OLA attorney Andrew Strong
OLA attorney Andrew Strong

Organizacion Latino-Americana of the East End, known locally as OLA, has long been devoting its funding to providing direct assistance to local immigrants. This week, the 15-year-old non-profit is opening an office in the heart of downtown East Hampton to provide meeting space for attorneys and advocates.

“I chose to work from home and to enjoy collaborations with the many partners we have across the East End,” said OLA Executive Director Minerva Perez as she announced the office’s opening Jan. 22. “I always managed to find a place to meet and to work…Now that we have a dedicated Human Rights Attorney, it is time to have an appropriate space for an advocacy office.” 

Located near the intersection of Main Street and Newtown Lane in the heart of East Hampton Village, the office will be a place to hold conferences with lawyers, train volunteers, meet with community members to determine proper referrals, and, in rare cases, directly represent clients as needed for such complaints as wage theft and other prevalent exploitations. 

Andrew Strong, OLA’s full-time lawyer will predominantly work from this space, along with an administrative assistant, yet to be hired. 

The funding for this office comes from individual donations as well as private foundations. 

Should individuals wish to meet with OLA representatives, they should call: 631.899.3441.

This is not a walk-in office. All consultations will happen by appointment only. 

Beth Young
Beth Young is an award-winning local journalist who has been covering the East End since the 1990s. She began her career at the Sag Harbor Express and, after receiving her Masters from the Columbia University Graduate School of Journalism, has reported for the Southampton Press, the East Hampton Press and the Times/Review Media Group. She founded the East End Beacon website in 2013, and a print edition in 2017. Beth was born and raised on the North Fork. In her spare time, she tinkers with bicycles, tries not to drown in the Peconic Bay and hopes to grow the perfect tomato. You can send her a message at editor@eastendbeacon.com

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