In the summer of 2008, the New York Association for New Americans (NYANA), New York’s largest resettlement agency at the time, closed its doors and transferred all cases to NYLAG.
Established in 1949 primarily to assist refugees from Eastern Europe, NYANA had resettled hundreds of thousands of immigrants over the years. Additionally, it provided a variety of services such as ESL classes, vocational services, and legal services. When NYANA closed down, many immigrants were left without affordable legal representation. NYLAG’s Immigrant Protection Unit stepped in, assuming NYANA’s responsibility to these immigrants, andit has continued to serve former NYANA clients in their immigration matters.