Church World Service (Jersey City office)
CWS Jersey City is a refugee resettlement site that mainly serves northern New Jersey. They are a federally accredited refugee resettlement agency that offers comprehensive case management to over 4000 clients a year. These clients include refugees, asylees, asylum seekers, Cuban Haitian entrants, Ukrainian Humanitarian Parolees, and Afghan Humanitarian parolees.
The CWS Legal Department currently runs three programs as well as a robust pro bono department.
Afghan Legal Assistance Program
- The Afghan Legal Assistance Program provides legal Servies to Afghan Parolees who arrived as part of the Afghan Placement Assistance (APA) program. APA clients arrived in the United States through the evacuation following the U.S. military withdrawal. The programs aid individuals seeking Asylum and Special Immigrant Visas as pathways to a green card and more. They also have the option of applying for Temporary Protected Status.
Ukrainian Assistance Program
- The Ukrainian Assistance Program provides free legal representation as well as consultation services to newly arrived citizens of Ukraine who are currently living in either Hudson, Bergen, or Passaic counties in New Jersey. Their services include help filing for asylum, TPS, work authorization, and family-based green cards.
Unaccompanied Children Program
- The Unaccompanied Children Program seeks to provide pro bono legal representation to unaccompanied children, 18 years old or younger, who no longer have one or both parents due to abuse, abandonment, or neglect. Through the program, children who are currently in or have been released from the Office of Refugee Resettlement shelters, receive presentations about their legal rights and individualized legal screenings. Many unaccompanied children may qualify for legal relief to remain in the United States under asylum, special visa, or adjustment of status.
- Interpreters for other languages by request