Mental health services in New York:

Mental health services in NYC:

If you need a directory for benefits, entitlements, and various social services in New York City, please click HERE.

- Immigration Legal Rights and Resources:

Every individual in the U.S., including undocumented immigrants, has the right to remain silent and seek legal help if stopped by immigration or police officer (National Immigration Law Center).

For factsheet (available in Chinese, Korean, Arabic and Spanish):

NYC Immigration Hotline (staffed by Legal Aid Society – interpreters available)



- What to do if you have been a victim of a hate crime:

A hate crime is a criminal offense against a person or property motivated in whole or in part by an offender’s bias against a race, religion, disability, sexual orientation, ethnicity, gender, or gender identity.

  • Get medical help, if necessary.
  • Seek assistance and support from family and friends.
  • Describe the perpetrator[s]’ gender, age, physical and other distinguishing Write down all of the details of the crime as soon as possible after the incident. Include any threats or biased comments in the report.
  • File a police report.

– Get the responding officer’s name and badge number

–  Make sure the officer files an incident report form and assigns a case number. Always get your own copy, even of the preliminary report.

– If you believe the incident was bias-motivated, urge the officer to check the “hate/bias-motivation” or “hate crime/incident” box on the police report.

  • Call the toll-free hotline 1-888-392-3644 recently launched by Gov. Cuomo to report incidents of bias and discrimination across New York State.


  • File a report online with org, an organization that documents hate incidents and crimes against Asian-Americans and Pacific Islanders by tracking stories about hate incidents received from people around the country. The stories are vetted by AAJC staff and posted anonymously.


  • Get professional help:

Safe Horizon: provides information, counseling, and other assistance to crime victims. Their 24-hour hotlines 866-689-HELP (4357) operate seven days a week, 365 days a year (more than 150 languages available). For help with rape and sexual assault, please call: 212-227-3000. To access one of the Community Program locations, call the centralized Citywide Helpline 855-234-1042, during normal business hours (Mon. – Fri. 9 a.m.- 5 p.m.).

New York State Office of Victim Services: provides counseling, legal and financial assistance. To locate local offices:


National Coalition of Anti-Violence Programs: provides direct services to the immediate needs of LGBTQ & HIV-affected victims and survivors of any type of violence in New York City.  Services include crisis intervention, safety planning, short or long-term counseling, police, court and social services advocacy and accompaniment, as well as information and referrals to anyone who calls the free bilingual (English/Spanish) 24-hour, 365-day-a-year crisis hotline 212.714.1141 or comes to the main offices and intake sites.

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