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MARCH TO THE MAYOR’S HOUSE because Rikers is still a human rights crisis

2020-11-23T13:51:17+00:00November 23rd, 2020|Event, Event Redirect|

Both inside and outside of New York City's jails, Covid-19 is disproportionately harming low-income Black and brown communities. While the City braces for a second wave of the virus, the number of people in City jails has been steadily climbing. People in the jails, their loved ones, and advocates have sounded the alarm, but received no response from the Mayor. In recognition of Human Rights Week, join us to honor the people who have died on Rikers and who are suffering there now, and demand that the City address the worsening human rights crisis in City jails – by calling on judges to release people, investing in housing for people coming home and in meeting our communities’ needs, ending solitary confinement, holding DOC accountable, and passing the Renewable Rikers plan. March ends at Gracie Mansion (starting less than 1 mile away – starting point will be announced soon). If you’d like to get involved in planning calls for this action, please email bholmes@urbanjustice.org

Housing Staff Attorney – Multiple Positions

2020-11-18T19:08:57+00:00November 18th, 2020|Vacancy|

The Safety Net Project (SNP) seeks applicants for multiple Housing Staff Attorney positions. SNP’s Staff Attorneys provide direct legal representation to tenants in landlord-tenant cases, including civil proceedings in NYC Housing Court, affirmative litigation and New York City Housing Authority (NYCHA) administrative hearings and appeals.

UJC AND CLEARY GOTTLIEB FOIA LITIGATION OBTAINS DOCUMENTS ON USCIS BLANK SPACES POLICY

2020-11-13T16:06:20+00:00November 13th, 2020|News, Press|

Today, the Urban Justice Center’s Domestic Violence Project (DVP) released internal U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) records revealing the rushed implementation and devastating impact of USCIS’s “no-blanks” policy, which purports to empower USCIS to reject U-visa petitions, among other immigration applications, solely because they contain blank answer fields.... Over the past nine months, USCIS has utilized the no-blanks policy to reject properly-filed U-visa petitions for trivial and nonsensical reasons, such as when the “middle name” field in a U-visa petition is left blank because the crime victim has no middle name.

Street Vendors Call On City To Lift Cap On Permits

2020-11-18T14:54:09+00:00November 13th, 2020|Press|

Brooklyn Paper

According to Mohamed Attia from the Urban Justice Center, as many as 20,000 people may be selling food and other goods in the streets of the five boroughs — legally or illegally. “The city has failed in regulating street vending. The city has failed in supporting street vendors, the most marginalized small businesses in our city didn’t get any support before COVID, during COVID or after COVID,” Attia said.

Tapped-Out Tenants Take Charge as Landlords Pursue End Runs Around Eviction Moratorium

2020-11-18T19:59:27+00:00November 12th, 2020|News, Press|

The City

Harassment “has really heightened throughout the pandemic since the court system has not been an avenue that has been accessible,” said Marika Dias, tenant attorney and director of the Safety Net Project at the Urban Justice Center.

Street vendors march from Brooklyn to Manhattan calling for end of NYC permit cap

2020-11-18T14:49:17+00:00November 12th, 2020|Press|

AM NY

According to Mohamed Attia from the Urban Justice Center, while vendor permits are capped at 4,000, there could be as many as 20,000 people selling food and other goods in the streets of the five boroughs. “The city has failed in regulating street vending, the city has failed in supporting street vendors, the most marginalized small businesses in our city didn’t get any support before COVID, during COVID or after COVID,” Attia said. “Intro. 1116 will be the first step in the right direction… It is only one step in a very long road.”

Tapped-Out Tenants Take Charge as Landlords Pursue End Runs Around Eviction Moratorium

2020-11-16T14:27:22+00:00November 12th, 2020|Press|

The City NYC

Harassment “has really heightened throughout the pandemic since the court system has not been an avenue that has been accessible,” said Marika Dias, tenant attorney and director of the Safety Net Project at the Urban Justice Center. “There are without a doubt landlords who are trying to find other pathways that are less costly and fit with their business plans.”