First Friends of New Jersey and New York


‘First Friends’ is a non-profit organization that aids undocumented peoples in the New Jersey and New York area. They provide services to those struggling with citizenship with a sense of community. They work closely with faith-based communities with the common interest in gaining rights for undocumented people.

Sally Pillay is the program director for ‘First Friends’. Hailing from South Africa, she began as an intern in 2008. Pillay continued to work hard to receive her MSW in International Community Development, with a focus in Human Rights and Social Justice. Click below to hear our Q&A with Pillay:


Q: How did the organization start?



Q: What kind of people come to you for help?



Q: Are men and women treated differently?



Q: How would you describe your relationship with your clients?



Q: Has the organization seen any opposition?



Q: Do you believe your work is helping to change the way these undocumented people are treated?



Q: Can you talk about First Friends’ relationship with immigration detention centers?



Q: What are you doing to spread the word about ‘First Friends’ and the services you provide?



‘First Friends’ has made an impact on the undocumented community as well as uniting with faith based organizations in fighting for the rights of undocumented people.


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