7636.

Happy St. Patrick’s Day from Catholic Charities Project Irish Outreach

Friday, March 15th, 2013

By Alice Kenny

Project Irish Outreach

Services provided:  Information, referral and advocacy is offered on a variety of matters including social service entitlements, Medicaid and Medicare information/referral, maternity services, addiction prevention and treatment, crisis intervention and pastoral counseling.

Where:  The Aisling Irish Center, 990 McLean Avenue, Yonkers, NY 10467.

When:  Sr. Christine Hennessy, a social worker at the center, is available for confidential consultations from Monday to Friday from 9am – 5pm.

For more information:  Contact: Sr. Christine Hennessy –Aisling Center, Yonkers

Phone: 914-237-5121
Fax: 914-237-5172




  • Project Irish Outreach is based in mid-town Manhattan at the Catholic Center.
  • Confidential information, including information and referral on legal immigration matters, social services and entitlements, maternity services, and crisis intervention is provided.
  • Legal immigration representation is available in Catholic Charities Department of Immigration Services.
  • To prepare for any future legalization program, ask about ways that you can stay informed and be ready, should legalization be signed into law sometime in the future.

Confidential immigration information is also available from the New York State Immigration Hotline located at the Catholic Center.  Call  1(800) 566-7636