MFY Urges City to Adopt Standards for Collecting Immigration Status

In testimony before the New York City Department of Consumer Affairs and other agencies, MFY Supervising Attorney Maia Goodell urged that the city adopt clear standards for all agencies, including law enforcement, to ensure that immigration status is not collected unless essential, that personal information is safeguarded to the maximum extent possible, and that all voluntary provision of such information to federal authorities cease. Noting that many immigrant workers are unaware of their rights or afraid to assert them, MFY urged that city agencies include workers’ compensation in their screenings and referrals.