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2006 Urban Justice Center I N D I VIDUAL RIGHTS & SOC I A L C H A N G E





























L E T T E R FROM THE EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR Dear Friends, At the end of every year, I find it useful to go back and look at my beginnings. The Urban Justice Center was founded on ideals of social change, human decency, community and independence. For more than two decades, we have not only championed these rights for our clients, but have also used them as the pillars upon which to build our agency; the lodestars by which to guide our work. Our Projects focus on different but often interrelated aspects of injustice, and within a legal framework they have the freedom to advocate for our clients in any way they see fit. Ours is a staff of experts with hundreds of years of combined experience. The Urban Justice Center exists to bring this talented group of individuals together and to set them free in the battle against poverty, homelessness, discrimination, and oppression. Our record shows the success of this philosophy. Every year, our attorneys, social workers and legal advocates provide direct support to thousands of individuals. Simultaneously, they gather

the information that allows us to publish groundbreaking reports and pursue wide-sweeping class action lawsuits. More than in words or accolades, it is in the work done and people helped that we measure our success. Success without sustainability, however, is a mere flash in the pan. As we stand poised on the threshold of our 23rd year, we are proud that not only have we continued to help the neediest members of our community, but that we have been able to expand our services every year. Again, I look backwards to measure our success. From our humble origins in an abandoned building in Harlem with a $25,000 grant, we have transformed into an agency of 8 projects, nearly 60 staff, and a budget of over $4,000,000. In 2007, we will take a crucial step to ensure our continued ability to champion the poor and dispossessed. After 10 years in our home at 666 Broadway, the Urban Justice Center is moving to a new, 20,000 square foot space in the Financial District at 123 Williams Street. The benefits of this location are many.

For the first time in years, our new home will allow all of our Projects to be housed on the same floor. This promotes the synergy of interaction and the interdependent community of thought that gives our advocacy its strength. Furthermore, this expanded space will support the tremendous growth we have undergone. Examining our beginnings lets us see not just how far we have come, however, but also how far we have to go. As you will see in these pages, this has been an exciting year not only for the Urban Justice Center as a whole, but also for our constituent Projects. Even as we recount our successes, however, we are readying for the clients, cases, and concerns that we will champion in the next year, and the year after that, and the year after that. Without your support, none of this work would be possible. On behalf of myself, the staff of the Urban Justice Center, and our clients, I hope you will join us in our efforts to achieve social justice.


Douglas Lasdon Executive Director


W H AT W E DO The Urban Justice Center serves New York City’s most vulnerable residents through a combination of direct legal service, systemic advocacy, community education and political organizing. We assist our clients on numerous levels, from one-on-one legal advice in soup kitchens, to helping individuals access housing and government assistance, to filing class action lawsuits to bring about systemic change. The UJC represents an extraordinary array of the most deprived and abused people in our society, including members of the working poor, and issues related to discrimination and oppression. We often defend the rights of people who are overlooked or turned away by other organizations. The Urban Justice Center reaches a wide-ranging client base through the following Projects: COMMUNITY DEVELOPMENT PROJECT DOMESTIC VIOLENCE PROJECT HOMELESSNESS OUTREACH AND PREVENTION PROJECT HUMAN RIGHTS PROJECT MENTAL HEALTH PROJECT PETER CICCHINO YOUTH PROJECT SEX WORKERS PROJECT STREET VENDOR PROJECT Each year, our cumulative work results in thousands of victories on behalf of individual clients, as well as groundbreaking reforms that affect public policy nationwide.


C O M M U NITY DEVELOPMENT PROJECT The Community Development Project (CDP) takes the Urban Justice model of creating positive social change for individuals, and applies it to grassroots community groups by providing legal, technical, research and policy assistance. CDP’s work is informed by the belief that real and lasting change in low-income, urban neighborhoods is often rooted in the empowerment of grassroots, community institutions. Every year, CDP works with more than 50 community organizations around New York City, whose total membership is in the thousands. CDP helps grassroots groups get off the ground, by doing everything from helping them write their bylaws, to advising them on how to avoid predatory lending institutions. By empowering groups within the community, CDP fosters longrange change that cannot be imposed from the outside.





LANDMARK 9/11 DETENTION CASE CDP brought suit on behalf of two Muslim men of Arab descent who were detained in the federal detention facility in Brooklyn shortly after September 11th, alleging that their detention was arbitrary and that they were subjected to abuse at the hands of federal prison employees. The U.S. recently settled one of the plaintiffs’ claims for $300,000. In October 2006, CDP and pro bono counsel Koob & Magoolaghan and Weil, Gotshal & Manges, LLP argued the case of the remaining plaintiff before the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit. Most of the supervisory defendants in the case, ranging from the prison warden up to the former U.S. Attorney General John Ashcroft, appealed the U.S. District Court’s decision that rejected their argument that the mistreatment was allegedly justified by law enforcement concerns.

HEAR THIS! THE NEED FOR MULTILINGUAL HOUSING SERVICES IN NEW YORK CITY CDP/Communities for Housing Equity Coalition released this report “EDUCATION NOT DEPORTATION: IMPACTS OF NEW YORK CITY SCHOOL SAFETY POLICY ON SOUTH ASIAN IMMIGRANT YOUTH” CDP and DRUM released this important report culminating over two years of work

IN DEPTH: CDP ANNOUNCES LAWSUIT ON BEHALF OF SUPERMARKET WORKERS CDP recently filed a lawsuit in United States District Court for the Eastern District of New York on behalf of nine former employees of the Food Bazaar Supermarket in the Brooklyn neighborhood of Bushwick, asking the court to award them more than $1.5 million in damages resulting from unpaid minimum wages and overtime compensation. The suit is part of CDP’s ongoing partnership with the National Mobilization Against Sweatshops to protect the rights of low-income workers throughout New York City. CDP’s pro bono co-counsel on this case is Outten & Golden LLP.

IN DEPTH: COLORS: NYC’S FIRST WORKER-OWNED COOPERATIVE RESTAURANT OPENS CDP celebrated the opening of COLORS, a worker-owned restaurant conceived by the Restaurant Opportunities Center of New York (ROC). CDP attorneys worked extensively with ROC to design the corporate structure and operating agreement.

D O M E S T IC VIOLENCE PROJECT The Domestic Violence Project (DVP) is dedicated to providing survivors of domestic violence and their children with the support and advocacy necessary to achieve freedom from the abuse and violence in their lives. Our mission demands a holistic approach in addressing the obstacles faced by our clients. Our dedicated and compassionate team of attorneys and clinicians work collaboratively to address the difficulties faced by our clients and their children by fully assessing each individual’s clinical and legal needs. Our clients do not present with solely one issue. It is customary that the decision to leave is fraught with danger and uncertainty. We understand this, and we provide hotline assistance to victims of domestic violence where their concerns are heard and addressed. DVP’s work incorporates a philosophy of collaboration. We believe that concerted efforts on all fronts: governmental, law enforcement and at the grass-roots level involving smaller community based organizations will provide the greatest impact. Collaboration provides for greater long-term societal change which in turn ensures greater safety and success for our clients and their children. We provide assistance to all victims of domestic violence irrespective of gender, and we provide culturally and linguistically appropriate services.

“I am proud to support the Urban Justice Domestic Violence Project in a coordinated campaign to target our resources how and where women need them the most. This program was specifically designed to work with community-based organizations that provide culturally relevant and multi-lingual services to immigrants and families from Central and Latin America and East and South Asia. By working with our local libraries, schools and cultural groups, we can ensure that all women have access to the support they need in a safe, trusted environment.” - Councilmember Hiram Monserrate











H O M E L ESSNESS OUTREACH AND P R E V E N TION PROJECT The Homelessness Outreach and Prevention Project (HOPP) advocates for economic justice for no and low income New Yorkers. To achieve this goal, HOPP uses a multi-pronged approach of direct service, litigation, policy advocacy and research to promote access to public benefits programs and ensure government accountability. With over one in five New York City residents living in poverty, many of whom are working at low wage jobs, our work has never been more critical. To reach and assist the people who need help, we provide direct services to over

1500 individuals and families each year at our legal clinics based in communities throughout the city: three in Manhattan, and one each in the Bronx, Brooklyn and Queens. To eradicate systemic barriers, we engage in impact litigation and policy advocacy designed to improve public benefits programs that can help lift people out of poverty. Our research helps highlight those problems and provides a framework for potential solutions, while seeking to give a voice to the experiences of people living in poverty. In all of our work, we seek to secure our clients’ basic human right to economic security.

DIRECT SERVICE 1500 People receive direct service from HOPP’s Legal Clinics around New York City this year. HOPP opened our first Queens Legal Clinic at Hour Children in October 2006* *Part of Robin Hood’s Single Stop Initiative

RESEARCH & POLICY ADVOCACY “A Better Recipe for New York City: Less Red Tape, More Food on the Table,” was released in January 2006, initiating policy advocacy around the issues addressed in the report.

IMPACT LITIGATION Williston v. Eggleston - On June 15, 2004, the Urban Justice Center, in conjunction with the Welfare Law Center and the New York Legal Assistance Group, filed Williston v. Eggleston, a federal class action challenging the City’s Human Resources Administration’s failure to provide food stamps to applicants from eligible households within a timely manner, as required by law. In 2006, this case has survived a motion to dismiss. HOPP has started discovery and collected evidence to further strengthen the case.


H U M A N RIGHTS PR OJECT The Human Rights Project (HRP) is one of only a handful of organizations in the United States working to apply globally accepted human rights standards to domestic social policy. At its heart, the human rights project is about using a model of organizing and advocacy that puts human dignity and human rights at the center of social justice work. By using human rights, HRP is changing the terms of the debate from charity to rights and focusing on government obligation to provide remedies where there are wrongs. Using a multi-pronged approach that connects the challenges of combating poverty and discrimination and using human rights standards where they provide more protection than domestic law, HRP is working towards building a better, more responsive city government and more collective community voice. HRP uses advocacy, media, education, and human rights documentation to advance our mission.

THE NEW YORK CITY HUMAN RIGHTS INITIATVE HRP is the lead coordinating organization of the New York City Human Rights Initiative (NYCHRI), a citywide coalition currently working on ground-breaking legislation entitled the Human Rights in Government Operations Audit Law (or Human Rights GOAL) to provide a foundation for ensuring comprehensive protection against, and pro-active measures to prevent, all forms of unlawful discrimination.

MONITORING DIGNITY HRP is currently working to promote the implementation of the Convention on the Rights of the Child (CRC) by encouraging the use of the CRC in local human rights documentation. As part of the effort, HRP is developing a set of indicators based on the CRC to guide human rights documentation projects and is a core member of the youth committee of the Campaign for U.S. RatiďŹ cation of the Convention on the Rights of the Child.

NYC PARTICIPATORY BUDGETING INITIATIVE HRP is a founding partner and institutional home for the New York Participatory Budgeting Initiative (NYCPBI), a new coalition of organizations, activists, and otherwise interested individuals working towards economic security and fulďŹ llment of human rights by increasing accountability and participation in the city budget process and other public budgets. NYPBI is coordinated by HRP, the New York City AIDS Housing Network, and City Project, and is committed to public education on the budget, facilitating direct involvement in the budget process, and serving as a public watchdog and catalyst of public participation. Participatory budgeting is now practiced in hundreds of cities around the world, in municipalities, schools, public housing, and other institutions.


M E N TA L HEALTH PROJECT The Mental Health Project aims to break the cycle of hospitalization, homelessness, and incarceration for low-income New Yorkers with psychiatric disabilities. For 1,000 clients each year, our lawyers, social workers, and advocates stop evictions; win Social Security, Food Stamps, Medicaid and Public Assistance benefits; enforce the Americans with Disabilities Act; find mental health treatment; and force jails and hospitals to plan discharges so that psychiatric patients and inmates are not released to the street without housing, benefits, and ongoing treatment. Based on what we learn from our clients, we pursue systemic legal change by engaging in impact litigation and advocacy. Through litigation, we have fought to secure the right to housing and support services for the 15,000 patients who are discharged from City hospitals’ psychiatric wards every year, and for the approximately 30,000 mentally ill inmates who are released from City jails every year.



On December 6, 2005, the United States Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit struck down the Social Security Administration’s practice of assuming that anyone with an outstanding warrant is a fugitive felon, and thus systematically discontinuing the benefits of every disabled or retired person with an outstanding warrant. The court ruled that the SSA must first determine whether a person intended to flee prosecution.

The Urban Justice Center filed this class action lawsuit in 1999 in New York State Supreme Court, challenging New York City’s practice of discharging inmates with psychiatric disabilities from the Rikers Island jail in the middle of the night with only a $3 Metrocard and $1.50 in cash, and without any psychiatric medications or referral to services. A preliminary injunction was granted in 2000, ordering the City to arrange for the continuing mental health care of the more than 30,000 class members discharged each year from City jails. The City lost two attempts to appeal this ruling, and since March 2001 has been required to provide discharge planning, pending a final ruling by the state court.

STILL MORE TO DO… On April 6, 2006, SSA announced that it will apply the ruling. However, SSA is only changing its policy in NY, VT, and CT and only for those who lost their benefits after the Court’s decision or were already in the appeals process. For everyone else, SSA will continue to terminate benefits under its so-called “Fugitive Felons Project.” SSA has terminated the benefits of thousands of people whom the police have specifically decided not to pursue. MHP plans to continue advocacy on this issue.

PRISON WARDS’ MOTION The City argued that Prison Wards should not be included in the Brad H. v. Giuliani settlement. MHP won the motion, arguing that Prison Ward’s should be included in the Brad H. settlement.

CRISIS FORMING MHP EXPOSES UNLISCENSED ADULT HOME MHP brought the unsanitary and unsafe condition of an illegal, unlicensed adult home to light on page 1 of the New York Times Metro Section. The home, Alberta’s House, has been taking clients with Social Security from city shelters and hospitals, putting 5-6 men in a room, and charging each $500 per month for rent. Former residents said there were “bedbugs the size of roaches.” MHP believes there are at least 50 illegal homes throughout the city, and intends to stop these discharges by pushing the responsible government agencies to inspect, regulate, and if necessary, to close these homes.


P E T E R CICCHINO YOUTH PROJECT The Peter Cicchino Youth Project serves some of the most vulnerable children in New York City - poor and homeless lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender youth. Many of our clients have been thrown out of their homes and forced to survive on the streets because their parents could not accept their sexual orientation or gender identity. They have faced violence and mistreatment at school and in the streets because of who they are. There are an estimated 23,000 homeless young people in New York City, and 40% of those are thought to be lesbian, gay, bisexual, or transgender. We address these problems through a combination of direct legal services for individuals and initiatives to improve the institutions where our kids struggle to survive. We conduct three legal clinics at an after school program and drop-in centers for homeless young people, one of which has been running continuously for eleven years. Every year we handle 350 cases on behalf of over 200 youth. We deal with matters ranging from applying for legal immigration status to appealing disability benefits denials to legal name changes for transgender youth.

ORAL HISTORY PROJECT Over the past year, PCYP conducted interviews of children who had been confined in state facilities. From this, we released Voices for Justice, an Oral History Project capturing the stories of LGBT youth who have survived the juvenile justice system.

SAFE, FAIR AND EQUAL TREATMENT FOR YOUTH (SAFETY) ACT This legislation, drafted by PCYP, would outlaw discrimination on the basis of sexual orientation and gender identity in juvenile justice facilities. The SAFETY Act is sponsored by Assemblymember Roger L. Green, and it is currently pending in the New York State Assembly.

NEW LEGAL CLINIC PCYP opened a new clinic providing onsite legal services at the Ali Forney Center, a program dedicated to serving homeless lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender youth.

Harmony is an 18 year old young woman from Jamaica, who fled to the U.S. after enduring years of violence and harassment, because of her sexual orientation. When she arrived here, her godmother threw her out on the street. With no where to turn, Harmony was forced to sleep on trains and in abandoned buildings until a police officer took her to a homeless shelter for young people. When we met Harmony, she was extremely depressed and terrified that she would be deported to Jamaica, where she could face beatings, rape, or even death on account of her sexual orientation. PCYP helped Harmony secure free medical care and mental health treatment and filed a political asylum application to win her permanent legal immigration status in the U.S. Harmony was granted asylum and will now be able to work legally without fear of deportation. Eventually, she will be able to apply for U.S. Citizenship.


S E X W O RKERS PROJECT The Sex Workers Project (SWP) provides legal services and legal training, and engages in documentation and policy advocacy, for sex workers. The SWP works in the following areas: criminal justice reform; trafficking in persons; and human rights documentation. Using a harm reduction and human rights model, we protect the rights and safety of sex workers who by choice, circumstance, or coercion remain in the industry. At an individual level, the Sex Workers Project represents 75 sex workers a year in legal cases that range from criminal advocacy to immigration claims. We use documentation-based advocacy,

policy analysis, training and education, and collaboration with communitybased service providers to advance practical, long-term solutions to the problems faced by this vulnerable and marginalized population. The SWP provides critical information to policymakers, activists, and the media on the human rights abuses faced by sex workers and those who are at risk for engaging in sex work. The SWP has spearheaded a communications strategy to educate the media, service organizations, and the public in order to put a human face on sex work.

UNITED STATES vs. CARRETO In United States vs. Carreto, five defendants were prosecuted for trafficking dozens of women from Mexico to the U.S. over the course of more than a decade. On April 27, 2006, two of the defendants were sentenced to 50 years in prison, and one defendant was sentenced to 25 years. These are the harshest penalties issued thus far under the 2000 Trafficking Victims Protection Act. The Sex Workers Project worked with many of the women trafficked in this case, and has represented them in all of their dealings with law enforcement and in their immigration applications. Extensive efforts by the SWP and other cooperating agencies helped these women to cooperate with the government in its prosecution of their victimizers. All of the SWP’s clients spoke at the sentencing, telling their traffickers about the injuries they had perpetrated against them. This result is a direct testament to the strength, willpower, and determination of our clients.

EFFECTIVE COMMUNICATION SWP has spearheaded a working group to develop a communications strategy within the sex work community. The goal is to improve public education by putting a face on sex work and accurately representing sex work as a human rights issue in communication with the media.


S T R E E T VENDOR PROJECT The community of street vendors, the services and vitality they provide, are part of what makes this city great, and rarely are they appreciated for it. Vendors are often poor people with little political influence, facing some of the most powerful groups in the city – business owners, real estate developers and the police. The Street Vendor Project is a voice for more than 12,000 people who have never before had an organization working on their behalf, and who have therefore been taken advantage of for more than 100 years. The Street Vendor Project works to correct the social and economic injustice faced by these hardworking entrepreneurs. Reaching out to vendors on the street, we hold clinics to educate vendors about their legal rights. Working to support a local vendors’ rights movement, we organize vendors to participate in the political process that determines their fate. Finally, we engage in systemic advocacy to help policy makers and the public understand the important role of street vendors in the life of our city. Currently, we have more than 550 members, to whom we provide legal support and education. Our work, however, doesn’t end at the curb. We believe a vital part of helping vendors is rallying the support of the millions of New Yorkers whose lives would be diminished by their absence.

DID YOU KNOW? This year the Street Vendor Project completed the first comprehensive report on the conditions of street vendors in New York City in 80 years. According to this report: MORE THAN 12,000 VENDORS WORK ON THE STREETS




VENDY AWARDS BUILDING STEAM This October, SVP held the 2nd Annual Vendy Awards honoring New York City’s street food vendors. We know that hardworking food vendors deserve to be recognized for the excellence of their craft. Congratulations to this year’s winner - Samiul Haque Noor, 36, from “Sammy’s Halal” on 73rd Street and Broadway in Queens.


F I NA N C I AL SUMMARY BASED ON AUDITED JULY 1 , 2 0 0 4 - J U N E 3 0 , 2 0 0 5










Mitchell A. Lowenthal, Esq.

Bingham McCutchen LLP

Chairman Cleary Gottlieb Steen & Hamilton LLP

Cadwalader, Wickersham & Taft LLP

Felipe Aransaenz

Cravath, Swaine & Moore LLP

York Stockbrokers

Debevoise & Plimpton LLP

Michael A. Barasch, Esq.

Dechert LLP

Barasch McGarry Salzman & Penson

Pat Budziak i2 Foundation

Jonathan Cole, Ph.D. Columbia University

Cleary, Gottlieb, Steen & Hamilton LLP

Dewey Ballantine LLP Frankfurt Kurnit Klein & Selz PC FreshďŹ elds Bruckhaus Deringer LLP Gibson Dunn & Crutcher LLP Greenberg Traurig, LLP Klasko, Rulon, Stock & Seltzer, LLP

Marc Falcone, Esq.

Koob & Magoolaghan

Paul, Weiss, Rifkind, Wharton & Garrison LLP

Latham & Watkins LLP

Jeffrey D. Haroldson, Esq.

Milbank, Tweed, Hadley & McCloy LLP

HDG Mansur Capital Group, LLC

Orrick, Herrington & Sutcliffe LLP

Helen Hershkoff, Esq.

Outten & Golden LLP

New York University School of Law

Raquiba LaBrie, Esq. Open Society Institute

Paul Weiss Rifkind Wharton & Garrison LLP Proskauer Rose LLP Reed Smith Schulte Roth & Zabel LLP

Anna Lefer

Shearman & Sterling LLP

Open Society Institute

Simpson Thacher & Bartlett LLP

Stephen Loffredo, Esq.

Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom LLP

CUNY Law School

Christopher J. Meade, Esq. Wilmer Cutler Pickering Hale and Dorr LLP

Arnold B. Peinado III, Esq.

The Mason Law Firm, PC Weil, Gotshal & Manges LLP WilmerHale LLP

Milbank, Tweed, Hadley & McCloy LLP

David A. Singleton, Esq. Prison Reform Advocacy Center

Christopher K. Tahbaz, Esq. Debevoise & Plimpton LLP

David Tobis, Ph.D. Fund for Social Change


O U R S U PPOR TERS Foundations, Government & Individuals June 30 2005 - July 1, 2006 $200,000+

Human Resources Administration New York City Council Robin Hood Foundation United Way of New York City United States Department of Justice


HUD Outreach Overbrook Foundation Mertz Gilmore Foundation van Ameringen Foundation


Skadden Fellowship Foundation New York State Nutrition Consortium New York Women’s Foundation Oak Foundation Open Society Institute Starr Foundation


Andrus Family Fund Cleary Gottlieb Steen & Hamilton LLP Debevoise & Plimpton LLP Equal Justice Works Fellowship Ford Foundation Frances Lear Fund Fried, Frank, Harris, Shriver & Jacobson, LLP Bernard F. and Alva B. Gimbel Foundation Henry van Ameringen Foundation Helena Rubinstein Foundation New York Community Trust New York Foundation Office for Children & Family Services Office of Temporary Disability Assistance Paul, Weiss, Rifkind, Wharton & Garrison LLP Red Cross Robert Sterling Clark Foundation Valentine Perry Snyder Fund


Barasch McGarry Salzman & Penson Pat Budziak & William Beecher Citigroup Joanna & Jonathan Cole Cravath, Swaine & Moore LLP Davis Polk & Wardwell Dewey Ballantine LLP Entwistle & Cappucci LLP Marc Falcone & Caitlin Halligan JP Morgan Chase Foundation Kenworthy-Swift Foundation Linklaters North Star Fund Orrick, Herrington & Sutcliffe LLP Arnold & Sandra Peinado Paul Rapoport Foundation Rockefeller Philanthropy Advisors Shearman & Sterling, LLP Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom LLP Sullivan & Cromwell, LLP The Philanthropic Collaborative Wachtell, Lipton, Rosen & Katz Wilkie Farr & Gallagher LLP WilmerHale


Epstein Philanthropies Caryn Gottlieb Greenberg Traurig HDG Mansur Capital Group, LLC Mary & Howard Kelberg


Kilpatrick Stockton LLP Mitchell & Ann Lowenthal Neal, Gerber & Eisenberg LLP NYU Furman Fellowship Peter Cicchino Social Justice Fund Reid Williams Foundation Richards Kibbe & Orbe LLP Sidley Austin LLP


ADCO Foundation Allen & Overy LLP Brenda & Kenneth Carmel Michael T. Cohen Bibi Conrad Cornerstone Promotion Trayton & Maris Davis Deloitte Financial Advisory Services, LLP Emanuel & Anna Weinstein Family Foundation Friedman Kaplan Seiler & Adelman LLP Gibson, Dunn & Crutcher Haynes and Boone, LLP Morris A. Hazan Family Foundation Hughes Hubbard & Reed LLP Keesal, Young & Logan Helena Lee & Richard Klapper Kramer Levin Naftalis & Frankel LLP Gary & Cissy Lefer Helen Hershkoff & Stephen Loffredo New York Association for New Americans Bradford & Kate Peck Geoffrey Rockhill & Elizabeth Satin Skyline Public Works Emanuel T. Stern Christopher & Leah Tahbaz Seth Grosshandler & Kim Wainwright Weil, Gotshal & Manges, LLP Lois Q. Whitman David Wolfson


Felipe & Anne Aransaenz The Block Family Foundation, Inc. Blue Ridge Foundation New York Ira Lichtiger & Joyce Bluestone Anne E. Cohen Geoffrey O. Coley Meredith B. Cross Daniel Leffell & Julie Domonkos Margot & Eric Egan John Ehrenkranz Equal Justice America Charlotte Moses Fischman Xavier Guery HBO Sopranos Nanette L. Laitman David Lehmann Jodi Malester Christopher J. Meade Metzger-Price Fund Morgan & Marjorie Miller New York University Lynn Penney Bud Perrone Pamela & Jeff Rabin Tim Richthammer Stephen & Wendy Shalen Michael Siciliani Sue Simon Katie Smith Liz & Emanuel Stern Katrina vanden Heuvel David Wolfson


Bard High School Early College Patricia Bauman Jonathan Belt Mr. & Mrs. Chistopher J. Berman Charles Bramham Liz Buckner Joe & Margot Calabrese Stephanie Cohen Dorothy & Lewis Cullman Frederick A.O. Schwarz, Jr. Wolcott B. & Joan F. Dunham Mark A. Underberg & Diane Englander Dr. Gail Furman Tonko Gast Lisa Post Gershon Terence & Juliana Gilheany Martin Goodman Matthew Grieco John H. Hall Abigail E. Disney & Pierre N. Hauser Jennifer Hawkins Molly K. Heines & Thomas J. Moloney John Holloran Gregory Bylinsky & Mae Hsieh Jill & Ken Iscol Harold Pote & Linda Johnson Madeleine Rudin & William Bruce Johnson John Konstant Donald Donovan & Jennifer Lake Carolyn Lee Daniel Lenihan Shaul Levy Victor & Leslie Lewkow Douglas Lloyd John Luboja Colleen May Erik D. Mayans New Yorkers for Children People for the American Way Kathleen Peratis Pfizer Foundation Herman H. Raspe William Roberts Patricia J. Ryan Catherine Samuels Anne Savage Launa A. Schweizer Jonathan Soros Marlene B. Strauss Christopher & Leah Tahbaz Judith B. Wessler Jide J. Zeitlin


Laurent & Johanna Alpert Bruce & Carol Angiolillo Leslie Annexstein Marion Bachrach Phyllis & Marvin Barasch Robert & Helen Bernstein Eric & Nancy Birnbaum Judy Carmel Frances Chang Ron Chernow Steven & AnnMarie Crino Leslie DeLoach Betsy Cohen & Marc Devorsetz Colleen Echeveste Fred Epstein Christine Fasano Beth Golden Jim & Gail Goldstein Robert N. Shwartz & Susan J. Greenberg James & Julie Hallowell Deborah M. Buell & Charles S. Henry Mr. & Mrs. Steven L. Ingerman Mariaud Jean-Philippe Eliza Kaiser Blossom Kan Anna Lefer

Susan B. Lindenauer James Lodwick Stephanie & Jason Manske Beth Margolis Michael Hirschhorn & Jimena P. Martinez Jason Megson Rosemary Moukad Randy & Renata Mulder Daniel Greenberg & Karen Nelson Dominique Penson Rosa Pizzi Joseph A. Popper Roth Family Foundation Phillip Saperia Michael Shields Christian Sinagusa Andres E. Soto Lisa Taubenblat Amy Yenkin & Robert Usdan Jay & Lyn Weiss Stephen & Rachel Wizner Markus Yakren Timothy Zgraggen


Laura Abel Joshua Adler Wallace & Alice Alston Alysha Austern Sheelagh H. Baily Ann & Mal Barasch Kelsey Batchelder Kate Tabner & Michael Boardman Peter Boyd David & Roanne Brodsky David Brown Shauna Burgess Marshall D. & Mary Butler Evan Cadoff Janet Carter Theodore K. Cheng Peter A. & Mary Jane Cicchino Dana Cohen Steven Cole Mark Colodny Patricia Corley Iva M. Creed Patrick Daugherty Adrian W. De Wind Lisa Dempsey Kristen Deubel Wendy Doran Jennifer Dryer Gladwyn d’Souza Jeremy & Amy Epstein Jose A. Esteves Paul Ferrara Jill Fieldstein Nora Fitzpatrick James S. Freeman Shelley Fuld Nasso Paul & Jean Funk Robert Jake Gibbs Carmen S. Giordano Charles & Lois Ann Goldsmith Shahna Gooneratne Ruth Axelrod & Bill Gottlieb Nancy & Jonathan Green Tracey GreenďŹ eld Rachel Grossman John Gutman Ann Hagedorn Mala Ahuja Harker Randy Hertz Ian Hironangan Katherine D. Johnson Robert L. Johnston Jeffrey H. Jordan Jenny Kaufman Bruce Kaye Peter & Mary Kaye

Kwin Khanna Karen S. Lavine & Donald G. Kilpatrick Kathryn & Alan Klingenstein Jody & David Kris Michael Kurtz Raquiba LaBrie Lenore Laupheimer Max Lefer G. David Lehmann David Lesser James & Valerie Levy John & Helen Liu Felix Lopez Joyce Manalo Robert Mandelbaum Geraldine Mannion Michelle Cherande & Michael Martinez Jennifer & Ian McAllister-Nevins Scott & Cathy McGraw Sue Halpern & Bill McKibben Kelli C. McTaggart Kirk & Judith Meighan G.G. Michelson Simone Monasebian Christopher Mondini Jennifer Nevins Lori Ordover Janet Page Laetitia Pasquier Sapna Patel Snehal Patel Chris Pepe Sherry A. Picker Brooke Pietrzak Jennifer Prissel Janet A. Gochman & Josh Rabinowitz Marc A. Rivlin Bethany Robertson Victoria & Donald J. Rose Lawrence Rosensweig Oren Rosenthal Adam Rosman Kevin Roth Nat Sloan & Jinkie Rush Joan Schmitz Bob & Lisa Schultz Ruth & Allen Schwartz Rahael Seifu Ann Lewis & Richard Seltzer Isuru Seneviratne Barbara & Donald Shack Charles Silverstein Michael Martin & Roberta Smith Jonathan Springer Stonewall Foundation Wendy Stryker Robert L. & Margaret Tortoriello Jennifer Tosi Laurel Touby Karen Trella Joanna Riesman & Michael Tremonte Jane Treuhold Richard Vuernick Jackie & Josh Weisberg Bari & Charles Zahn Richard & Carolyn Ziegler

UNDER $100

Theresa A. Anasti Elizabeth Arms Deborah Axt Robert F. Bacigalupi Peter Benjaminson Boris Bershteyn Kimberly Bliss Carl Blumenthal Jason W. Bowman Evelyn & Jerome Boxer Wendy Brennan Eric Broder Pamela L. & Jeffrey Brown

Jean Richards & Keith Burgess Karen Chesley Rodger Citron Steve Coe Community Access, Inc. Karen Dahlstrom Phil & Yazmin de Imus - Osaki Benjamin W. Dreyfus Dorothy M. Ehrlich Jessica Estes Andrew N. Fein Martin Feinberg Alexander C. Fleiss Don Friedman Paula Galowitz Scott Alan Evans & Liza Gennaro Adina Gerver Suzanne Goldberg Kenia Guerrero Sarah-Jayne Hall Malini Handa Sharon Handler Emilie Harkin Carole Harris Joshua Hersh Evadne Hodge Min-An & Chue-Jen Huang J. Rory Juriako Alan Paul Katz Thomas Klein Tim Button & Nia Krikellas Matt Lee & Ted Lee Edwin & Judith S. Leonard Fred Levine Sherman M. Li Yvonne Look S.J. Lowe Ellen McDermott Angus McIntyre Michael Meade Sheron Milliner Eric Moore Opal R. Muller Nathan Nebeker Martin Needelman Anne Nguyen David Nuss Snehal Patel Alan Pickman Sara Polonsky & Kunal Pujara Sophie Raseman Clara Reiss Vanessa Richards Elizabeth A. Richman Bethany Robertson Patricia Rockhill Carla Precht & Albert Rodriguez Miguelina Rodriguez Joe Karaganis & Emmanuelle Saade Michael Sacher Michael & Tamara Sansbury Carol Schweizer David Schweizer Ann Shalleck Needhi Sheth Doris Short Wendy Slater Michelle A. Spinelli Vuka Stricevic Rosalynn Su Serge Martinez & Sabrina Su Aleza Summit Ronald Tabak Bernard A. Twomey Joe Veltri William Yarrington Cara M. Zwerling



Molly Biklen Staff Attorney

David A. Colodny Senior Staff Attorney

April Herms Community Development Coordinator

Carmen Huertas Staff Attorney

Gowri J. Krishna Law Graduate

Annie Lai Law Graduate

Laine Romero-Alston Director of Research and Policy

Kelly Simmons Research and Policy Coordinator

Anika Singh

Staff Attorney

John Whitlow Staff Attorney

Haeyoung Yoon Staff Attorney

DOMESTIC VIOLENCE PROJECT Madeline Garcia Bigelow Project Director

Anindita Chatterjee Bhaumik Associate Director of Policy & Communications

Jae Young Kim Staff Attorney

Vivian Lehrer


Ernie Collette Legal Advocate

Kyle Dandelet Legal Advocate

Alexandra De Shazo Legal Advocate

Samantha Elkrief Legal Advocate

Jennifer Magida Staff Attorney

Gerni Oster Project Coordinator

Edwin Ortiz Senior Advocate

Avi Rosenthalis Legal Advocate

Ami Sanghvi Staff Attorney

Anna Schwartz Legal Advocate

Anna Tavis Legal Advocate

Lynda Tricarico Legal Advocate

Rebecca Widom Director of Research

HUMAN RIGHTS PROJECT Ramona Ortega Project Director

Ejim Dike Director of Policy Advocacy

Raymond Ortiz Paralegal/Brad H. Advocate

Jennifer J. Parish Director of Criminal Justice Advocacy

Aarti Reddy Project Coordinator

Joanna Shalleck-Klein Legal Advocate

Michelle Spinelli Director of Development

Zach Strassburger Legal Advocate

PETER CICCHINO YOUTH PROJECT Susan Hazeldean Staff Attorney

Anya Mukarji-Connolly Staff Attorney

SEX WORKERS PROJECT Juhu Thukral Project Director

Sapna Patel Staff Attorney

STREET VENDOR PROJECT Sean Basinski Project Director

ADMINISTRATION Sergio Sandoval Director of Administration

Josue Figueroa Receptionist

Thomas Renyak Systems Administrator

Andrew Shoffner Controller

Melva Yee

Christine Ortiz


Staff Social Worker

Project Director

Dina Pilgrim

Elizabeth Betancourt

Director of Social Work

Social Worker

DEVELOPMENT Michele Rattien

Noderea Reid

Teena Brooks

Hotline Advocate

Community Education Director & Discharge Planning Advocate

Staff Attorney

Jon-David W. Settell DoVE Initiative Coordinator

Jonathan Cohen

Danielle Spector

Staff Attorney

Staff Attorney

Gretchen Gonzalez Staff Attorney

Lisa Ortega Criminal Justice Organizer


Benefits Administrator & Office Manager

Director of Development

Hugh Ryan Development Associate

The Urban Justice Center has always depended on a talented and dedicated group of interns and volunteers who bring enthusiasm to the office, greatly expanding the scope of our advocacy, and who assist with virtually every aspect of our work.

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