ASC Covid-19 Update: Harlem Offices Closed

African Services Committee's offices in Harlem are closed temporarily because a member of ASC staff tested positive for Covid-19. ASC staff will be working remotely during this time.

For real-time New York City COVID-19 updates in English, text COVID to 692-692 or COVIDESP 692-692 for updates in Spanish and follow CDC guidelines at

ASC Contact information (Updated March 24, 2020) 

  • General ASC Inquiries: Please contact us with any questions at (212) 222-3882 to leave a message or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .
  • ASC Legal Department questions: 
    • Existing ASC Legal Department clients call 929-269-6494 and leave a voice message with the following information and your attorney and/or legal advocate will contact you as soon as possible:
      • Full name
      • Phone number
      • Name of your attorney or legal advocate
      • Brief explanation of what you need or the purpose for your call
    • ASC Legal Hotline is 929-269-6494. Please leave a voice message with the following information:
      • Full name
      • Phone number
      • Brief explanation of what they need or the purpose for their call 
      • If you are calling with an immigration issue that is an emergency, or that a relative has been detained by Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE), please call the Office for New Americans at 800-566-7636 to receive immediate assistance.


Immigration and Immigrant Rights

  • New York Immigration Coalition COVID-19 Community Resources Page here
  • Effective March 21, United States Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) will accept all benefit forms and documents with reproduced original signatures, including the Form I-129, Petition for Nonimmigrant Worker, for submissions dated March 21, 2020, and after. Click here for more information.
  • Effective March 18, USCIS is suspending in-person services at its field offices, asylum offices, and application support centers until April 1st. However, USCIS staff will continue to perform duties that do not involve contact with the public. In the meantime, please call the USCIS Contact Center for assistance with emergency immigration-related services.
  • Effective March 18, Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) will seek to arrest only persons whom they believe are “public safety risks” and certain individuals with criminal backgrounds.For all others, ICE will exercise discretion to delay arrests until after the public health crisis diminishes or utilize alternatives. See the announcement here.
  • USCIS has confirmed that the Public Charge rule does not restrict access to testing, screening, or treatment of communicable diseases, including COVID-19. USCIS Alert
  • Department of Public Health has FAQs in English, Spanish, Traditional Chinese, Simplified Chinese, Vietnamese, Tagalog, and Japanese: wash hands, social distancing, extra caution for elderly/pregnant/those with underlying conditions. (Other languages also available)
  • Legal Aid at Work provides clarity about Undocumented Workers’ Employment Rights, as well as a Coronavirus FAQs in English, Spanish & Chinese


Health and Safety



  • The MTA’s coronavirus page offers service updates, prevention measures and other information.
  • You can find more information about the precautions the MTA is taking here.
  • You can find more information about MetroCard Mobile Sales Service Centers here
  • You can find more information about our Customer Service Center at 3 Stone Street here
  • NYC Access a Ride Resources.


Schools and Education

  • All NYC schools are closed until at least April 20. Over 400 school locations will be serving free Grab and Go meals for students and their families. Locations will be open 7:30 a.m. until 1:30 p.m. and will have three meals per person available. Parents can find the closest location serving meals here
  • Starting March 23, students will transition to remote learning. Families with technological needs should fill out this survey (click here) which is now offered in 9 languages. Please contact 718-935-5100 or your school’s principal if you have not received and/or filled out the technology survey.
  • The school system has resources in English for students in grades Pre-K through 12 at
  • More information about the transition to remote learning, Regional Enrichment Centers for children of essential workers and vulnerable populations, meals, and other core services in New York City will be made available for families at
  • Early child care centers may still remain open if they can operate safely. Contact your child care center directly to find out whether they will remain open.
  • Virtual Parent Teacher Conferences for high schools, K-12, and 6-12 schools originally scheduled for March 19th and 20th are postponed.
  • The city Department of Education coronavirus page contains the latest schools information and updates.
  • The City University of New York coronavirus page offers updates as classes transition online.
  • The State University of New York coronavirus page offers similar information for the state college system.
  • The New York Public Library has a comprehensive list of digital resources, including access to e-books, research e-journals, online newspapers, and resources for young learners. 
  • All NYC public schools will be closed until at least April 20. Parents are urged to access their NYSCA for information and remote learning, which will begin by March 23. Until then, parents are encouraged to keep their children reading and doing online and workbook practices and following any interim directives from their individual schools.
  • To sign into your NYCSA (NYC Schools Account)  go to - If you have not yet signed up for one, or need instructions go to - Resources
Thanks to The New York Immigration Coalition and Immigrants Rising