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.”

Street Vendors To March Brooklyn Bridge In Plea For More Permits

2020-11-18T14:45:16+00:00November 11th, 2020|Press|

Patch

In a news release, the Urban Justice Center said some vendors are known to pay up to $25,000 for permits sold in an underground market while others continue selling food without permits. The group also alleges the city's 'Open Restaurants' and 'Open Storefront' initiatives are hypocritical and unjust, allowing 10,000 restaurants to serve food on the streets while vendors struggle.

Kamala Harris is our new VP, and that holds different meanings for people

2020-11-18T13:52:02+00:00November 9th, 2020|Press|

Daily Kos

“The victim narrative and rescue mentality that most Democrats take around sex work is not helpful,” said RJ Thompson, a human rights lawyer, longtime sex worker, and director of the Sex Workers Project. “We do not need to be rescued, we need our human rights protected.”

NY Gov. Orders Eviction Default Buffer In Wake Of Atty Pleas

2020-11-09T13:41:20+00:00November 5th, 2020|Press|

Law 360

"Leaving it up to individual judges to decide behind closed doors when they are considering a landlord's request for a default judgment is... bound to lead to a range of inconsistent results," said Marika Dias, attorney and director of the Safety Net Project at the Urban Justice Center.