Ropes & Gray's New York Office Aids Migrants With Asylum Applications

In The News
August 7, 2023

Ropes & Gray has joined the City of New York, local universities, corporations, nonprofits and law firms in running the first-of-its-kind collaboration to help migrants apply for asylum and obtain work authorizations. The city’s Asylum Application Help Center has processed over 1,300 applications since late June, and New York Mayor Eric Adams recently announced it would remain open through the fall.  

“Ropes & Gray is proud to help provide legal assistance to the tens of thousands of asylum seekers fleeing dangerous situations for a chance at a new beginning,” said John Sorkin, New York office managing partner. “This work is helping to create a more stable situation for these individuals. Getting them settled and established is important to their quality of life, to our communities and the city’s economy. Our involvement with the City of New York’s immigration clinic exemplifies the firm’s commitment to ‘practice with purpose’ to better our community. Resolving asylum status helps all New Yorkers by bringing immigrants out of the shadows.”

More information on the center can be found here