Urban Justice Center (UJC) (New York City)

Has served New York City for for 30 years through direct legal service, systemic advocacy, community education and political organizing.
Urban Justice Center Website

Primary geographic focus: New York
Organization type(s): Provider
Acronym or short name: UJC

For 30 years, the Urban Justice Center has served 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.


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Tenants in New York Press the Record Button in a Dispute With the Landlord

Mireya Navarro
New York Times (NYT)
October 18, 2015
Renters in New York are fighting back against landlords by recording conversations.


Poison Profits

Nicky Forster, Scilla Alecci
Huffington Post, WNYC (NY)
March 31, 2016
Lead paint is making New York City’s children sick — and some landlords see it as the cost of doing business.

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More New Yorkers Facing Eviction Are Getting Lawyers

Oscar Perry Abello
September 13, 2016
According to the first annual impact report from NYC’s brand-new Office of Civil Justice (OCJ), 27 percent of tenants facing an eviction case in court were represented by a lawyer in the past year, compared to only 1 percent in 2013.

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For Tenants Facing Eviction, New York May Guarantee a Lawyer

Jessica Silver-Greenberg
New York Times (NYT)
September 26, 2016
On Monday, the City Council held a hearing on a bill that would make New York City the first jurisdiction in the country to guarantee lawyers for any low-income residents facing eviction.

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Tenants Push for Right to Counsel in Housing Court

Kat Aaron
September 26, 2016
About 150 tenants and lawyers gathered on the steps of City Hall to support a bill before the City Council that would give lawyers to all poor people facing eviction, making New York the first city to guarantee attorneys in housing court.


These Are the Attorneys Fighting Trump’s Immigration Ban at Airports Around the Country

Anna Silman
New York Magazine
January 31, 2017
A group of women rushed to the nation’s airports to offer their legal services to those impacted by Trump’s executive order on immigration.

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The ugly truth about your takeout: NYC’s delivery workers are often exploited and underpaid

Caroline Praderio
Business Insider
February 13, 2017
Many workers are starting to stand up to unscrupulous bosses in court.

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Why Trans Youth Are More at Risk for Deportation

Rachel Anspach
Teen Vogue
April 6, 2017
“What Trump would like to see happen is people who are simply accused of a crime placed in immigration detention.”

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The Car Was Repossessed, but the Debt Remains

Jessica Silver-Greenberg, Michael Corkery
New York Times (NYT)
June 18, 2017
Many of these auto loans, it turns out, have a habit of haunting people long after their cars have been repossessed.


Behind the minimum wage fight, a sweeping failure to enforce the law

Marianne LeVine
February 18, 2018
Raising hourly pay is a rallying cry for 2018, but states often fail to get workers the money that’s owed them.

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Law Helps Those Who Escape Sex Trafficking Erase Their Criminal Record

New York Times (NYT)
March 23, 2015
This article tells how civil legal aid lawyers are helping former sex trafficking victims erase their criminal history.

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As New York Landlords Push Buyouts, Renters Resist

Mireya Navarro
New York Times (NYT)
July 9, 2014
Mireya Navarro's article looks at how buyouts are becoming more prevalent on the housing market and their usage as illegal harassment.

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Push to Provide Lawyers in New York City Housing Court Gains Momentum

Mireya Navarro
New York Times (NYT)
December 16, 2014
Mayor Bill de Blasio’s affordable housing strategy to help tenants remain in rent-regulated apartments, the lack of counsel in Housing Court is drawing increased attention.

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