Spotlight: Lutheran Social Services of NY

Our upcoming “think and action” event, Brooklyn in Solidarity, will feature Priya Patel, from Lutheran Social Services’ legal team.  The following is a press release from Lutheran Social Services, which contains valuable information on their legal support for immigrants and refugees.  We look forward to seeing you on April 18th!

Lutheran Social Services of New York

January 31, 2017 – For more than 130 years, Lutheran Social Services of New York has aided immigrants and refugees who have sought safety, family reunification and U.S. citizenship to become an essential part of New York’s rich cultural diversity; the immigrants we have served have given back, contributing to the American ideals of inclusion and equality.

Recent executive orders on immigration, which bar lawful admissions from seven Muslim-majority countries, direct the construction of a wall on the U.S.-Mexico border, and take unprecedented steps to prevent refugees and asylum seekers from entering the United States, run counter to LSSNY’s mission to fight on behalf of all people, regardless of race, creed, color, gender, national origin or religion.

Since 1995, our Immigration Legal Program has provided representation, legal advice and community outreach to thousands of immigrants and refugees across New York City. Along with our congregant and community partners, we represent immigrants seeking protection from persecution and violence, families seeking reunification and aspiring U.S. citizens from all over the world.

“We are proud of our ongoing and strong partnership here in New York, and across the nation with Lutheran Immigration and Refugee Service. Together, we serve as witnesses to God’s love for all people and we stand with, and advocate for, immigrants and refugees. We look to transform our communities through ministries of service and justice,” said Rev. Dr.  David Benke, LSSNY’s CEO/President.

As a nation of immigrants, we are stronger when we embrace diversity, inclusion and equality, and LSSNY is committed to continuing our fight to protect these American ideals.

To find out more about LSSNY immigration services, visit their website:

About Lutheran Social Services of New York:
Founded in 1886, Lutheran Social Services of New York is a nonprofit social service organization devoted to strengthening lives, families and community. Lutheran Social Services of New York has developed a wide range of educational and community programs to assist 7,000 people across New York every day to reach their full potential. To learn more about their programs, visit



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