What immigrants in New York can do to stay safe in the era of Trump

President-elect Donald Trump has threatened to deport up to 3 million immigrants once he is in office. This is a scary time to be an immigrant in the United States, but you do not need to sit by and watch. There are a number of things you can do to better protect yourself and your … Read moreWhat immigrants in New York can do to stay safe in the era of Trump

LawHelpNY launches new resources for NYC tenants who need information on eviction and housing court

LawHelpNY.org is excited to announce the launch of its New York City Housing Mini-Portal. With a focus on non-payment proceedings, the resources are designed to help the 99% of tenants who navigate NYC Housing Court without an attorney. The new mini-portal includes: An interactive step-by-step timeline outlining the key steps in a non-payment case. Checklists … Read moreLawHelpNY launches new resources for NYC tenants who need information on eviction and housing court

Legal Aid and others provide representation for detained immigrants

Currently, there is no right to legal counsel for immigrants, including people seeking asylum and families with children and those who cannot afford an attorney find themselves navigating the court system alone. In response, The Legal Aid Society and our legal services partners formed the New York Immigrant Family Unity Project (NYIFUP), an innovative project … Read moreLegal Aid and others provide representation for detained immigrants

We’ve made improvements to LawHelpNY.org

Legal information is complex, and in our quest to simplify it for our visitors the first, crucial task is helping people find what they’re looking for. To that end, a lot of thought has gone into LawHelpNY’s navigation structure over its history. We are rolling out our latest attempt to make our materials more intuitive … Read moreWe’ve made improvements to LawHelpNY.org

Housing Court Answers is now available in Spanish

New York City housing court can be challenging. It might even make you feel like a tourist in your own city. And it can be especially tricky without legal representation (going “pro-se”). Luckily there are a number of resources available, like LawHelpNY’s NYC housing court mini-portal, to help you navigate housing court. For instance, the … Read moreHousing Court Answers is now available in Spanish

Growing our user community: 2016 LHI Tech Summit

It’s hard to believe time has gone by so quickly, but earlier this month I attended my fourth LawHelp Interactive (LHI) annual technical summit. This 2-day summit has served as a time to meet in-person with the full LHI team which spans from Coast to Coast, as well as with various LHI field partners, funders, … Read moreGrowing our user community: 2016 LHI Tech Summit

Myths vs. Facts on Gender Identity Protections

Under the NYC Human Rights Law – and as emphasized by Mayor Bill de Blasio‘s Executive Order on Monday – transgender and gender non-conforming New Yorkers can use single-sex facilities that correspond with their gender identity. The Commission has compiled – and corrected – some common “myths” about this aspect of our Law, as seen … Read moreMyths vs. Facts on Gender Identity Protections

Challenges of Homeless Students in NYC

“New York City has reached its highest levels of homelessness since the Great Depression,” according to Assemblywoman Latoya Joyner in an article on CityLimits.org.  With one out of every nine students in New York City public schools experiencing homelessness in the past four years, the impact on children’s education cannot be overstated. Students who are … Read moreChallenges of Homeless Students in NYC