Monday, July 6, 2009

A reminder about New York City's Executive Order 41

Since September 17, 2003, all immigrants residing in New York City have enjoyed the right to access city services, regardless of immigration status. This is all due to Executive Order 41, which directs all city employees to protect the confidentiality of certain personal information, including not only immigration status, but sexual orientation, status as a victim of domestic violence, and status as a crime witness. This means, for instance, that victims of crimes can report such crimes to police without fear of being inquired about their immigration status. Similarly, New York City residents can seek services or benefits from a city agency, without being asked about their immigration status, unless it is required by law or required to establish eligibility for such services or benefits.The following is a list of services available to non-US citizens regardless of immigration status:

-Healthcare for children under 19
-Emergency Medical Care
-Prenatal care for pregnant women (under PCAP)
-Emergency Shelter
-Public School Education
-School Breakfast and Lunch Programs
-Senior Services and Center Programs
-Public Library Services
-Public transportation
-Police and Fire Protection

For more information regarding Executive Order 41, see