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Celebrating 25 years of justice

This year Her Justice celebrates a quarter century of enabling women living in poverty in New York City to access the legal system.

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2017 Annual Report

In 2017, almost 8,000 women and children living in poverty received free legal help thanks to Her Justice and all of you!

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Meet the team

Meet the leadership and staff of Her Justice – working together to ensure women living in poverty in NYC get the legal assistance they need and deserve.

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Myrna's justice

Meet Myrna (right), sons and volunteer attorney Kate Powers, an Associate with Akin Gump. With Kate's team, Myrna obtained a divorce from her abusive husband, a work permit, and was reunited with her boys.

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The Her Justice Legal Help line operates Thursdays from 10 am to 1 pm. Calls are answered by trained staff and volunteers. All eligible clients will speak with a Her Justice attorney within 24 hours.

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Volunteers are the heart and soul of Her Justice. Whether an individual, volunteer attorney, law firm or corporation, see here how you can get involved in our vital and rewarding work.

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Your support enables women living in poverty in NYC to transform their lives – obtaining safety, economic security and hope for the future. There are many ways for you to donate or join us at one of our upcoming events!

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Her Justice provides free legal help to women living in poverty in New York City. We evaluate each request for legal assistance on an individual basis. Our general criteria are set out below. We weigh many factors and will take extraordinary circumstances into consideration when determining a woman’s financial eligibility for our help. If in doubt contact us.

Are you a woman or do you identify as one? If you do you may be eligible for free legal help.
Have a legal matter? An issue or problem relating to family, divorce or immigration law.
Do you live here? The Bronx, Brooklyn, Manhattan, Queens or Staten Island.
Meet income guidelines? Is your annual household income at or below 200% of the Federal Poverty Level Guidelines.

Her Justice At Work: February 2018

Check out what we’ve been up to in this month’s newsletter!

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Can A Domestic Violence Offender Own A Gun? The Reality Is Tricky

Her Justice Executive Director Amy Barasch speaks about the link between domestic violence and mass shootings.

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Cuomo’s Proclamation Won’t Fix Our Broken Child-Support System

Her Justice Managing Policy Attorney Rachel Braunstein authored this opinion in Crain’s about the futility of “Child Support Awareness Month” when many of the issues are inherent to a broken justice system.

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Amy Barasch and Kim Susser

Court of Appeals recognizes new frontiers in parenting

On Sept. 1, 2016, the Court of Appeals rendered a decision on two cases considered together on appeal: Brooke M. and Estrellita X. These important cases have received a fair amount of understandable attention for the victory the decision represents for gay and lesbian parents.

The Court of Appeals decision should, however, be appreciated also as a decision about parenting in its myriad forms. For example, a disproportionately high number of litigated custody and visitation cases involve domestic violence. Under our current system, most abusers, who are biological parents, gain some access to children. Another common scenario is one in which a biological father, who has not had contact with his children since birth, files for custody and/or visitation immediately after being served with a petition for child support.

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