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amNewYork Op-Ed: We can do better for the migrants in New York City

In this opinion piece, published in amNewYork, Her Justice Executive Director Amy Barasch Esq. weighs in on how New York City can do better for migrants and all of us. The op-ed breaks down what the city’s current plan gets right, where it goes wrong, and how we can right the course with smart solutions. 

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City Limits Opinion: Do We Really Support Children?

In this opinion piece, published in City Limits, Her Justice Director of Policy Rachel Braunstein outlines the importance of NY’s child support system, including how more efficient processes and better access could combat childhood poverty. 

“While states like New York emphasize supporting vulnerable women and children as a priority, there has been too little focus on the need to improve the child support system to do so—especially within family courts. Instead, these courts—which handle hundreds of thousands of cases per year—have been historically neglected.”

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Her Justice Policy Research Cited in Report on the Impact of COVID-19 on NY Family Court

Her Justice contributed to and was cited in a report on the consequences of the pandemic on the NYC Family Court. The report, led by the Fund for Modern Courts and the New York City Bar Association, details the dire need for reform as well as substantive recommendations for how to improve and modernize the system.

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Her Justice Testifies to NYSBA President’s Committee on Access to Justice and Committee on Legal Aid

In testimony to the New York State Bar Association’s President’s Committee on Access to Justice and Committee on Legal Aid, Her Justice Supervising Attorney Anna Ognibene outlines barriers to justice within the New York City Family Court system, including court closures and severe case delays during the pandemic, plus recommendations for improving the system for all.

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