New NYC Eviction Cases Start To Move As State Teases Action

2020-12-23T20:18:21+00:00December 23rd, 2020|Press|

Law 360

But Marika Dias, managing director of the Safety Net Project at the Urban Justice Center, called it "entirely unjust and shameful" that the courts have begun issuing default judgments in these cases. Tenants have run into trouble when they try to answer their petitions by phone, as the courts have instructed them to do, she said.

NY renters face pandemic evictions ahead of Christmas, even with moratorium. What to know.

2020-12-22T19:12:10+00:00December 21st, 2020|Press|

Lo Hud

Both depend on tenants paying thousands of dollars in back rent that they will likely not have and actively taking steps to assert that protection, Marika Dias, managing director of the Safety Net Project at the Urban Justice Center, said.

Ti ammali, perdi il lavoro, non paghi più la casa: il dramma homeless travolge gli Usa

2021-01-11T13:58:16+00:00December 15th, 2020|News, Press|

«Quella federale è comunque una moratoria limitata, perché non si applica automaticamente a tutti gli inquilini, occorre rispettare determinati criteri per beneficiarne», ci spiega Marika Dias, avvocato di Urban Justice Center, una rete di “cliniche” legali impegnate anche nelle battaglie contro gli sfratti di massa.

NYC Marshals Carry Out First Evictions Since Pandemic Onset

2020-11-30T14:27:09+00:00November 25th, 2020|News, Press|

Law 360

"Without a comprehensive eviction moratorium, tenants are now being put out onto the streets, in the middle of a pandemic and heading into the winter," said Marika Dias, attorney and director of the Safety Net Project at the Urban Justice Center in New York City. "This is simply cruel."

First Tenant Evicted in NYC since the Pandemic Started. Here’s What It Means

2020-11-30T15:42:28+00:00November 24th, 2020|News, Press|

The City

Marika Dias, a tenant attorney and director of the Safety Net Project at the Urban Justice Center, said: “We really have reached a moment where it’s clear that the lack of political action does not just have hypothetical consequences, but it has the very real consequences that people are being put out of their homes in the middle of a pandemic.

NYers Are Getting Evicted During the Pandemic. Lawmakers Must Act Now.

2020-11-30T14:14:18+00:00November 24th, 2020|News, Press|

City Limits

There are now more than 200,000 families across New York State in eviction court. Since Cuomo opened the door to new eviction cases in June, over 33,000 cases have been filed. With a million-plus New York tenants behind on their rent, this number will continue to rise.‘ - Marika Dias


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.