Undocumented immigrants and their families are often vulnerable to illegal police tactics and citizenship scams. But there are basic rights and protections that all immigrants in New York State – regardless of their immigration status – have when interacting with ICE and applying for citizenship.

CUP teamed up with The New York Immigration Coalition (NYIC) and designer Luiza Dale to create Immigrants & NY, a fold-out poster in English, Spanish, and French. The illustrated poster guides immigrants in New York State on how to avoid immigration scams, protect their families when interacting with ICE, and create a plan for their family in the event of deportation.

Immigrants & NY launched at one of New York Immigration Coalition’s Key to the City events, a monthly fair they host around the city to help immigrants access resources. Thousands of copies of the guide are being distributed across New York City and State through their coalition members.

Resources & Links

The New York Immigration Coalition (NYIC) is an umbrella policy and advocacy organization for more than 200 groups working with immigrants and refugees in New York State. The NYIC envisions a New York State that is stronger because all people are welcome, treated fairly, and given the chance to pursue their dreams.

Luiza Dale is a graphic designer based in Brooklyn interested in community building and self-reflection.

Making Policy Public is a program of the Center for Urban Pedagogy (CUP). CUP partners with policy advocates and graphic designers to produce foldout posters that explain complicated policy issues, like this one.

Funding Support

Support for this project was provided by the National Endowment for the Arts and public funds from the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs in partnership with the City Council.

General support for CUP’s programs is provided in part by The Kresge Foundation, Laurie M. Tisch Illumination Fund, Lily Auchincloss Foundation, Mertz Gilmore Foundation, New York Foundation, Surdna Foundation, and the New York State Council on the Arts with the support of Governor Andrew M. Cuomo and the New York State Legislature. 

Special Thanks

Saleem Almasyabi, Claudia Calhoon, Fabiana Cruz, Christine Gaspar, Juan Carlos Islas, Anu Joshi, Mark Libatique, Maria Morales, Khadim Niang, Siyona Ravi, Christina Samuels, Emilio Vides-Curnen



  • Oscar Nuñez
  • Clair Beltran
  • Ingrid Haftel
    • New York Immigration Coalition
    • Advocate Partners
    • Mayra Aldás-Deckert
    • Kemah E. George
    • Samantha Van Doran
    • Designer
    • Luiza Dale