Our Mission Statement
The Urban Justice Center is a social justice advocacy organization that provides a platform for dynamic advocates to fuel social change, leading the way for a just, fair and decent society.. Through our work, we enable people to surpass the barriers of poverty. We serve New York City's most vulnerable residents through a combination of direct legal service, systemic advocacy, community education and political organizing. Over the last year, we closed 9,674 cases, benefiting over 14,500 people – and saving the government over $10 MILLION by preventing evictions and providing critical interventions in the social safety net.
The UJC is composed of twelve distinct Projects. The Projects are part of a unique organizational structure intended to foster creativity, excellence and ultimately meaningful results. The system requires the Project Directors to raise their own budgets in exchange for the freedom to direct and operate their Project as they see fit. The extraordinary level of autonomy has led to an unparalleled sense of ownership, translating to heightened motivation, risk taking, visionary thinking and general excellence.
Since our beginnings in 1981, the UJC has represented an extraordinary array of the most deprived and abused people in our society, including members of the working poor, and issues related to discrimination and oppression. We often defend the rights of people who are overlooked or turned away by other organizations. The Urban Justice Center reaches a wide-ranging client base through the following Projects:
- Asylum Seeker Advocacy Project
- Corrections Accountability Project
- Community Development Project
- Domestic Violence Project
- Safety Net Project
- Human Rights Project
- International Refugee Assistance Project
- Mental Health Project
- Peter Cicchino Youth Project
- Sex Workers Project
- Street Vendor Project
- Veteran Advocacy Project
Each year, our cumulative work results in thousands of victories on behalf of individual clients, as well as groundbreaking reforms that affect public policy nationwide.