OLA is Here for You
OLA exists to serve you. We work to effect change in the institutions our community depends on such as local police departments, governments, and schools. We also provide services that range from ensuring people meet basic needs and recover lost wages to offering Know Your Rights trainings and English and Spanish classes. Read on to learn more about how OLA can help you.
Advocacy and Legal Services
OLA’s policy, legal, and general advocacy includes fighting for local and state legislation that benefits immigrants, connecting people to trusted attorneys for a range of legal matters, and advocating on behalf of individual victims and for systemic change with East End police departments and the Suffolk County District Attorney’s office.
The strength, determination, and resilience of the Latino and immigrant community members we work with inspire us every day.
They are the lifeblood of our work.
"I feel very grateful to OLA because they supported me in a situation that probably would not have been resolved without their help. Like millions of others in this country, we do honest work day after day with the purpose of realizing our dreams and those of our families. But because we’re undocumented....
Yonny, who received the $1,000 he was owed from an employer after OLA’s intervention
“My daughter and I are two of the people who, thanks to your donations, OLA has been able to transport to and from medical appointments so that my daughter can receive her treatments. Thank you for your generosity, and may God bless you.”
Edelmira, mother of Marifer, a teen with cerebral palsy who relies on OLA’s medical transportation service to get to her appointments
“I want to thank OLA for all the help and support they have given me. They are very special people and, above all, dedicated to doing what they love to do—helping people with their situations and being our representatives and our voice in defending our rights. I am grateful for people like you. Keep it up because the people need you. Thank you for everything.”
Carlos, who will now receive the $5,000 he is owed from an employer, thanks to OLA’s intervention
Changing Lives, Changing Communities.
Through advocating for just and inclusive policies, creating healthier communities, addressing the immediate needs of community members, and building bridges through arts and culture, OLA works to create a more equitable, safe, and vibrant East End for all. We work directly with community members to ensure their legal, health, educational, and other needs are met. We work directly with local governments, police, and schools to increase awareness and sensitivity to help ensure that these institutions respond effectively and appropriately to the needs of Latino community members.