Mayor de Blasio Announces Beginning of Major Construction Activities for Borough Based Jails Program

2021-07-07T14:39:19+00:00June 25th, 2021|Press|


Mayor Bill de Blasio today announced the beginning of construction activities on the parking garage and community space alongside a new jail in Kew Gardens. The construction marks the first major activity in the Borough-Based Jails Program, an $8.3 billion effort to construct four new, smaller, and more humane jails in Manhattan, the Bronx, Brooklyn, and Queens, to replace the jails on Rikers Island.

Nonprofit Raises Over $167K to Help NY’s Struggling Street Food Vendors Feed the Hungry

2021-05-26T13:29:42+00:00May 25th, 2021|News, Press|

Yahoo News

The Urban Justice Center, a nonprofit organization that supports New York’s marginalized groups through advocacy and legal representation, has been actively helping street food vendors get back on their feet while also feeding the hungry through its Street Vendor Project.

Out-Of-Work Asian Street Vendors Feed Food-Insecure Communities In NYC

2021-05-26T13:32:27+00:00May 24th, 2021|News, Press|


In this time of need, one group stepped in with a solution, at least for food vendors: Over the last year, the Urban Justice Center’s Street Vendor Project ― through major funding from the Stavros Niarchos Foundation’s $100 million COVID-19 relief effort ― paid more than 90 vendors to get back in their trucks and cook free meals for food-insecure New Yorkers.

NYC Touts Drop in Street Homelessness, But Advocates Say Count Obscures Extent of Crisis

2021-05-26T13:53:03+00:00May 20th, 2021|News, Press|

City Limits

Ahead of the HOPE Count, the city stepped up these number of sweeps, according to records obtained by the Safety Net Project, a group that is part of the Urban Justice Center. A DHS spokesperson said city officials “address conditions as they occur.”

HBO Crime Drama ‘Mare of Easttown’ Perpetuates A Familiar and Dangerous Trope

2021-05-26T14:44:04+00:00May 17th, 2021|News, Press|

Pop Matters

According to a study done by the Sex Workers Project of the Urban Justice Center, "Eighty percent of street based prostitutes interviewed had experiences or been threatened with violence while working."

Growing calls to legalize U.S. street vendors post pandemic

2021-05-05T19:18:42+00:00May 5th, 2021|Press|


In New York City, street vendor policy had been stuck since the 1980s, when officials capped permits at about 3,000 despite demand from at least 12,000 vendors, said Mohamed Attia, head of the nonprofit Urban Justice Center’s Street Vendor Project.

How Rikers Island Became a Vehicle for Justice (Once It Started Shutting Down)

2021-05-05T19:42:45+00:00May 3rd, 2021|Press|


In 2016, Pastoressa joined a small but rapidly growing group of advocates, including formerly incarcerated people and their families, in calling for the complete closure of the Rikers Island jail complex. Soon after, she became a leader in the movement to close Rikers, and later one of the founding members of Freedom Agenda, a project of the Urban Justice Center helping to organize the fight to dismantle New York City’s unjust incarceration system

4 Ways the Next Mayor and City Council Must Do Better on Street and Subway Homelessness

2021-05-05T13:07:03+00:00April 27th, 2021|Press|

Gotham Gazette

The Safety Net Project at the Urban Justice Center acquired the reasons for the rejections via the Freedom of Information Law (FOIL). The results were appalling, and showed the extent to which the Department of Social Services (DSS) and Department of Homeless Services (DHS) take a hands-off approach to the supportive housing application process. People were rejected because of their mental illness, the very reason supportive housing would likely have been a great fit in the first place.