Partners with North Star Fund to Distribute $5.5 Million to 35+ Black-led Organizations

2021-09-20T18:59:29+00:00September 15th, 2021|News|

PR Newswire and New York-based community foundation, North Star Fund, announced more than 35 Black-led organizations across the United States that will receive grant funding from's $5.5 million Racial Justice Fund... The grant recipients [including the Freedom Agenda of the Urban Justice Center] work on the frontlines of Racial Justice to disrupt anti-black racism and empower communities of color.”

As Conditions at Rikers Reach Crisis Levels, Concerns About Heat Persist

2021-09-20T15:59:16+00:00September 13th, 2021|News|

City Limits

“We’ve had stories of people telling us they’ve had to bend down and put their lips on the ground to suck air from under the door because it’s so hot and humid inside those cells that they’re literally sucking for cold air from the door from any cracks they can find,” said Brandon Holmes, of the Urban Justice Center.

How to support sex trafficking survivors without harming consenting sex workers

2021-09-20T19:01:02+00:00September 11th, 2021|News|


“Answering what is the best group is "a tricky question because many organizations that serve survivors are more localized,” says Kate D'Adamo, a long-time sex worker rights advocate who previously was the national policy advocate at the Sex Workers Project at the Urban Justice Center, which works to destigmatize and decriminalize people in the sex trade. The best group may not have the best SEO on Google, and many anti-porn sex trafficking national groups take out ads on search platforms.”

NY State’s Excluded Workers Fund Could Be Nationwide Model, If Workers Can Navigate the Restrictions

2021-08-25T19:46:57+00:00August 24th, 2021|News|

Next City

Carina Kaufman-Gutierez, deputy director of the UJC's Street Vendor Project, said the fact that that program disburses money through the Department of Labor rather than non-profits was important and one of the key advocacy areas of the coalition. This would reflect the state’s long-shirked responsibility to undocumented immigrants, she says.

Boost to Skimpy Low-Income Housing Vouchers Leaves Formerly Homeless at Risk of Return to Shelters

2021-08-25T16:25:58+00:00August 23rd, 2021|News|

The City

Two days before the bill went to a planned May 26 vote committee vote, a fourth version of the measure appeared, without any mention of income qualifications. That gave HRA the power to continue imposing its own income cap. Advocates [including our Safety Net Project] noticed the change in the city’s online bill tracker and immediately pressed Levin to restore the missing line lifting the income limits as well as a time limit on aid, to no avail.

The Community Engagement Power 50

2021-08-25T19:44:17+00:00August 22nd, 2021|News|

City & State NY

Mohamed Attia With nearly a decade of experience as a street vendor in New York City to inform his efforts, Mohamed Attia has advocated on behalf of more than 10,000 vendors in the city throughout the COVID-19 pandemic. Attia championed legislation passed earlier this year by the New York City Council that expanded the number of permits available to street vendors. However, The UJC's Street Vendor Project’s fight isn’t over yet: It continues to push for the city to stop penalizing unlicensed vendors.

Eviction Crisis Will Put NYC’s Right To Counsel To The Test

2021-08-25T19:26:59+00:00August 22nd, 2021|News|

Law 360

Marika Dias, managing director of the Safety Net Project, a legal assistance program operated by the Urban Justice Center, said that with the pandemic-induced housing emergency and a backlog of 18,000 evictions cases pre-pandemic, the city will have to pour more money into civil legal aid services to be able to deliver on its promise — and follow its own law.

Utah politicians applaud OnlyFans’ ban of sexually explicit content, but questions remain

2021-08-25T19:31:38+00:00August 20th, 2021|News|

KSL Utah

Harper Zacharias, director of development of the Sex Workers Project at the Urban Justice Center said the move by OnlyFans "indicates a troubling willingness of OnlyFans to bend under the slightest pressure of financial institutions. OnlyFans has made its fortune off of the backs of sex workers during a time of global crisis."

After Outcry, NYC Opens Emergency Housing Vouchers to More Homeless New Yorkers

2021-08-18T14:17:09+00:00August 18th, 2021|News|

City Limits

“It’s positive the city made this change. It only took community outcry, intervention from the federal government, and the reality of facing a potential lawsuit for discriminating against people with disabilities,” said Craig Hughes, a supervising social worker at the Urban Justice Center’s Safety Net Project.

He Stayed Afloat Selling $3 Tacos. Now He Faces $2,000 in Fines.

2021-08-18T15:23:28+00:00August 17th, 2021|News|

New York Times

Carina Kaufman-Gutierrez, deputy director of the Street Vendor Project of the Urban Justice Center, said that the city’s decision to turn over enforcement to a civilian agency had represented a “huge step” toward decriminalizing vendors — who in the past had their goods confiscated by the police, and were even arrested for selling churros. Still, she said, the recent crackdown was a missed opportunity to fuel the city’s economic recovery from the ground up.