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COVID-19 Resources

AABANY’s Pro Bono and Community Service Committee has compiled this list of resources related to COVID-19 to assist anyone seeking information on the following topics (click on the link below to be taken to the page for that topic):

To view the resources list in Chinese, click here
按此閱讀中文資訊


To view the resources list in Korean, click here
자원들을 한국어로 보시려면, 여기를 (here) 누르십시오.


To view the resources list in Japanese, click here
日本語でご覧になりたい方は、ここをクリックしてください。

AABANY's Ongoing Pro Bono Projects

AABANY REMOTE PRO BONO LEGAL CLINIC

Our Monthly Pro Bono Walk-in Clinics in Manhattan, Brooklyn, and Queens have been suspended due to the COVID-19 emergency.

In response to the ongoing needs of the Asian Pacific American community, particularly those with limited English proficiency, during this pandemic, through the Pro Bono and Community Service Committee, AABANY has launched a Remote Legal Clinic to provide information and assistance by remote access. Individuals can now call and request assistance from volunteer attorneys by phone with legal issues such as immigration, housing, employment, family, elder law, anti-Asian violence, and those pertaining to small businesses. Interpreters are available in Mandarin, Cantonese, Korean, and Japanese.

Details: To speak to a volunteer lawyer, please call and leave a message, stating your name, telephone number, preferred language, and description of your legal issue. A volunteer attorney will return your call. Attorney volunteers will be providing legal information only and will not be taking on legal representation. 

By Telephone:

  • To leave a message in English or Chinese, please call (929) 251-3022 
  • To leave a message iIn Korean or Japanese, please call (516) 690-7724

By Email: probono@aabany.org

BACKGROUND: Since the inauguration of the monthly walk-in pro bono clinic in 2015, thousands of low-income community members have received thoughtful assistance and appropriate legal referrals from AABANY members. Click on the below to see: 

Press release on July 6, 2020, announcing the relaunch of the Pro Bono Clinic as a Remote Clinic 

● Press release on January 5, 2017 announcing the move to Chinese Chamber of Commerce of New York, Inc. 

● Press release on December 8, 2015, announcing the launch of these pro bono monthly clinics at Chinese Consolidated Benevolent Association 

SEEKING VOLUNTEERS: Attorneys and interpreters are needed and welcomed. All volunteers must be AABANY members for professional liability coverage purposes. A volunteer may become an AABANY member here. Volunteers should bring open ears, patience, and compassion. Attorneys and interpreters interested in volunteering for the Pro Bono Clinic should contact the Pro Bono and Community Service Committee at clinic.volunteer@aabany.org.

Each and every volunteer attorney and interpreter who participates in these clinics receive a by-name shout-out in AABANY's Announcements. 

RESOURCES FOR THE CLINIC: The Clinic can only operate with the generosity of donors and volunteers. Please support this important AABANY project and expand the APA community’s access to justice by making a donation to the Clinic. The Asian American Law Fund of New York is serving as its fiscal sponsor. Indicate in the notes or memo line that this donation is made specifically to benefit the Clinic. Please contact karen.yau@aabany.org with any questions or leads about supporting the Clinic financially. 

If you have any questions or suggestions about the Remote Pro Bono Legal Clinic or any other pro bono activities and services, please contact Pro Bono and Community Service Committee Co-chair Karen Kithan Yau at karen.yau@aabany.org or probono@aabany.org.

Volunteer Opportunities for Lawyers

We commend your giving spirit and want to support your endeavors to better the community while honing your skills as a lawyer. If you would like to be added to our roster of potential volunteers for the Monthly Clinic (see above) or for other pro bono activities, please reach out to the Pro Bono & Community Service Committee at clinic.volunteer@aabany.org.

Community Resources (Not AABANY Related)

Here are some legal and community resources for APA community members. 

General Legal Assistance

  • Law Help NY provides a hotline list for those seeking help with legal issues in New York.
  • The Legal Aid Society of New York provides legal assistance to low-income families and individuals in a variety of matters and acts as the Public Defender in New York City.Legal Services NYC also provides legal assistance to low-income people on civil matters.
  • The New York City Bar Association provides a legal referral service for those who are able to pay their attorneys.

Topical Legal Assistance


We do not receive any compensation for the placement of these links on our website, and we do not intend to create an attorney-client relationship.