Our Mission Statement
The Urban Justice Center has advocated for and empowered New York City's most vulnerable residents through a combination of direct legal service, systemic advocacy, community education and political organizing. We assist our clients on numerous levels, from one-on-one legal advice in soup kitchens, to helping individuals access housing and government assistance, to filing class action lawsuits to bring about systemic change.
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The UJC is composed of eleven 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 Seekers 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.