About Make the Road New York


Our Model

Our model integrates four core strategies for concrete change that millions of families feel every day:

-Legal and Survival Services to tackle discrimination, abuse and poverty;

-Transformative Education to develop community members’ abilities to lead   our organization, our movement, and society;

-Community Organizing to transform the systems and power structures     impacting our communities; and

-Policy Innovation to rewrite unjust rules and make our democracy truly   accountable to all of us.

Staff and members repeat a common refrain: “Make the Road is my second home.” Regardless of immigration status, race, or gender identity, all find safety, support, and solidarity here. Everyone who comes with an individual story of abuse and exploitation finds that they are not alone – that in collectivizing our experiences and voices, we can build the power to change not just one case, but entire systems.

Our Victories

-Equal language access for all, across New York State

-Paid sick days for 1.5 million NYC workers

-Protecting workers from wage theft

-NYC guarantees healthcare for all, regardless of immigration status

-We are fighting back DHS proposed analysis of Public Charge!

-Report calls for transparency  and a complete overhaul of the economic development system.

-NYS Pension Funds divest from private prisons and and immigrant dtention centers

-Fighting for a clean #DreamActNow

Our Reach

New York City: from our NYC centers in Brooklyn, Queens & Staten Island, we serve immigrants from throughout the 5 boroughs and organize to win policies that benefit millions.

Long Island: from our fastest growing membership base is leading a highly impactful civic engagement program that is helping to make Long Island more equitable.

Westchester: from our newest center in Westchester is expanding critical services for the area's growing and often isolated immigrant community and uniting families across the state to strengthen our ability to win systematic reforms at the state and national levels

National: We lead the fight for immigrant rights across the country, working as a powerful bloc with our sister organizations Make the Road (NJ,CT,PA.NV) and our national partner, the Center for popular Democracy

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