UnLocal Inc. offers free, high-quality legal consultations and representation to New York’s immigrant communities.

Our team focuses on providing legal representation to non-U.S. citizens interacting with the immigration system at all stages of the process. We are comprised of four practices:

An affirmative practice that helps immigrants achieve permanent lawful status on various applications such as adjustment of status, Naturalization, Temporary Protected Status (TPS), with a special focus on survivors of intimate-partner violence and other criminal activity achieve permanent lawful status (U Visas, T Visas and VAWAs) and , young people (Special Immigrant Juvenile Status (SIJS) and Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA))adjustment of status applications, Naturalization, Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA), and Temporary Protected Status (TPS).

A non-detained removal defense practice that represents both recently arrived immigrants as well as long-time residents of New York in removal proceedings.

The Queer Immigrant Justice Project, which represents Queer immigrants from all over the globe seeking safety in the United States.

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Rapid Response practice, which works with immigrants who have already been ordered removed and are facing imminent removal.

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In addition, we have a robust appellate practice, regularly representing our clients before the Board of Immigration Appeals, Federal District Courts, and the Second Circuit Court of Appeals.

Our work

Our approach to
our work

Our approach to our work is equally as important as the legal substance. We are committed to an intelligent approach to each case and to respecting and uplifting the humanity in all community members, be they UnLocal clients or staff.

Our relationships with clients

Our relationships with UnLocal clients are based on trust, communication, honesty, and above all, respect.

Our representation

Our representation is informed entirely by the needs of each client, and often includes assistance with addressing individual healthcare, housing, education, personal safety, food security, and mental and emotional needs.

Yuniya Khan

Board Member

Originally from Guyana, South America, Yuniya has worked in the non-profit and international development fields for more than 20 years. She is the founder of The Emerge Project, a storytelling initiative that aims to elevate the voice and impact of grassroots Black entrepreneurs and community leaders in South Africa and Brazil, and is an Associate with NPAG, a professional services firm that specializes in top-tier social sector talent strategy and search. She is deeply committed to supporting programs that enhance the wellbeing and dignity of Black and Brown people, particularly immigrants and those in communities that are overlooked and marginalized. Yuniya holds a BA in TV/Radio from Brooklyn College, an MA in Theology from Fuller Theological Seminary, and an MPA in International Management from Middlebury Institute of International Studies at Monterey.

Yuniya Khan

Board Member

Originally from Guyana, South America, Yuniya has worked in the non-profit and international development fields for more than 20 years. She is the founder of The Emerge Project, a storytelling initiative that aims to elevate the voice and impact of grassroots Black entrepreneurs and community leaders in South Africa and Brazil, and is an Associate with NPAG, a professional services firm that specializes in top-tier social sector talent strategy and search. She is deeply committed to supporting programs that enhance the wellbeing and dignity of Black and Brown people, particularly immigrants and those in communities that are overlooked and marginalized. Yuniya holds a BA in TV/Radio from Brooklyn College, an MA in Theology from Fuller Theological Seminary, and an MPA in International Management from Middlebury Institute of International Studies at Monterey.