Our Unique Structure

 

Our unique structure is at the heart of our success working with diverse and highly-stigmatized populations. Our model is one of empowerment, for the people we serve and the attorneys, social workers, and advocates who serve them.

We believe that our clients, and the staff working closest with them, are the best experts on their legal needs. Each of our Projects has absolute freedom to work in the way that is best for the people they serve. They also raise their own funds, with overhead assistance from our executive office. Together, we make the Urban Justice Center an interconnected network of anti-poverty initiatives, and we are strengthened by working in concert.

In brief, our projects are as follow:


The Community Development Project strengthens the impact of grassroots organizations.
Visit their website here for more information.


The Domestic Violence Project helps victims of domestic violence and their children live free of violence. Visit their website here for more information.


The Human Rights Project uses a human rights framework to fight domestic poverty and discrimination. Visit their website here for more information.


The International Refugee Assistance Project provides hope and help to the world’s most vulnerable refugees. For more information, click here.


The Mental Health Project works to enforce the rights of low-income NYers with mental health issues. Visit their website here for more information.


The Peter Cicchino Youth Project focuses on the civil legal needs of homeless LGBTQQ youth in NYC. Visit their website here for more information.


The Safety Net Project works to ensure access to public benefits for low-income NYers. Visit their website here for more information.


The Sex Workers Project focuses on legal services/training, reporting & advocacy for sex workers. Visit their website here for more information.


The Street Vendor Project works to correct social and economic injustice faced by NYC street vendors. Visit their website here for more information.


The Veteran Advocacy Project provides free legal services to low-income veterans. Visit their website here for more information.

To meet the ever changing needs of our city, we are on occasion open to initiating new projects focused on the legal rights of poor New York City residents. If you have developed a project that you think might work in our model, and meets a pressing legal need we are not already addressing, please contact Gretchen Nealon at GNealon@urbanjustice.org.