Can NYC Reopen Its Housing Courts Safely?

2020-08-05T12:19:20+00:00August 3rd, 2020|Press|

Commercial Observer

“There are questions about how to conduct something as complex as a trial, where people need to be able to cross-examine and raise objections of someone giving testimony, when they aren’t in the physical presence of the witness,” said Marika Dias, the managing director of the Safety Net project at the Urban Justice Center.

The Creative Resilience Project adds hope and joy to the streets of New York during a time of crisis and uncertainty

2020-08-12T12:34:29+00:00July 27th, 2020|Press|

Angela Del Sol

“Creative Resilience” has been a four-month project born out of the necessity to use art as a way to cope with the disarray of 2020 and as a community therapy to heal, connect, and communicate solutions. Angela Del Sol, a Colombian-American social entrepreneur and arts activist, chose to partner with The Brave House in order to represent the immigrant voice during a crisis and uplift the morale of the city through beauty, color, and true collaboration. It is a public art display of justice, inclusivity, and community.

The NYPD’s Facial Recognition Policy Leaves A Lot of Leeway the Department Says It’s Not Using

2020-07-27T12:18:33+00:00July 22nd, 2020|Press|

Gotham Gazette

"The protocols described by the facial identification policy are quite broad and are still open to rampant abuse," said Albert Fox Cahn, founder and executive director of the Surveillance Technology Oversight Project (STOP) at the Urban Justice Center.

The Microsoft Police State: Mass Surveillance, Facial Recognition, and the Azure Cloud

2020-07-15T14:43:15+00:00July 14th, 2020|Press|

The Intercept

The NYPD has a history of police abuse, and civil rights and liberties advocates like Urban Justice Center’s Surveillance Technology Oversight Project have protested the system out of constitutional concerns, with little success to date.

Brooklyn To Resume Some Pre-Pandemic Housing Trials

2020-07-09T18:24:48+00:00July 9th, 2020|Press|

Law 360

Marika Dias, managing director of the Safety Net Project at the Urban Justice Center, urged the court to reverse course "immediately." "NYC housing court's indication that they intend to move forward with eviction trials is dangerous and shows a complete disregard for the lives of tenants, their families and the community at large," she said. "It is also entirely at odds with the directive from New York state's chief administrative judge, which explicitly suspends all eviction cases statewide until further notice."

State of NYC Housing on All of It w/ Alison Stewart

2020-07-09T12:37:14+00:00July 6th, 2020|Press|

Alison Stewart - NPR

Marika Dias, tenant attorney and director of the Safety Net Project at the Urban Justice Center, explains what tenants should know about the new Tenant Safe Harbor Act, and why many are still pushing for rent during the pandemic to be cancelled altogether.

NYC’s coronavirus tracing program is making small strides

2020-07-06T15:16:04+00:00July 1st, 2020|Press|

City and State

“The lack of privacy protections (when it comes to contact tracing) is a nightmare but also a potential public health catastrophe,” Albert Fox Cahn, the founder and executive director of the Surveillance Technology Oversight Project at the Urban Justice Center, a civil rights and privacy advocacy group, told City & State.

NYPD may soon have to divulge surveillance technologies

2020-07-06T15:16:59+00:00June 29th, 2020|Press|

Roll Call

The legislation earned the support of powerful allies, including the American Civil Liberties Union, the Legal Aid Society, the Brennan Center for Justice and the Urban Justice Center’s Surveillance Technology Oversight Project, or STOP, which campaigns specifically for limitations on surveillance by the NYPD.

Vendor, Vidi, Vici

2020-07-06T14:51:37+00:00June 29th, 2020|Press|


A non-profit based in Lower Manhattan has successfully lobbied for street vendors to be removed from the jurisdiction of the NYPD, as a means of furthering social justice. The Street Vendor Project (part of the Urban Justice Center, based at 40 Rector Street) has pushed for years to take enforcement of regulations governing street vendors away from the police.